You don’t need to be an expert to buy window and door systems, but knowing the basics can help you make more informed decisions. Read on as Renewal by Andersen® of Oklahoma highlights the main terms you need to know when investing in replacement windows:
This is a catch-all word for the arrangement and proportioning of windows and doors in a property, specifically the openings glass units fill.
The sah pertains to the glass, rails (horizontal components) and stiles (vertical components) that make up a window.
This represents the construction that holds the sash in place. The frames of windows and French doors consist of jambs, which form the sides and the top of the units.
A light (or lite) is an individual pane within a window or door panel. Before the modern era, a fenestration unit contained multiple lights. Nowadays, large panes are manufactured with hardware strong enough to keep them stable, so windows and doors only have single glass pieces.
- Double Glazing
A kind of glass configuration featuring two panes with a gap in between for boosting insulation. Double-paned windows and doors replacement products provide excellent energy efficiency.
- Low-Emissivity Glass
This is a type of window glass with microscopically thin coatings designed to block infrared and ultraviolet rays from the sun to limit passive heating and fading on interior surfaces without impeding natural light.
- Gas Fill
This insulating gas is pumped inside the space between the two glass panes to reduce heat transfer significantly. Argon is the most popular choice because it’s efficient and also affordable.
- Warm-Edge Spacer
A spacer is the component that keeps the panes in place, ensuring they remain stable under stress. The warm-edge kind is made from a material that conducts even less energy than aluminum, like stainless steel.
- ENERGY STAR® Seal
The stamp of approval given only to products that meet the unique energy efficiency requirements set by ENERGY STAR in a particular region.
- NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) Label
A small sticker that contains key information about a unit’s energy efficiency ratings, such as U-factor, solar heat gain coefficient, visible transmittance and air leakage.
To lay the groundwork for your window and patio door replacement project, turn to Renewal by Andersen of Oklahoma. To get started, simply give us a call at (405) 212-5936 or fill out our online contact form. We serve Oklahoma City and the surrounding communities.