Wood replacement windows are still popular for many homeowners because their timeless appeal is noticeably absent from newer window options. In this post, Stittsville Windows and Doors discusses the typical anatomy of a wood window.
The Window Frame
The window frame is the largest part of the window and is made from wood. Typically, most wooden frames these days are leagues beyond their predecessors, boasting high-performance treatments that allow them to better withstand the elements.
A minor component of the frame is the casing, which is the trim that covers the gap between the frame of the house and the window jamb. When purchasing wood replacement windows, it’s important that the casing fits perfectly to reduce drafts and keep your new windows energy efficient.
Sash and Jambs
The sash is the movable and fixed frame that supports the glass area of the window. This is a common feature in double-hung windows; for other styles, such as casements, they’re replaced by the hinge, the part responsible for making the window swing open. The jams are what you call the sides and top of the frame, which typically surround and support the window sash.
The sill is an often-forgotten part of the window despite its overall importance to the whole thing. It’s the bottom part of the frame that, if you notice, is angled so it sheds water. The sill itself is located outside of the window, usually made of a different material than the rest of the window.
Also known as the glass panel, this is the most important part your window and in fact what most people call the “window” itself. A wood window has natural stability, but it needs the right glazing to ensure it’s as energy efficient as other window systems. A dual-panel glass is the best choice as it gives the window a measure of protection from solar radiation, such as ultraviolet (UV) and infrared radiation.
As your local and professional replacement window company, count on us to install your new wood window system. Give us a call at (613) 271-5434 to learn more about our services. We serve Kanata and Stittsville, ON, and nearby areas.