Windows are deceptively complex structures made up of many parts working together to provide the ultimate in both aesthetic appeal and functionality. If you’re in need of residential window replacement, understanding each of these unique yet critical components is necessary to ensure your long-lasting satisfaction with your new double-pane windows.
If you have a residential window installation on the horizon, keep reading to learn about all the critical components of a window, from exterior parts to functional enhancements.
When it comes to overall structure and appearance, there are three key elements of any window: the frame, the sash, and the glass panes. The frame encases the entire window, holding everything in place while providing a weatherproof seal. When undergoing residential window replacement, your installers may install a new frame or install your new window over the existing frame.
The sash is a critical component inside the frame. It is what allows the window to open and close, making it functional and allowing air to come in as well as light.
Next is the glass pane, arguably the most important part of the window. This is the element that allows light to enter your property while providing a barrier from exterior weather, noise, and other nuisances. Most modern windows tend to have two panes of glass, but older homes tend to have single-paned windows, while some properties even have triple-paned windows.
In addition to the structural basics, there is also a range of elements that enhance a window’s performance and add functional benefits. For example, weatherstripping prevents drafts and leaks as well as improves a home’s energy efficiency.
Other functional components include window screens, which keep insects and debris out of the home when the windows are open, and locks, which prevent the window from being opened from the outside to thwart break-ins.
Window treatments — whether chemical or physical — can help provide additional functional benefits and enhance resident comfort. Glazing treatments are coatings that are applied to the window to add some benefit. Examples include increased insulation, UV resistance, energy efficiency and general comfort.
Physical window treatments include blinds, curtains, or shades. These offer privacy, help control light, and provide decoration to your home’s interior. While not part of the window installation process, window treatments could be kept in mind when choosing the size, shape, and finish of your double-pane windows.
When choosing your double-pane windows for installation, you’ll need to choose from a range of material options, including wood, aluminum, vinyl, and fiberglass. Each has its own unique benefits and has a distinct appearance that may complement or clash with your home design.
Wood frames are a classic choice and provide energy-efficient insulation, but they require a larger amount of maintenance. Vinyl frames are highly affordable and low maintenance, and they’re particularly ideal for those in climates with high humidity due to their moisture resistance. Aluminum frames are extremely durable and modern in appearance, but they provide less insulation than other materials. Finally, fiberglass is energy efficient and durable, but it’s one of the more expensive materials on the market.
If you’re considering new windows for your Southern California home, Golden Glass can make the window installation process seamless and hassle-free. From fabrication to installation, our family-run business will work with you every step of the way to bring your vision to life on time and on budget.
Stop by our Fullerton showroom to speak with a member of our knowledgeable staff about your next residential window installation or window repair project, or give us a call at 800-64-GLASS for a free estimate. You can also fill out our online contact form with any inquiries, and we’ll get back to you right away. We look forward to hearing from you!