Thursday, February 12 2009
Here we have an interesting article on the Language of Windows. Please call us if we can be of help with your next replacement of windows.
Speaking the Language of Windows
If windows are the 'eyes' of the home, then some of us are in need of vision correction! Updated windows can make a 'Plain Jane' home in to a neighborhood treasure. But you need to know what is available (and what it's called!) when talking to your window professional. If you don't know your paladian from your jalousie, use this guide to understand the language of windows!
1. Fixed - This type of window cannot be opened. It is usually inexpensive and suitable for higher windows that won't be opened anyway.
2. Double hung - One of the most common windows and a great window for a period home. The window consists of two sashes that move up and down. Only half of the window can be open at one time.
3. Casement - Another common window, casement windows are hinged vertically to swing in and out like a door and operated with a crank.
4. Awning - Awning windows are similar to casement windows but are hinged horizontally.
5. Jalousie - Jalousie windows are horizontally placed narrow strips of glass, lowered by crank. Out of favor today, they were very popular in the mid-century.
6. Sliding - Sliding windows move on top and bottom tracks. They are very common and can be inexpensive.
7. Paladian - A paladian window consists of group of three windows with an arch over the center. These windows have become very popular in the last decade. They provide visual interest and drama to a home.
8. Picture - Picture windows are especially popular in ranch-style homes. They are large fixed windows flanked b y 2 casements or double-hung windows.
9. Clerestory - Clerestory windows were especially popular in Craftsman homes. They consist of a strip of small horizontal panes set high on a wall.
10. Ellipical or Arched - Ellipical or arched windows often placed above double hung or fixed windows in today's new homes.
The right window can make the world of difference to the look of your home. While I can't help you choose a window, I have given you the terminology to talk about windows knowledgeably at your local home center. So go impress 'em with your window savvy!