The Window Man Replacement Windows
703-978-9888
The Window Man Replacement Windows
703-978-9888

General Window Terms

AAMA
American Architectural Manufacturers Association
Argon & Krypton Gas
Inert, non-toxic gases used in insulating glass to reduce heat transfer
Cladding
Covering exterior of window to reduce maintenance, usually aluminum or vinyl
Condensation
Click for an Overview of Condensation and several ways to help eliminate it
Frame
Structure that holds glass in place esthetics
Glass
Roughly 90% of your window is glass. This is a good place to invest in performance
Glazing
Glass, may be multiple, I.E., insulated dual pane or triple pane
Grills and Grids
Simulate muntins appearance
Installation
The best window poorly installed will fail. Most window companies use sub-contractors but few will admit it
Joinery
Poor corner joinery can ruin windows made with the best materials
Low-E
Low emittance coating on the glass surface or on film suspended between pane of glass, also known as (Heat Mirror) which reflects long wave infrared radiation. Click HERE for more details on Low-E
Materials
Type of Window Materials and quality will greatly affect longevity
Muntins
Secondary framing members that hold glass in sash. Example would be "True Divided light"
NFRC
National Fenestration Rating Committee
NWWDA
National Wood Window and Door Association
Safety Glass
Tempered or Laminated
Sash
Structure that holds glass, usually the glass part
Sill
Sloping surface, for water to run off, at the bottom of the window

Priorities

Prioritize the benefits you want from new windows

  • Function
  • Comfort
  • Energy Savings
  • Esthetics
  • Low Maintenance
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