Tag: window inspection

  • What to Know About Window Security Film

    Not all window films do the same thing and not all films are effective for your windows' needs. The main reason for window security film, according to FacilitiesNet.com, is to prevent shards of glass from injuring people if a window breaks.

    Security film "encapsulates the glass" so that broken glass doesn't go flying into multiple directions in small pieces.

    Security film is also thicker than solar film, and, instead of being applied to just the visible portion of the window, like solar film, security film is installed into the window.

    Check out the different types of window security film installations here.

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  • Window Construction Terms

    Do you feel like you're reading Latin when you are researching window construction and window repair?  Here are some basic terms and definitions courtesy of eHow.

    Rough Opening

    The term rough opening refers to the hole in the wall into which the window will be put. Rough openings are usually constructed to be 1 inch wider and 1 inch taller than the window itself. This allows a half-inch of play all around the window so that when the window is installed it can be made level and plum with shimming.


    A header is a strong piece of wood that is installed horizontally at the top of the rough opening. The purpose of a header is to carry the weight of the wall that is above the window and redirect it to the studs on each side of the window so that there is no downward pressure on the window itself.


    A stud is a vertical piece of wood or sometimes steel that is the main component of a framed wall. On each side of the window there will be a stud that extends from the top to the bottom of the wall, known as a king stud. There will also be a stud on each side that extends from the bottom of the header to the bottom of the wall, effectively supporting the header. These studs are known as jack studs or cripple studs.


    A shim is a small piece of tapered wood, usually cedar, that is wedged in between the rough opening and the window so that they hold the window in place. Leftover cedar shingles are often used for this purpose. Once the window has been positioned properly, the shims are cut off flush with the face of the wall and eventually covered over with interior and exterior window trim.


    A double hung window is a traditional type of window that is made of two sashes, each of which has a number of panes of glass held in it. The term sash refers to the part of the window that is pushed up or down to open or close the window. Common window sashes have two, four or six panes of glass in them. A double hung window with two sashes, each of which has six panes of glass in it, is referred to as a "six over six window."


    The window frame is the part of the window surrounding either the glass in a fixed window or the sash in an opening window. After the window is installed, the finish trim is attached to the window frame.

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  • Helpful Video on Window Replacement

    This video by Danny Lipford of Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford briefly discusses the importance of window replacement. Check it out here or click the image below.

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  • Window Maintenance Tips

    One important area of home improvement is to keep up with regular window maintenance.  Windows are in need of regular maintenance because many different conditions effect them.  These can be weather conditions like wind and precipitation, or even just wear and tear over an extended period of time.

    The best way to keep this damage from happening is to have regular inspections.  This will allow you to stay ahead of any problems and maximize the life of your windows.  It is important to know and understand the type of windows that you have because certain problems apply to some windows more than others.

    Facilitiesnet reminds us that the first places to look are the interior surfaces around the windows.  Check for stains or any moisture that has developed and make sure to take note of anything that you find.  Next, you should examine the fit of all the windows because any small gap can increase air and water infiltration.  While doing this, you can open and close each window fully to see how well they operate and if there is a difference since the last inspection.

    The main idea is that window inspections and maintenance are both important and should be done regularly.  We know these tips will help you when you are faced with the daunting task of checking your windows.  As always, you can contact us at Exterior Specialties of PA and we will be more than happy to help with any questions.