Knowing the Basics—Making the Right Choice
An educated customer is the best customer. If you’re in the market to make an investment of any kind, knowing the basics can truly make a difference. Making an informed decision will help you in the long run, and that’s why the experienced specialists of Window Replacements of Georgia are here today—to help you learn the basics of what you should know about windows.
You might need new windows if:
- You hear excessive outside noise.
- You have drafty windows.
- Your window frames are soft to the touch and show signs of rotting and water infiltration.
- Windows are not properly installed and are difficult to open, close, and lock.
- There is moisture between glass layers.
- You still have single pane windows.
- You want to improve your curb appeal.
Window Terms You Need to Know
To help you best communicate with a window professional to ensure you get the best results, Window Replacements of Georgia has put together a list of must-know words in the window industry. We hope this helps you get started in the right direction!
Apron. A piece of decorative trim beneath the stool against the interior wall.
Argon gas. An inert gas used between window panes for insulation.
Balance. A spring-loaded mechanical device used in hung windows that counterbalances the weight of the sash when opening and closing.
Casing or casement molding. The decorative frame around the window covering the space between the wall and the window frame.
Drip cap. A type of flashing installed at the head of a window or door to divert water to the exterior or block the flow of water into the gap between the head jamb of a door or window and the wall.
Frame. The framework that surrounds and supports the window system. The frame is comprised of the head (main horizontal part forming the top of the window frame), jambs (main vertical parts forming the sides of the window frame), and sill (main horizontal part forming the bottom of the window frame).
Fixed window. A non-operable window whose main function is to let light in.
Grilles (muntins). Decorative pieces that visually divide the glass into the desired pattern.
Operator. A crank-operated device used for opening and closing awning or casement windows.
R-value. A measure of the ability of insulation material to resist heat flow. A higher R-value indicates better thermal performance.
Sash. The movable part of the window (made up of the vertical and horizontal frame) that holds the glass.
U-factor. The rate of heat loss from a home. The U-factor (or U-value) is a measure of thermal performance and is the inverse of the R-value. Windows with a lower U-value resist heat flow more effectively and provide better insulation.
Weatherstrip. A flexible component placed between sash, leaf, panel, and/or frame to reduce air leakage and water penetration.
Weep hole. An opening in the window sill that allows water and condensation to drain.
Think It’s Time for Window Replacement?
Call Window Replacements of Georgia Today!
Replacing your old, damaged, and inefficient windows can be one of the best decisions you have ever made for your home so don’t entrust the job to just about anyone. Trust only the experts. We will customize a window replacement plan based on your budget, wants, and needs.
Window Replacements of Georgia is a family-owned business that prides itself on professional courtesy, efficiency, and high-quality work. Contact us for a free consultation and estimate today!