If the world of home improvements is new to you, getting your head around some of the technical terms for windows can be difficult.
To make the process as smooth as possible, we’ve put this helpful list of double glazing terms together for you.
If there’s a term we haven’t covered, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be in touch soon.
Astragal bars are set on top of the glazing to create a classic multi-pane window effect.
Typically featuring a central picture window flanked by two angled windows either side, bay windows extend outwards to make rooms feel much more spacious, light, and airy.
Windows tailor-made for a particular customer or property style.
Bevelled window frames (also know as chamfered frames) feature an angled straight edge.
Sitting above the window cill, the bottom rail is the lowest horizontal bar that interconnects the windows vertical sections.
A horizontal ledge along the outside of a window that directs water away from the wall below.
Two panes of glass separated by an insulating later of argon gas.
Windows with an upper and lower sash designed to slide vertically alongside each other, e.g. a double hung sliding sash window.
Also known as a picture window, fixed lights cannot be opened.
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Window sashes that create a flat exterior surface.
Georgian bars are set inside the glazing to create an authentic multi-pane window effect.
A bar or rigid supporting strip between adjacent panes of glass.
Also known as the Solar Factor or Total Solar Energy Transmittance, the G-value tells you how well window glazing transmits heat from the sun. You can expect more protection against infrared radiation from lower G-values.
The top horizontal section of a window frame.
Often arranged in a diamond or square pattern, leaded glazing bars are used to add a traditional decorative finish to windows.
Also known as sculptured frames, ovolo frames provide a soft, decorative curved frame perfect for heritage-style properties.
Multi-chambered uPVC window profiles trap warm air inside, enhancing insulation by preventing cold air moving around the frame.
RAL is the most popular European colour matching standard for powder coating, plastics, paints and varnish.
The sash is the moveable part of the window that holds the glazing in place.
Typically a curved or 's' shape positioned on the top sash, sash horns were originally designed to strengthen sliding sash windows and stop them from opening too far. Today they are added purely for decoration.
Windows with hinges positioned at the side of the frame that open outwards or inwards, e.g. casement windows.
Classically styled windows made up of one or two vertically sliding panels, sliding sash windows often feature a heritage 'grid' multi-pane window effect.
The vertical edges of the window.
A modern window style that tilts for safe, secure, and manageable air flow or turns to fully open inwards for easy cleaning and maximum ventilation.
Energy efficient plastic barriers positioned between the inner and outer frame of an aluminium window.
Windows with hinges positioned at the top of the frame, e.g. an emergency escape window.
The horizontal bar that sits underneath the head jamb.
Travel restrictors keep children and vulnerable adults safe by limiting how much the sash can open.
A small opening at the top of the window designed for natural ventilation when closed.
Also known as thermal transmittance, the U-value measures the rate of heat transfer through the entire window (frame + sash + glass). You can expect a more energy efficient home from lower U-values.
The vertical sections that form the sides of the window frame.
WER stands for Window Energy Rating and is based on a scale of A+ to G (G being the least efficient rating).
The parts that help the window to operate correctly, e.g. hinges, locks, latches, counterbalances.
The elements that enhance the appearance of the window, e.g. Monkey Tail handles, Pear Drop handles, D Handles.