Whether you are installing replacement windows in your existing home, or choosing windows for a new home, there are a few specific terms to know about the new glass. Will the window replacement be fixed, not capable of being opened? Otherwise it will be operable, that is, able to be opened. A pane is a solitary slab of glass in a window. The window may be glazed into the opening, or the glass glazed to anchor it in the frame. The glazing compound forms a water tight seal between the window and the frame. The mixture is a putty product, a combination of raw linseed oil and whiting, which is calcium carbonate. The two are blended into a soft, thick compound and smoothed onto the frame. When it dries it will be hard and fixed, holding the glass or window in place, water tight.
Some things to consider when shopping for a window replacement are your budget, the style of your home and how the window will be used. Finding the proper size window in the fashion that fits best in your home is another aspect. Will this window provide the right kind of security, ventilation and privacy you need? If the replacement is simply for a practical purpose it may be easier to find the one you need, or is the aperture a decorative feature?
Double hung windows often open inward with both the top and bottom sash. This makes them easier to clean and is a safety feature if they are on the second floor of the home. It allows for plenty of ventilation.
The material your new windows may be comprised of wood or vinyl, the vinyl is especially easy to care for. The shape of the replacements are usually a thirty by fifty-two rectangle with single or double pane glass. But the construction may embody an octagon replacement in single or double hung. Shaped windows come in a medley of fabrications.
Bay windows are decorative and allow a lot of light to stream in a room. Window seats are often added to the interior side. Picture windows are nice in the front part of the home to bring in light, as well as being ornamental. Round and oval shapes, with or without a wire caming design are an elegant addition for the exterior as well as the interior of a home. Decorative glass adds beauty and appeal without compromising privacy. There is a wonderful assortment of replacement windows available in every size and design for all homes.