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We describe the elements which compose an aluminium window and how they work

Aluminium windows are composed of many elements with complicated names. In this article we want to explain how each part works and more important, how they are called. If you want to know how the areas surrounding the window are called you can read these articles about Thermal Bridges in openings and how to solve them.

 

Elements of an aluminium window

Frame; It is the element that contains the sash and hold the window to the wall thanks to the edge brackets. It can also be called chassis.

Head and Sill: The horizontal profiles of the frame.

Jamb: It is the vertical profile of the frame.

Sash: It is the moveable element of the window. The movement of the sash it is possible thanks to the metalwork.

Metalwork: They are responsible for turning the sash or to live it fixed. The most important are the followings:

Hinges: They allow the rotation of the sash through clamps.

Latch: It is the mechanism which opens and closes the window.

Glazing bead: This part of the window fixes the glazing. It is pressed, holding the glass against the rebate of the sash.

Glazing: The transparent part is called glazing or glass. It is responsible for allowing the light and solar radiation to pass through.

Muntin: If the glazing is divided in portions, these are known as muntins or panels.

Weather-strip: Elements between the frame and the sash to prevent air from entering through these joints.

Pivot hinge: This part is in top and bottom hung windows. It is a hardware which limits its opening.

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