Whether you are looking at a steel, fiberglass or wooden door, the basic parts and terms used have a long historical foundation that goes back hundreds of years.
Most window manufacturers offer a plethora of custom window shapes (architectural windows) to replace existing windows or accommodate new home window installations. Check out our window shape diagram.
When looking at vinyl sliding patio doors, there are lots of options to choose from, this diagram labels most of the common components of a patio door.
Windows are an important element in the passive solar management of your home, providing heating, cooling, and lighting. The basic strategy is to maximize solar heat gain in winter, minimize it in summer, and decrease the annual cost of heating, cooling and electricity.
Although at first glance a window seems like a relatively simple concept, when breaking it down for the purposes of describing the individual components, a window can become a complex grouping of whatya-ma-call-its that make it impossible to convey to others.
When looking at the exterior of a window, there are more parts than you’d probably care to remember, and to make things more confusing, there are multiple terms that can be used to describe the same components. This diagram labels the most common terms.