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Replacement Window Terms it Pays to Know

July 26, 2019 0

When you head to a replacement window retailer as a property manager to discuss a Brampton, ON replacement windows project, it pays to be able to speak the lingo and to understand the terminologies. No, you don’t have to be an expert on replacement windows, but you should know and understand certain terms. Knowing what you want and what to look for will make for a more pleasant buying experience. You’ll also find that things will move more quickly.

Here are some of the replacement window terms that it pays to know before you go to a replacement window retailer for the products and services you need for your residential complex.

Low-E Glass

Low-e glass is really a coating that is applied to a pane of glass. What it does is block the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that can enter your home — and it does this without compromising the amount of actual light that gets into your residence. So the light that gets in will be better for you, your family, and your possessions.

Argon Gas

It’s an odourless and colourless gas that is inserted between panes of glass. This gas adds an insulating property that increases energy efficiency.

Casement Window

This sort of window includes a frame, weather stripping, sash, and operating mechanism in the form of a crank. These types of windows also feature both a flat sill as well as a sub-sill.

Double Hung

Double hung windows feature two movable sashes that open and close vertically.

Krypton Gas

Like argon gas, krypton gas can be inserted between panes of glass. Odourless and colourless, it also adds insulating functionality.


A spacer is used to separate panes of glass within an insulating glass panel.


This quantifies the heat transfer rate and demonstrates the effectiveness of the window’s insulation capabilities. The lower the U-factor, the better.

Weather Stripping

Weather stripping is a material intended to seal the frame and sash so that water and air don’t get into the residence.

Fixed Window/Picture Window

A fixed window is, as the term suggests, fixed. It does not open and therefore features no opening and closing mechanism. Usually paired with an operating window, a fixed window or picture window allows a lot of light to get into the home and provides an unobstructed view.

These are just some of the terms you should be aware of before you start a Brampton, ON replacement windows project in your residential complex. At Brock Doors and Windows Ltd., we have experience working with property managers. As an experienced replacement window retailer, we have helped clients with projects that are small scale, large scale, and everything in between. We’ll also take the time to explain the jargon and terms since there really are so many of them. You can visit our Brampton, ON location at 278 Orenda Road Brampton, ON L6T 4X6 or give us a call at (905) 791-2850. Our goal is to ensure that your projects are successful, and we will expend any effort to help in any way we can.

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