When shopping around for replacement windows and patio doors on Long Island, you’ll be more likely to make wise decisions if you speak the same language as the representatives you’re talking to. To help you get started, our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island customer service team put together this list of 10 words you should recognize and understand.

1. Window Apron: A decorative trim immediately beneath the window stool. This feature looks similar to molding, and adds a little extra visual interest to your interior décor.

2. Window Balance: A device used to make double-hung windows easier to open. It is a spring that bears the weight of the sash, and is hidden from view. In older windows, these were often lead weights that traveled up and down in a pocket next to the window.

3. Window Grilles: Horizontal or vertical bars used to form a pattern to accentuate the window unit. These are intended to mimic the older muntins that separated individual panes of glass that made up the window.

4. Window Hardware: Any device, assembly or fitting used to operate a window. Cords, locing mechanisms, hinges and handles, are all considered hardware.

5. Insulated Window Glass: Two or more sheets of glass with space between them that are permanently sealed to improve insulating performance. These are usually filled with some kind of inert gas to further improve their insulating properties.

6. Window Sash: A movable or stationary part of the window unit that is within the frame, but separate. The sash consists of glass, rails, and stiles. Double-hung windows have two movable sash, while single-hung windows have one movable and one stationary sash.

7. Window Rail: A horizontal bar that runs across the bottom of a lower sash and across the top of an upper sash.

8. Window Sill: An interior part of the window that forms the bottom of a window frame.

9. Window Stile: A vertical component, similar to rails, that runs vertically on the sides of a sash.

10. Window Stool: An attachment to the window sill that runs horizontally across the bottom of the window. This ledge is what most people call the sill, and is primarily for decorative purposes, like sitting a potted plant or small knick-knacks upon.

Understanding the replacement window language helps you better communicate and ask questions of your window sales representative and helps you make confident decisions as you explore replacement window solutions for your Long Island home.

The more you know, the better-informed you are before designing high-performance replacement windows and the happier you’ll be after the installation.

There is a lot to learn about what modern, custom-built replacement windows can and cannot do. You may hear representatives talk about low-E glazing, warm edge technology, and U-factor ratings that affect how well certain replacement windows perform in different environments.

The Renewal by Andersen of Long Island team is here to help you understand this industry jargon, and we’ll work hard to make sure your questions and concerns are fully addressed before you decide which replacement window styles and accessories are best for you and your home.

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Have questions about replacement window and patio door parts? Need help to decide whether double-hung windows, casements or sliders are best for your living areas? Our representatives have the experience and expertise to answer all of your questions.

To get started, simply fill in the short form on this page, or call 1-888-826-2451 to schedule an in-home, no-obligation consultation today.


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