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Useful Guides & Manuals
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Window Maintenance Guides
- Air Infiltration
- The amount of air leaking in and out of a building through cracks in walls, windows and doors.
- This is a component placed at the perimeter of an insulting glass unit to separate lites – or single panes – of glass.
- Aluminum Clad Window
- A wood window covered with extruded aluminum to provide a durable, easy to maintain seal.
- An inert, non-toxic gas used to insulate glass against the cold, and to reduce heat transfer to and from the interior of a home or building.
- An interior moulding attached to one of a pair of doors, or side-hinged windows to prevent
- Awning Window
- A top-hinged sash window that swings outwards from the bottom.
- A spring loaded device used to counter-balance the sash of a hung window, thereby holding it in the ‘up’ position.
- Bay Window
- A three-window combination that projects out from a wall. Typically, bay windows feature a large center window with two flanking units, and are usually built at a 30 or 45 degree angle.
- Bow Window
- A combination window that projects out of the exterior, usually with four or more windows in a radial or bow formation.
- A decorative border that runs along the entire perimeter of a window and is visible on the exterior.
- Cam Locks
- The hardware that locks the sash to the frame of the window.
- Casement Window
- A window with a side-hinge sash that swings outwards from one side.
- Exposed moulding or framing around a window or door used to cover the space between the window frame or jamb and the wall. Casing is available in a variety of shapes and sizes.
- A compound used for filling joints and sealing cracks to prevent leakage of water and air.
- Combination Window
- A combination of two or more complete windows attached together to add architectural appeal to a home.
- Moisture that forms on glass surfaces due to cold temperatures, high humidity, or poor air flow. Please read our Maintenance Guide for more information.
- Dew Point Temperature
- The temperature at which water vapour in the air starts to condense in the form of liquid, or as frost.
- Dual Pane
- An insulted glass unit, comprised to two panes of glass built together using a sealant and a spacer bar.
- This refers to the size of open space in certain windows. To be safe, the egress must be large enough for a person to climb through in an emergency.
- A process by which a heated material is forced through a die to produce aluminum, PVC and other profiles or components used in the production of windows and doors.
- A toothed joint used to connect two pieces of wood end to end.
- Fixed Sash Window
- A picture window with an non-operable sash used to create matching sightlines in a operable window.
- Sheet metal used during the window installation process to facilitate water drainage, and to prevent water from leaking into a home or building.
- The installation of glass in a window opening.
- Glazing Stop
- A removable trim that holds the glass in place.
- Grilles (Muntin Bars)
- Dividing bars inserted between panes of glass to add a decorative flair.
- A supporting member or beam above a window opening used to shift the weight of the building to the supporting walls on each side of a window. The term “header” generally refers to a wood beam. A “lintel” is a steel beam.
- A movable joint that enables a window to swing open.
- Inside Casing (Interior Trim)
- The inside visible moulding that surrounds the interior of the window frame.
- Jamb Extension
- A board (wood or PVC) used to increase the depth of window frame jambs to fit any thicknesses of wall.
- A single pane of glass.
- Low-Emissivity Coating (Low-E)
- Coating for glass surfaces that reflects radiant heat energy away from the glass. The lower the emissivity of the glass, the lower the heat transfer co-efficient.
- Obscure Glass
- Any textured glass (frosted, etched, fluted, ground, etc.) used for privacy, light diffusion or decoration.
- Crank-operated device for opening and closing casement awning windows.
- A sheet of glass used for glazing a window. After installation, the pane is referred to as a lite.
- Picture Window
- A non-operational window without a sash.
- PVC (Polyvinylchloride)
- An extruded or moulded plastic material used for window framing. Also known as “vinyl.”
- Relative Humidity
- Weight of water vapour in air divided by the weight of water vapour in completely saturated air at the same temperature, expressed as a percentage.
- Rough Opening
- The framed opening in a wall into which a window or door is to be installed.
- R-Value (Thermal Resistance)
- A measure of resistance to heat flow of a material or construction; a higher value indicates a better heat insulating property. The R-value of an ordinary single-pane sash with a 15 mph wind on one side is approximately 0.9.
- A sub-frame component that surrounds a sealed unit. A sash can be operational or fixed
- A close-mesh woven screening material of metal, plastic or fibreglass used to block out insects and debris, while allowing light and fresh air into a home or building.
- A compressible plastic material used to seal any opening or junction of two parts, such as between glass and a metal sash. It is usually made of silicone, butyl tape or polysulfide.
- Sealed Unit
- A combination of two or more lutes of glass separated by a sealed space.
- An often narrow window unit jointed to the side of a door frame.
- An enduring sealing agent that resists water.
- The horizontal members at the bottom of the window or door frame.
- Simulated Divided Lites
- A decorative bar mounted on the exterior and interior of a sealed window unit, giving the illusion of multiple sealed units.
- Single Hung Window
- A window where the top portion is stationary and the bottom sash moves up and down.
- Single Strength Glass
- Glass with thickness between 0.085 to 0.100" (2.16 mm to 2.57 mm).
- Stained Glass Window
- A window with a painted scene or pattern that has been fired into the glass. Windows with plain coloured glass set in lead are also called stained glass.
- Super Spacer
- The linear object that separates and maintains the space between the glass surfaces of sealed units.
- Thermal Resistance (R-value)
- A property of a substance or construction which slows the flow of heat; one measure of this property is R-value.
- A window set in the top of a window or door.
- Triple Glazing
- Three panes of glass with two air spaces between.
- Weather Strip
- A strip of resilient material used to cover the joint between the window sash and frame to reduce air leaks and prevent water from entering the structure.