What Holds Doors and Windows Together?

What Holds Doors and Windows TogetherWe take a lot of things for granted, especially these days. It’s a great gratitude exercise to appreciate the little things – it gives you a great perspective. The Valley Windows team has been practising perspective and gratitude ever since we came to be as a company. In fact, and we’re more than just a little bit proud of this, it’s the reason that we’ve been so successful in the industry, with our customers and with each other. We don’t assume we’re going to be the best at the beginning of the day and we never presume to know how many projects we’ll have under our belt by the end of the day. With this open-minded mentality, we’re encouraged to push ourselves to new heights, propel each other forward and avoid complacency at all costs. You might say that we’re the glue that holds each other and this team together.

Well, we hope that you’re not using glue of any variety to hold together your windows and doors. If so, you have an even greater incentive to call the Valley Windows team as soon as possible. But what does? What helps them to swing open and shut? Prop them when need be? Capitalize on the history of engineering innovations that have contributed to ensuring we do truly offer the best view. It’s a head-scratcher of a question but this site and this blog are the remedies there. Read on for more information:

In a nutshell, here are the terms that you need to memorize: frame, head, glass, sash, jamb, sill, rails, stiles and grilles. Now cover the screen and regurgitate those back… just joking. Over time, if you have grown to love these important parts of your dream home as we have, they’ll become second nature. And until they do, you can continue to check back in to the Valley Windows blog to answer any questions you may have.

The main components are the sash and the frame. The frame probably sounds the most familiar to you – the outermost area, sometimes known as the casing. It holds in the glass and the sash. The sash can be found directly inside the frame and is the conduit between the glass and the frame.

If we’re looking for more detail, the frame is comprised of three different parts that we mention above – the sill, the jamb and the head. If you look at an image of a window, it does start to become obvious which is which, but we’ll still take you on a crash course. The sill is the horizontal strip at the bottom of the window frame, the jambs are the vertical sides and the head (image this) is along the top of the window.

Filling in the blanks, the stiles and rails are the vertical and horizontal components of the sash, respectively. The last is actually a common decorative feature – the grille. The grille describes a different option found on the inside of the window with dividing lines.

We couldn’t fit all of this information in one post. We just suppose that it will give you a greater incentive to check back in.