Have you ever wondered what particular feature of a home strikes you? Especially, when you don’t like its appearance. Did you know that it’s usually the windows? Windows are such an important architectural element of a home: the size, shape, placement even special features on the glass can greatly affect the exterior appearance, not to mention the interior. Windows not only provide an aesthetic feature, but provide ventilation and how well they hold in or out heating and cooling temperatures.

If you’re replacing windows, it’s vital to consider how the new windows will affect curb appeal, light, movement and air flow inside. Scientific studies show, that natural light has a positive effect on people - especially when indoors, it helps to increase productivity, mood, and energy.

There are many shapes, sizes and features to consider. Some windows are specifically designed to enhance a particular architectural style. So, if you’re home is a Tudor, Victorian or Georgian you’re likely to consider windows that would correlate with your home’s natural and existing characteristics. A negative reaction to windows on a home is usually due to the fact that the new windows don’t complement the architectural style in shape, glass pattern, size, or even material.    

There are several types of window materials used for frames including wood, vinyl and aluminum. Each has its own specific thermal and aesthetic properties. Wood is classic, a good insulator but more expensive and requires regular maintenance. Vinyl is more budget friendly, easy to maintain and offers virtually limitless options. Aluminum is affordable, does not require much maintenance, is lightweight, but is a poor insulator. 

Window glass allows for the transmission of natural light, but it also allows heat/cold to enter or escape a home. Energy-efficient windows can reduce the transfer of energy by using double or triple coatings and glazing.

It’s spring and many homeowners are looking to replace their old windows. Before you call various window installers, we wanted to briefly go over the anatomy of a window to help you out:

Window Frame

It's the entire framework which provides structure and support for the entire window system. It consists of the head, jamb and sill.

Window Head

It's the top horizontal part that forms the top of the window.  

Window Jambs

They're the vertical sides that form the frame of the window.  

Window Sill

It's the bottom horizontal frame of the window.  

Window Cladding

It looks very similar to the frame and protects the exterior perimeter. It is necessary for airtight weatherproofing which prevents rotting and other damage.

Window Sash

It's the movable part or panels of the window which can tilted for easy cleaning.

Window Jambliner

It's a strip on the sides of a window frame to provide a better fit for the window sash.

Need a new window installation? We can recommend a range of style and materials suitable for your home. Learn more here. We can install your new windows to your new world.