Are you looking for some replacement windows to spruce up your home this fall? If you are, then chances are you have already discovered, much to your frustration, that these windows are more confusing than you might have initially expected. But if you’re looking for more information about replacement windows, and the window sash in particular, then you have come to the right place.
What a Window Sash Is
The term sash refers to the window pane, and all of the other parts of the window you would find around the pane. Even if the window isn’t designed to open, it will still feature a window sash. Even though it may not sound like it, a single hung window has two sashes; a double-hung window has two sashes as well. However, when it comes to a double-hung window, both sashes will operate, while on a single-hung window, only the lower sash will work. Did you know that slider windows have two sashes, too? There is one significant difference, however: only one of the sashes will be fully operable.
The Different Components
What are the various elements of a window sash?
Rails/stiles: These form the border around the window pane. You have plenty of choices when it comes to rails and stiles since they can be made of vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum, and wood.
Sash lock: As the name implies, this part of the window sash is the locking mechanism. Once closed, the window can provide increased security for your home.
Sash pulls: The pull is where you can control the sash. You’ll find indentations, handles, or someplace raised to provide a handhold. Regardless of the mechanism involved, these will all make opening the window much easier.
Tilt sash release: You might see that modern double-hung windows feature a tilted design. The tilt is in place so you can flip the sash over, which makes cleaning it a snap.
Glazing: Glazing is just another name for the window’s glass. If a window is single glazed, it means it has one pane of glass, and so on. The more glazing a window has, the higher its energy efficiency will be.
Muntins: Muntins serve a decorative purpose. They are thin grilles integrated into the window pane that split it up into smaller sections.
Gas in-fills: Gas in-fills are used to increase the insulation levels of double and triple-paned windows, whether they are meant as replacements or not. The gases used for this process are argon and krypton.
Gaskets: The glazing used in a modern window is sealed in with gaskets. Gaskets improve the efficiency of these windows, separate double and triple-glazed windows, and also help keep the windows from rattling excessively.
Window Sashes from Capital Remodeling
Capital Remodeling is ready to transform your home this fall with affordable and durable replacement windows that are equipped with the highest-quality window sashes. With our quality replacement window options and remodeling services, affordable prices, and flawless customer service, you will love the end result. If you are ready for a free quote, visit us online or give us a call at 1-800-310-7154. To see examples of our work, follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube.