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Learn Our Lingo! Window & Door Terminology

When it comes to everything having to do with window and doors, how much do you really know? The experts at Florida Engineered Glass Corp. are here to make sure you know enough information to help make you an expert, too. This includes knowing all the window terminology. Our impact window Miami contractors are here to help you.

 

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Window Terminology You Need To Know!

There are a lot of words when it comes to the terminology of windows and doors. Here is our list of the most important:

  • Active Panel
    • Primary operating door panel.
  • Apron
    • A piece of casing or decorative trim installed against the wall immediately beneath the stool of a window.
  • Astragal
    • A molding applied to one style of a French Door, Sliding French Door or French Casement window unit which the other door panel or window sash strikes. Usually, head and foot bolt devices will be found on the astragal side.
  • Bay Windows
    • A series of windows installed in a bay which is two flanker units and a center sash; a bay may be an arc or a polygon; when a bay is or closely approaches an arc, the window is termed a bow.
  • Capillary Tubes
    • A tube inserted into the insulating glass spacer that allows the inside and outside air pressure to equalize in higher elevations.
  • Casement Window
    • A combination of frame, sash, weather-strip, concealed hinges and operating device assembled as a complete and properly operating unit. Casements have a flat sill and a sub-sill; screens and/or energy panels are optional. Operating casements have a crank handle for smooth operation.
  • Double Hung
    • Double hung windows have two movable sashes operates vertically. Double hung sash is held in an open position with the use of coil spring block and tackle balancing devices.
  • Extrusion
    • An article or product of vinyl or metal-made by the process of extruding. Extrusions include vinyl sill and head jamb tracks, vinyl jamb liners and aluminum cladding used on the exterior of clad units.
  • Frame
    • The stationary portion of a window that encloses either the glass (direct glaze) or the sash (operating or stationary) and consists of the head jamb (top), sill (bottom), sub-sill, side jambs, jamb extension, brick mold or flat casing, and blind stop.
  • French Door
    • Marvin French Doors are available in either inswinging or out swinging rectangular or arch top style choices.
  • Handing
    • A term used to describe the right or left-hand operation of a window or door.
  • Interior Casing
    • The casing trim used on the interior perimeter of the window or door. Generally supplied by others except in the case of a round top casing which is factory supplied.
  • Mulling
    • The act of attaching two or more window or door units together. The joint is then finished with a mullion center cap or mull trim.
  • Obscure Glass
    • Glass formed by running molten glass through special rollers. These rollers have a pattern on them causing the glass to become patterned and thus obscure.
  • Pitch
    • A term used to describe the angle of a roof. For example: A 4-12 pitch indicates that the roof rises 4″ vertically for each 12″ horizontally.
  • Sill
    • The horizontal member forming the bottom of a window or exterior door frame; the lowest member of the frame of a structure, resting on the foundation and supporting the fra
  • Tempered Glass
    • Float glass panels heated and then cooled rapidly in a controlled environment. This process makes the glass several times stronger than regular glass. It also makes it safer because when broken it yields small pebble-like fragments.

 

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