Glossary of Glass Terms
Acrylic – a thermoplastic with good weather resistance, shatter resistance, and optical clarity, used for glazing
ANSI – national standards institute. clearing house for all types of standards and specifications
Auto Glass – safety glass tempered or laminated to become a structural component
Auto Glass Installation – Installation done right, but not at the expense of driver safety
Auto Glass Repair – Replace glass to highest safety standards making it structurally integral
Auto Glass Replacement – Glass replacement done fast and safe, in-shop or mobile on site
Auto Glass Cleaner – glass cleaner for tough outside applications like bird splay resin
Auto Glass Quote – Fair price for repair without shortcuts or structural compromises Quote.
Awning – window similar to a casement except the sash is hinged at the top and always swings out
Bathroom Mirror – Mirror used for personal hygiene in bathroom are.
Bay Window – an arrangement of three or more individual window units, attached so as to project from the building at various angles. in a three-unit bay, the center section is normally fixed, with the end panels operable as single-hung or casement windows
Casement – a window sash that swings open on side hinges: in-swinging are French in origin; out-swinging are from England
Commercial Glass – Heavy glass used in large architectural glazing applications
Commercial Glass Door – Sliding or hinged door used in commercial storefronts and offices
Commercrial Glass Entry Doors – Circular, hinged or automated glass door used as main customer entry point
Commercial Glass Hardware – Hardware fitted directly to glass doors, usually requiring drilling through glass
Commercial Glass Storefront – System of large architectural windows and doors allowing display to passing viewers
Condensation – the deposit of water vapor from the air on any cold surface whose temperature is below the dew point, such as a cold window glass or frame that is exposed to humid indoor air
Custom Cut Glass – Glass that is specially cut to fit perfectly in an unconventional application
Custom Etched Glass – Glass etched with a custom design according to user specification
Custom Glass – Glass shaped or fitted to a unique application; not from standard stock
Decorative Mirror – Mirror having a special design quality fitting to different decorum styles
Display Showcase – Structurally tempered glass configured in a display case frame
Door Screen – Screen susceptible to corrosion or damage needing replacement
Door Screen Wood – Screen door with wooden frame, susceptible to climate rot over time
Double-hung Window – a window consisting of two sashes operating in a rectangular frame, in which both the upper and lower halves can be slid up and down. a counterbalance mechanism usually holds the sash in place
Double Glazing – in general, two thicknesses of glass separated by an air space within an opening to improve insulation against heat transfer and/or sound transmission. in factory-made double glazing units, the air between the glass sheets is thoroughly dried and the space is sealed airtight, eliminating possible condensation and providing superior insulating properties
Double Strength Glass – float glass 1/8″+/- (6.0mm+/-) thick
Etched Glass – Glass that has an artistic image or pattern machine etched into surface
Etched Glass Design – Custom graphic or decorative design supplied for glass etching
Etched Glass Door – Glass door, often commercial, that is etched with a logo or design
Etched Glass Window – Custom window, etched with a decorative or architectural design
Fenestration – the placement of window openings in a building wall, one of the important elements in controlling the exterior appearance of a building. also, a window, door, or skylight and its associated interior or exterior elements, such as shades or blinds
Float Glass – glass formed by a process of floating the material on a bed of molten metal. it produces a high-optical-quality glass with parallel surfaces, without polishing and grinding
Fogging – a deposit of contamination left on the inside surface of a sealed insulating glass unit due to extremes of temperatures or failed seals
Frameless Shower Door – Heavy glass door, structurally sound enough to eliminate need for frame
Floor Mirror – Floor standing mirror used to enable head to toe viewing of dress style
Gas Fill – a gas other than air, usually argon or krypton, placed between window or skylight glazing panes to reduce the u-factor by suppressing conduction and convection
Glass – an inorganic transparent material composed of silica (sand), soda (sodium carbonate), and lime (calcium carbonate) with small quantities of alumina, boric, or magnesia oxides
Glass Cleaner – specially formulated cleaner usable on most types of glass
Glass Door Shower Enclosure – 1/4′-1/2″ glass placed inside tile walls to enclose the shower
Glass Shower Door – Glass door custom designed or fitted to unique specifications
Glass Table Tops – Clear table tops in contemporary design allowing art of frame to show
Glass Window Cleaner – glass cleaner that is stronger, and made to leave less streaking
Hard Water Stain Remover – glass cleaner formulated to remove rust and calcium stains
Heat Absorbing Glass – window glass containing chemicals (with gray, bronze, or blue-green tint) which absorb light and heat radiation, and reduce glare and brightness. see also tinted glass
Home Replacement Window – Window that needs fixing in a hurry, but not at the expense of quality
Horizontal Slider – a window with a movable panel that slides horizontally
Laminating Glass – two or more sheets of glass with an inner layer of transparent plastic to which the glass adheres if broken. used for safety glazing and sound reduction
Low-conductance Spacers – an assembly of materials designed to reduce heat transfer at the edge of an insulating window. spacers are placed between the panes of glass in a double- or triple-glazed window.
Low-emittance (low-e) Coating – microscopically thin, virtually invisible, metal or metallic oxide layers deposited on a window or skylight glazing surface primarily to reduce the u-factor by suppressing radiative heat flow. a typical type of low-e coating is transparent to the solar spectrum (visible light and short-wave infrared radiation) and reflective of long-wave infrared radiation.
Mutin – a secondary framing member (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) to hold the window panes in the sash. this term is often confused with mullion
No Streak Glass Cleaner – glass cleaner that doesn’t leave light translucent streaks when wiping
Patio Screen Door – Screen door leading from house to patio, screened to keep bugs out
Picture Window – a large, fixed window framed so that it is usually, but not always, longer horizontally than vertically to provide a panoramic view.
Replacement Window – Window properly installed, on time, with quality workmanship
Retractable Screen Door – Sliding screen door, often needing service after wear and tear
Replacement Window Screen – Screen used in Go-Glass quality installation
R-value – a measure of the resistance of a glazing material or fenestration assembly to heat flow. it is the inverse of the u-factor (r = 1/u) and is expressed in units of hr-sq ft-°f/btu. a high-r-value window has a greater resistance to heat flow and a higher insulating value than one with a low r-value
Safety Glass – a strengthened or reinforced glass that is less subject to breakage or splintering.
Screen – woven mesh of metal, plastic, or fiberglass stretched over a window opening to permit air to pass through, but not insects.
Shower Door – Heavy glass door for low maintenance, high-end shower
Shower Glass Cleaner – glass cleaner formulated to remove water stains and deposits
Shower Mirror – Mirror custom designed to fit within shower chamber or area
Single-hung Window – a window consisting of two sashes of glass, the top one stationary and the bottom movable
Sliding Glass Door – a door fitted with one or more panels that move horizontally on a track and/or in grooves. moving action is usually of rolling type (rather than sliding type). also called gliding door, rolling glass door, and patio sliding door.
Sliding Screen Door – Tracked patio or porch screen with metal frame
Storefront Door – Glass door made to accommodate heavy ingress and egress from store
Ultraviolet Light (UV) – the invisible rays of the spectrum that are outside of the visible spectrum at its short-wavelength violet end. ultraviolet rays are found in everyday sunlight and can cause fading of paint finishes, carpets, and fabrics.
Vanity Mirror – Mirror attached to or installed above a vanity furniture piece
Warm-edge Technology – the use of low-conductance spacers to reduce heat transfer near the edge of insulated glazing.
Window Repair – Glass repair that doesn’t do unnecessary work
Window – a glazed opening in an external wall of a building; an entire unit consisting of a frame sash and glazing, and any operable elements.
Window Screen – Aluminum or nylon screen that allows ventilation but constrains bugs
Wrought Iron Mirror – Mirror framed in wrought iron
Windshield Repair – Windshield repair by a safety conscious certified glass technician
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