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As a homeowner, it’s important to be familiar with window and patio door vocabulary—understanding the basic terms will help in your conversations with contractors, remodelers, or home improvement store sales staff.
But, before we review the terminology, it’s worth recapping the purpose and function of the windows in your home. While windows deliver multiple benefits, perhaps the most important one is air flow into and out of your home. On those perfect weather days when the breeze picks up, opening a window allows you to bring the fresh air, in. On the other hand, windows allow you to move smoky air out when you accidentally burn the popcorn.
And, as simplistic as it may seem, windows also allow light into your home. Imagine a house with no windows—how dark and stuffy it would be. Therefore, when you’re planning it’s important to consider window size and placement, because in doing so, you’re making decisions on the look and feel of the space. Finally, windows allow us to take in the scenery around us. Whether it’s a mountain vista, a cityscape, or just a small bird feeder placed outside, windows allow us to enjoy—and incorporate—the outdoors from the comfort of our homes.
Explaining the language of windows and patio doors is what the Learn the Lingo blog series is all about—each month, I’ll have a new post in the series, helping you navigate window
language and terminology.
Become a window pro. Check back for part two of our “Learn the Lingo” series which will explain the different types of windows.