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Common Window Terms

Argon and Krypton Gas
These gases are pumped in between window panes, insulating your windows and reducing heat transfer. They are non toxic and inert.

Awning Window
Awning windows are hinged at the top and open outward using a hand crank.

Bay Window
Bay windows are made by joining three windows together at a 30, 45, 60 or 90 degree angle. They can be made up of a variety of window types, including picture, double hung and casement windows.

Bow Window
Bow windows are made by a joining a series of windows in a 180 degree arc design. They can be made up of a variety of windows, including double hung, casement and awning windows.

Casement Window
Casement windows are hinged at the side and open outward using a hand crank.

Double Hung Window
Double hung windows operate by sliding up and down, and both the top and bottom frame can move up and down. They also can tilt in for easy cleaning.

Garden Window
Garden windows project from your home and have glass covering the side and top. They create a shelf to put plants in. They also often have vents on either side that can be opened to bring natural breezes into your home.

Home Window
A window that is designed for residential use and is installed in your home.

Low-E
Low-E is a treatment coated on the glass that reflects infrared radiation away from your home.

Picture Window
Picture windows, unlike most window types, are inoperable and do not open. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes.

Single Hung Window
Single Hung Windows have a fixed upper pane and a lower pane that slides up and down.

Slider Window
Slider windows are windows that have a fixed pane and a sliding pane. Unlike traditional windows, they do not work on a pulley system, instead the roll on a rail system.

Window Frame
The outer part of the window that holds the glass in place and can be made of vinyl, wood, metal or a combination of materials.

Window Glazing
Glazing refers to the glass on your window, it can be single pane, double pane or triple pane.

Window Pane
The glass in your home window. It comes in a variety of options, including double pane, triple pane and can have energy efficient coating like low-e.

Window Sash
A window sash holds the window pane in the window frame.

Window Sill
The ledge or bottom part of your home window.

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