What’s In a Window?
A great many things in life are more complex than they first appear. That’s actually one of the principles of great design; when something is designed exceptionally well, you won’t take notice of how well designed it is, because it’s so easy to use, and it performs its function so effectively. Such is the case with windows. You might associate windows with some pretty simple principles, seeing them as little more than a pane of glass in a frame; of course, great windows have a lot more depth than that.
One of the things that adds a depth of complexity to talking about windows is that there are all sorts of different windows, and they have all sorts of different components. The linked article shows eight different types of windows: double hung, casement, awning, slider, transom, and others. Each of these windows has its own distinct advantage; we’ll run a brief post on those different advantages, later. No matter what type of window you have, you can expect a frame; the glass is fitted into the frame. This frame will have a head (the top), and a sill (the bottom).
Windows are often thought of as a pane of glass, but here in Winnipeg, a single pane of glass isn’t going to be enough to offer the insulation you want for your home. Windows in Winnipeg should be double, or even better, triple pane. Triple pane windows have three panes of glass; in order to make that system work, a few key components are needed. The first is a spacer bar; this bar creates the space between window panes and should be made of a material that doesn’t readily conduct heat. The space between the panes is then filled in a variety of ways; there might be a vacuum seal, an air seal, or a seal made of inert gases. The substance used to fill these spaces can have an important impact on the energy rating of your window.
Weather seals and gaskets form another integral component of your window. With Polar, you’ll get weather seals that are built to last. Our Santoprene™ Weatherstrip technology comes with a lifetime transferable warranty; what’s more, it’s easy for us to replace in minutes should you experience any problems with your window’s insulation.
As we mentioned, there’s a number of other parts to various types of windows. Fairly soon, we’ll run articles explaining what the different types of windows are, what they’re best suited to, and what different components they’re made up of. For now, if you take away one thing from this post, it should be this: windows are more complicated than you might think. It’s important when you’re buying windows, that the manufacturer tells you about each individual component, why they chose to make it the way they did, and how it will help you as a consumer. Does it insulate better? Does it last longer? Is it easier to repair or replace? Asking questions, and understanding how complex the topic is – these are the keys to getting the right windows.