Fifth Ward Window Replacement
When deciding on Fifth Ward window replacement, there is a lot of industry jargon and lingo to learn. Every trade in Texas has a language that is all its own, and the Fifth Ward window replacement industry is no different. Below is a list of Houston pane replacing terms you will want to be familiar with, and a brief description of each.
Parts of the Window Itself
The basic parts of any Fifth Ward replacement are a pane of glass and a frame. These parts really need no explanation. However, Houston windows have other parts and hardware, and some of these have names you most likely have never heard. It is helpful to be familiar with these terms.
The frame of a Fifth Ward window replacement has different sections, and these sections have different names. The bottom most part of any Fifth Ward replacement frame is called the sill (most of us know this term from all the dust it collects). The sides of the frame are known as the jamb. While every jamb in TX has two sections (left and right of the glass), they both together are called a jamb. The uppermost part of the Fifth Ward replacement frame is referred to as the head. These along with the pane or panes of glass are what make up your basic Texas fixed window.
Fifth Ward windows that open have other parts in addition to those mentioned above. The sash is the part of a Fifth Ward window replacement that supports the movable portion. Because the window opens, this sash must be constructed differently than a typical frame. There must be grooves, etc. that allow it to glide open and closed. These parts are called stiles and rails. These stiles and rails that keep the glass in place make up the sash, which in turn is held in place by the frame.
Some Fifth Ward windows have dividers in them that give a sort of checkered effect to the window. These dividers can come in the form of muntins, which actually fit together and hold several different panes of glass to give the illusion of one large TX style window. However, sometimes this style is just for show and when only one pane of glass exists, muntins are not used. What is used instead is a purely aesthetic feature known as a windowpane divider or grille.
Anatomy of the Rest
The rest of a Fifth Ward window replacement is made up of the parts and pieces that attach to the Fifth Ward home, and hold the whole thing in place. Outside of the replacement frame is the area known as the casing. Sometimes made of metal or wood, this part fills in the gap between the frame and the wall itself. This is usually an embellished part, and a nice casing can really make a window look classy. Some casings fit to the outside of the home whereas some fit to the inside. One way is not better than the other, it simply depends on the look you prefer.
A balance is a spring loaded mechanism that exists in windows that open up or down. This mechanism is designed to counter balance the sash as it opens or closes in order to avoid slamming. A lift is the part of this type of replacement that you hold when you open and close it.
A crank is a device used for windows that open out or in. This device uses a pulley system that is operated by a handle that turns. Turn the handle one way and the Fifth Ward window replacement opens, turn it the other way and it closes.
Weather stripping is a substance- usually foam or some sort of other hardy material- that is used to seal a Fifth Ward window replacement in the area where the sash meets the frame. This allows for a strong, tight seal when the whole thing is closed.
There are other such sealing materials used in Fifth Ward window replacement. Dust pads are very little. They are usually made of cloth and are used in the corners. Gaskets are made of rubber. These strips are often times used on the top, bottom and sides to keep water out. Air is also blocked from escape when gaskets are installed.
In addition to materials that help ensure a good seal, there are a variety of things that installers use to ensure a good fit between the frame and casing. A shim is usually a small piece of wood or metal. It can be used in small spaces to fill in gaps. In contrast, a jambliner is often used along the sides of the frame to provide a snug fit for your Fifth Ward window replacement.