Window Terms: Vocabulary You Need to Know

So you’re going to get your windows replaced but as you do your research over the Internet, you get lost in all the window terms and jargons. Don’t fret! Renewal by Andersen® of Sacramento, the top residential window contractor in Davis CA and in the surrounding areas, is here to help you out with this list of terms and phrases commonly used in the window industry:

Argon Gas – non-toxic gas used by most window manufacturers to fill in between panes for better insulation

Condensation – moisture collecting on windows due to the combination of the varying temperatures from inside and outside the house

Double Hung Window – window style that has two movable sashes that can be opened or closed by sliding up or down

Fibrex® Material – a revolutionary window frame material that is made from a mixture of 40% wood fiber and 60% thermoplastic polymer developed exclusively by the Andersen® Corporation

Heat Loss – heat escaping from inside the house to the outside

Infiltration – air and water seeping into a house due to leaks and other causes

Jamb – the sides and the head of a window frame

NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) – an independent agency that rates the energy saving features of windows, doors, and other products

Picture Window – a type of window that is fixed and can’t be opened or closed but features a wide view of the outside

R-Value – a measurement of thermal resistance or how well the window is at preventing heat from escaping

Sash – part or parts of the window that hold the glass, including the exterior frame

SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) – measures how well the window blocks solar heat

U-Value – a measurement of heat transfer or how much heat the window allows to seep into the house

If you are in need of awning, picture, and casement windows in Davis CA, Auburn, Roseville, Folsom, and the surrounding areas, choose Renewal by Andersen of Sacramento. We have the extensive experience and training needed to ensure that you get the windows that you need and want. Call today for a free estimate.