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If you're looking to replace the windows in your home or car, you'll be hearing a variety of terms with which you may not be familiar. The same is true if you are installing brand new windows, for example adding on a patio that will have sliding glass doors. Keep the following terms in mind as you shop for windows, and you'll have an easy time conversing with salespersons and contractors about your upcoming replacement or new installation project.

  • Pane - A sheet of glass. Windows may have one or two panes and are called single or double-paned, respectively.
  • Vinyl - Polymer made from thermoplastic commonly used for windows. It is sometimes referred to as PVC.
  • Frame - Structure that surrounds a window or doorway and holds it in place. Frames are usually made from wood, aluminum or vinyl.
  • Sashes - Part of the frame that separates panes of glass within a window.
  • Tint - Refers to glass that has been installed with a special film, which is meant to reduce the amount of sunlight that enters a home or car. Tinted glass usually has a darker appearance than windows that have not tint.
  • Bay - A group of windows that extends outside of the facade of a house, making the room look larger, and are typically made up of at least three windows.
  • Bow - A bay window that is curved rather than angled.
  • Double-Hung - Arrangement of two windows stacked one on top of the other and separated by a sash; Double-hung windows typically slide or open outward.
  • Casement - Window attached with hinges. Casement windows often open using a crank.
  • Transom - Window positioned above a door.
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    Natick Window Company
    841 Worcester St, Suite 137, Natick, MA 01760
    Natick Window Company has been proudly serving Natick, MA and the surrounding communities with window replacement, window installation, and window repair services for years.
    (508) 251-8038
    Heritage Siding, Window,
    52 Main Street, Upton, MA 01568
    Window, & Roofing Co. is a family owned business, built on integrity, craftsmanship, and sound business practice.
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    Quality Window&Door inc
    17 Cassandra Rd, East Weymouth, MA 02189
    When it comes to your remodeling needs, we offer a long list of services. These services include replacing windows, siding, roofing, and doors. As professional contractors, we work with residential and commercial clients.
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    Medfield Window & Door Supply
    35 Main St, Millis, MA 02054
    (508) 376-8100
    Briston Plastering Windows Remodeling & Gutter Pro
    Westwood, MA 02090
    (781) 762-2553
    Pella Windows & Doors
    170 Worcester St Ste 100, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
    (781) 239-1161
    Metro Doors Windows & Kitchens
    377 Worcester Rd, Framingham, MA 01701
    (800) 696-7274
    Precision Door & Window Inc
    466 Sumner St, Stoughton, MA 02072
    (781) 344-6900
    Prism Window & Doors
    3 Elm St, Framingham, MA 01701
    (508) 877-3232
    JAC Window Treatments
    20 Carp Rd, Milford, MA 01757
    (508) 277-2590
    Precision Door & Window Inc
    466 Sumner St, Stoughton, MA 02072
    (800) 649-6901
    Cape Cod Lumber Co
    80 Hampden Rd, Mansfield, MA 02048
    (781) 261-7167
    American Discount Window & Door
    787 Washington St, Newtonville, MA 02460
    (617) 969-9111
    Holderbaum Window and Door Installation Company
    Boston, MA 02135
    (617) 783-0421
    Three Sons Window and Door
    85 River St, Waltham, MA 02453
    (781) 899-6003

    Window glass is mass produced in large sheets and then cut to fit the specific dimensions of what it will be used for. Large picture windows are popular, and stained glass, traditionally used in churches, is also commonly used to highlight the architecture of homes. Many exterior doors have small window panes in them. French doors and windows are glass doors that open to a patio or outdoor area. The invention of the motorcar directly led to the need for laminated glass, which is less likely to break in an accident. Sliding glass doors are also common for rear entry into a property. A skylight is a window inserted into the roof of a home. Older houses often have bay windows, which arch outwards and commonly have a window seat located within them. Automotive glass is specially laminated so it is harder to break. The invention of the motorcar directly led to the need for laminated glass, which is less likely to break in an accident. Car windows are also slightly curved. It is also commonly tinted to reduce glare. Heavily tinted windows are sometimes used to block the view inside the vehicle. Window frames are made of wood, metal or plastic. The installation and replacement of new home windows is a major industry. This industry includes custom window designs for new homes and to keep older residences looking modern. Depending on the climate, storm doors are common in some areas. In cold weather, it is common to install double glazed windows. These are also becoming popular in very hot climates. Commercial window replacement companies may also offer repairs for glass and frames. Window cleaners may work on small houses and large buildings, and the outside surfaces of many skyscrapers are almost all glass.
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