Windows have two functions: can open or can’t be opened. However, you can find at least a sheet of glass within the framework within a window. The basic anatomy is a pane of single sheet glass framed into a window. The term “glazing” refers to either the glass or process of securing glass into a frame. Other functions include the sill, side jamb and head jamb. These terms are important when finding a replacement window. American Home Center has you covered with all the right information to get you set up with the right one for your home. We aid Ruskin with their needs and address what types and custom dimensions are required. 

Basics of Replacement Windows

Windows designed for construction have a nailing fin, which is a rim that allows you to secure in an opening of a wall. A replacement window does not. It’s secured by an existing window frame with fasteners that run through the assembly, making it easier to install with little hassle. When you update any window within the home, make sure to measure for replacement for instructions. 

Two types of windows both include these terms:

  • GBG (grilles, which are between the glass)
  • Glazing
  • Sash
  • Side jamb
  • Head jam
  • Stile
  • Sill
  • Rail

Each type and custom made windows have their own unique characteristic. Considering the functions and specific features matters. It also helps you think if you want them opened or not, or how you think of maintenance and cleaning.

Types of Windows

Other types of windows:

  • Double-hung: these types offer a classic look and have upper and lower sashes. Both are versatile and can lower and raise to let warmer air near the ceiling to move out the top, and instantly cool the room. Most common double-hung windows will have sashes that tilt inward for maintenance. These are most commonly found in second stories.
  • Single-hung: similar in look, but only the lower sash is operable to allow air inside. Some specific models will allow the frame to pivot the sash.
  • Sliding window: one or more panels that are operable to open and move horizontally.
  • Accent windows: in different designs and shapes to provide visual variety. They are not operable but are fixed for view only.
  • Glass block windows: most commonly found in bathrooms for privacy. Constructed of mortar and sealed together by individual blocks, it is thick, break-resistant glass.
  • Basement hopper windows: the function is to provide airflow in the basement and placed low. They are hinged on the bottom frame allowing the window to open from the top.

We’ll Find What You Need

Don’t hesitate to call American Home Center for questions on what type of window you need for new construction or replacement windows. Ruskin loves our wide variety and different selections of styles, designs, and functionality. The steps to measure and make sure you have the right type within each room can be daunting, which is why we’re here to help. Call us today and we’ll get you set up with the right windows.