Glossary

Awnings

Usually canvas or some other material stretched on a frame and installed on the exterior or a door or window to keep out the sun or rain with a sash that swings outwards to maneuver movement.

Argon

Inert, non-toxic gas used to insulate windows to prevent heat transmissions.

Bay and Bow

Both these windows are placed at angles and stick out of the wall of the house. Bay windows usually have three windows while bow windows have four to five windows.

Casement Windows

Windows that are fixed on hinges to make it open like a door.

CNC Corner Cleaning technology

Unique cleaning technology employed to clean uPVC frames of doors and windows.

Clear Glass

Refers to transparent glass for maximum light and heat emissions into a home.

Double-sealed insulating glass

Double paned glass windows for more energy efficiency.

Double Hung Windows

These have two sashes that move up and down

Egress windows

These double up as windows as well as emergency exits of any place of dwelling.

End vent slider

These windows are tilt inwards contrary to bay or bow windows, allow ample outside view and ventilation.

Energy Star rated

Standard performance criteria for windows set by National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) based on climatic zones.

Energy Star

A US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program aimed at saving resources like money and climate protection through superior energy efficiency.

Fixed Casement

Similar to casement windows in function these cannot be maneuvered and ideal for outdoor views.

Fiberglass

Glass fibers fixed in a resin matrix to create reinforced plastic.

Fenestration

Arrangement of doors and windows on walls of buildings.

Fenestration remodeling

Change existing arrangement of doors and windows in a building.

Frame

The main structure comprising two vertical and two horizontal panels on which glass panes rest.

Fusion welded frame

Method to join PVC frames and sashes for windows

Garden Windows

These are windows that protrude outwards slightly from a wall to allow more sunlight and is created on greenhouse principle.

Heat Loss

Transmission of heat from outdoors to indoors affecting temperature inside.

Hopper Windows

Similar to awnings and casements, but have hinges swinging inwards for movements rather than sliding or lifting movements.

Hung Windows

These windows are made or one or more panels or sashes that hold glass in panes.

100% lead free uPVC

Environmentally friendly synthetic compound made from 100% recyclable materials.

Insulating Glass

Two or more glass panes fitted together with air space in between to prevent air loss.

Jamb

Main vertical portions forming the sides of doors or windows.

Jamb extension

An added portion to the existing jamb for it to appropriately fit the thickness of the wall.

Low E-argon gas windows

These windows have thin metallic coating that reflects the heat or cold leading to optimal insulation.

MDF

Medium Density Fiberboard, an engineered wood product.

Multi-point locking systems

Innovative locking mechanism to provide protection and safety.

National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)

A non-profit independent organization that aims to provide reliable ratings of energy performance of windows and doors.

Picture Slider Windows

Usually refers to one single large pane of glass most apt for living rooms.

Sash

Framed part of the window that holds the glass together.

Solid hardwoods

A term used to differentiate between ordinary lumber and engineered wood.

Super Spacer Glass

Patented dual seal insulation system that keeps edges well sealed to prevent heat or cold loss.

Triple Glazing or Glass

Refers to three layers of glass in doors or windows, separated by air spaces.

Vinyl

Synthetic compound consisting of polyvinyl chloride or some other related polymer.