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What Are The Different Parts Of A Window Called?

Understanding the different parts of a window can aid you in choosing the ideal set of windows for you, as well as helping you to care for your windows and ensure that they can stay in tip top condition for as long as possible. You may be under the false impression that a window consists of nothing more than a frame and some glass, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Luckily it needn’t be difficult to get to grips with the different parts that contribute to creating a window, as it’s simple to understand the features that make up the perfect set!

Most of the common windows that you are able to source consist of two main components – the outer frame and the sash. The outer frame is essentially the surface area, or the external casing of your window, and inside of the frame is the aforementioned sash as well as the glass too. The inside area of the frame is known as the wash, and it’s the feature of your window that holds the glass in place. A great example could be a single-hung window, as sash is the piece that you use to slide the window open. 


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When it comes to the windows frame, there are 3 main features that come together to create a strong and sturdy perimeter that can support the weight of the glass. First of all you have the sill, which is the horizontal strip that is placed along the bottom line of your window frame. Second comes the jamb, which offers vertical support for the window frame, followed by the final feature, the head, which lines the top of frame to complete the square or rectangle. 

The sash is made up of several different components, each of which are equal in their importance. The stiles make up the vertical sections of your windows sash, whilst the horizontal sections are commonly known as rails. 

The sash outlines the most important feature of your windows – the glass. The glass inside a window is often referred to as the windowpane, which references the different glass sections that come together to complete the piece.

A very common decorative concept that can take your windows to a whole new level are features called grilles. These grilles are essentially an option that allows you to add some lines that can divide your glass, both inside the windows glass itself (known as GBG’s or grilles between glass) or actually on top of the glass’ exterior surface (referred to as SDL’s or simulated divided lites). You can get many other decorative features to upgrade the individuality of your windows, so you needn’t stick with a simplistic approach if this isn’t for you. 

Windows can come in many shapes, sizes and styles, but they all consist of the same main features that have been detailed above. Now that you have been able to familiarise yourself with the different components that contribute to the creation of a window, you can explore our amazing ranges that will no doubt fit your every need. 

How Do Greenhouse Window Openers Work

Making sure that your greenhouse has enough ventilation really is crucial if you want to keep your plants healthy in the middle of the summer. If your greenhouse doesn’t have enough ventilation, then you may find that the lack of humidity and the extreme heat harms your produce and that it also stops them from growing. A fantastic way for you to make sure that your plants are growing as they should, would be for you to provide them with the perfect environment. This can be done by investing in electric greenhouse window opener.

What are Greenhouse Vents?

Automatic greenhouse vents have a piston which gives them the ability to either open or close automatically. When the warmer weather hits, your vents will open and when the temperature drops, the vents will stay closed. Greenhouse vents are very easy to install. The pistons have a specially designed wax which when heated, expands. The greenhouse window openers can be installed onto any greenhouse and you don’t need to operate them at all. The type of vent that you invest in will largely depend on where you would like your greenhouse vent to be. You can have it on the roof, or as a side vent if you want. The vent that you do decide to invest in will largely depend on the plants that you have and the amount of sun you get.

If you are concerned about your vent not being in the right place, then you may want to try and install it where the sun hits the most. That way it will open up whenever the hottest part of the greenhouse exceeds a certain temperature. This is ideal if you have plants that don’t require as much heat. If you are growing plants that do require a large amount of heat on the other hand then installing it on the coldest window in the greenhouse would work because in this instance, it only works when the coolest part exceeds the heat threshold you’d like. Ideally, having a vent at either side would work well if you have a large greenhouse because that way you can control both sides of the greenhouse at the same time depending on the amount of sun each side is getting.

Benefits of Greenhouse Vents

  • There are many benefits of greenhouse vents. If you were to fit one in your greenhouse then you will easily be able to save yourself a huge amount of time and effort. As the weather and the temperature in your greenhouse fluctuates, you won’t have to worry about opening the vents.
  • Automatic vents are the way to go if you feel as though you are constantly having to visit your greenhouse every single day just to open the window and they are also ideal if you work and don’t have the time to visit your greenhouse every single day.
  • A greenhouse that has a fantastic level of ventilation will easily keep your plants healthy and it will also make them more resistant to pest attacks as well. The main reason for this is because pests thrive on plants that are dried out or without adequate water. Vents will stop this from happening because they let cool air in, therefore stopping your plants from dehydrating as much.
  • If you’re concerned about pollinating insects then you’ll be glad to know that automatic vent openers let these types of bugs in, so that you can speed up the process of pollination without having to worry about manually controlling the temperature of your greenhouse.
  • Another benefit of an automatic vent opener is that it will ensure positive oxygen and carbon levels within your greenhouse to make sure that the environment is much more suited to plant growth.

All About Electric Greenhouse Vents

If you have an electric vent, then this will use some kind of power to open the vent. This can be in the form of a solar cell, battery or even line power. A lot of systems have a backup source so that the vents can be opened if the power should fail. Electric systems are much more advanced and reliable so if you want a long-term solution then they are certainly worth looking into. If you are on a budget on the other hand, then you may want to try and invest in an automatic one as this will do the same job but without the additional benefits. This is a great way for you to have a vent system without going over budget.


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Top 10 Window Opening Types

Windows play an integral role in any home, and it is important that you do as much as possible to make the most of this. You need to look at what you can do to make sure you get the best possible windows for your home. Believe it or not, there are quite a few different types of windows to choose from, and each of them operates in a slightly different way.

This is why it is important to make sure you look at some of the different windows that are available and the different ways in which they open. Understanding the different windows you want for your home is really important to sort out before you get a quote. And this is something that you need to think about as much as possible. Here are some of the top 10 opening types of window you should definitely know about.

 1. Side Hung

Side hung windows are one of the most popular types, with hinges on one side, and a handle on the other. Simple and effective, these side opening windows offer maximum practicality, can be opened fully, and offer great security. The only drawback with side hung windows is that they can sometimes move with enough pressure, and this is something to consider with gale-force winds.

 2. Top & Bottom Hung

Top hung and bottom hung windows are of a similar ilk to side hung windows, except that they have a horizontal axis on either the top or the bottom. These windows are designed specifically for ventilation, without the windows being opened completely, generally for safety reasons. Ideal choices for top and bottom hung windows to be used would be classrooms and schools, where they offer great security as well as airing the rooms.

 3. Side Guided

Side guided windows share a lot of similarities with the side hung windows. However, the main difference here is to do with the hinges that are used. Side guided windows tend to have the window sash move across when opened, so this lends an aesthetic without visible hinges. This is a fine choice for those looking to improve and boost the aesthetic appeal of a home.

 4. Top Guided

Top guided is a very popular design for those sorts of top opening windows that are wide and short, and these windows open out and up, with a handle at the bottom. These windows are a simple yet effective design, and this is something to keep in mind when making your choice. They are stylish, but they are not necessarily the most practical choice for homeowners.

 5. Top Swing

Similar to the top guided windows, but with much more to offer, the top swing windows can pivot almost 180 degrees, allowing you to experience the full impact of the window. It lets you air the room much better while at the same time being much easier to clean. Top swing windows are not overly common, as not all window manufacturers can create them. So it would be worth enquiring about these in advance.

 6. Tilt Turn

Tilt turn windows rank among the best and most popular of the window types in the UK due to their versatility. These windows operate on two separate axis; tilting and turning, and this is something that makes them so appealing to consumers. This is basically a design that combines the best parts of side hung and bottom hung windows, and this is something you need to keep in mind right now.

 7. Fixed

Fixed windows are not exactly a type that opens, but, instead, do what the name suggests. They remain fixed in place, and this makes them a much cheaper and more cost-effective option for a lot of property owners. There are a lot of things to consider here; of course, not every window in the home should be fixed, as this isn’t practical. But for aesthetic purposes, you might choose to have a couple of windows that are fixed.

 8. Folding

Folding windows are an excellent design for those property owners for whom space is a premium. The great thing about these windows is that they fold like a book and this allows them to free up the entirety of the window’s opening.

 9. Sliding

Sliding windows do exactly what they say on the tin, and this is one of the reasons why people like them so much. Sure, they might feel a little old-fashioned, but they can serve a practical purpose, especially as interior windows.

 10. Guillotine

Guillotine windows move along separate rails in the opposite direction of their separation, and this gives homeowners two different types of window. They don’t require space to be opened, but they do only open 50%, and this can be a drawback for a lot of people.

Make sure you understand what it takes to enjoy the best possible windows in your home, and this means you should focus on what it takes to make the right choice. Understanding the best possible window type for your home is important, and this means looking at the different types of window openings that are available.


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Window Openers For Large Roof Vents

 

Window Openers For Large Roof Vents

Why do I need two openers on one roof vent?

To give an example, while working with one of our roof light customers we selected some Mingardi Micro XL window openers to automate eight large and heavy roof vents in a school in Ilford.

These roof vents each weigh approximately 100 kg and have an opening edge which is 2050mm wide

We chose the Mingardi Micro XL window openers because each one has a 400N force and large 420mm opening distance.

The openers were coupled with the synchronising control box, which ensures both openers work together and at the same speed.

The combined pushing force for both window openers together is 80 kg which exceeds the required 50 kg needed


How do I calculate the force needed to open my roof vent?

For roof windows or roof vents the calculation you would use is:

Force = 0.54 x Window Weight

In the example we are using this would mean the force required would be 54 kg

Please note this calculation is not the same as top hung or bottom hung windows on a vertical wall where you need to take into account the height of the window and the distance you are pushing it as well

Why do I need two window openers on my roof vent?

The other aspect is the width across the opening face of the window.

When a window is wide and heavy you should use two or more window openers, this adds stability and balance pushing force as well as better compression when the window or roof vent is closed.

It is important to have some communication between window openers when you use more than one on the same opening.

This protects the roof vent from damage or twisting while opening, and if one of the window openers stops so will the other one

 

If you have a large or heavy roof vent please get in touch with one of our team to discuss the best options

 

 

Smoke Shaft ‘Lock-Out’ Principle Clarified In Approved Document B: 30/08/19

 

 

Approved Document B: Fire Safety sets out the regulations for providing a safe means of warning escape in the event of a fire.

Smoke Vent Roof HatchThere have been some areas that can be interpreted in different ways which has affected the smoke ventilation industry specifically,

One area that has been clarified in the 2019 amendments is how the smoke vents are triggered when smoke is detected in the common corridor and lobby

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Smoke Shaft ‘Lock-Out’ Principle Clarified In Approved Document B: 30/08/19

 

Approved Document B: Fire Safety sets out the regulations for providing a safe means of warning escape in the event of a fire.

There have been some areas that can be interpreted in different ways which has affected the smoke ventilation industry specifically,

One area that has been clarified in the 2019 amendments is how the smoke vents are triggered when smoke is detected in the common corridor and lobby

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Choosing a Window Opener – The Basics

Questions About Window Openers

Questions about your window.

Getting to the bottom of the correct window opening solution starts with the basics about your window. Our short guide is here to help you understand what we are asking for when you are on the phone with us.

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Product Focus – Manual ‘Teleflex’ Window Openers

Manual Winding ear Window Opener
Manual Winding Gear in various configurations

Manual Window Openers

Manual window openers are a method of opening hard to reach windows from a remote handle located within reach. There are several brands of manual openers, but the most commonly used name is Teleflex.

What are manual ‘Teleflex’ Window Openers?

A manual winding gear system consists of a chain opener you fit to the window or windows you want to operate, a low-level winding handle such as the midi or maxi operating handles located within reach. (more…)

Ultraflex Control Systems Launch New Products and they are available from Rocburn today

UCS, one of the worlds leading manufacturers of ventilation products has launched a new range of window openers, electric actuators and control panels and they are all available to order today directly from Rocburn.

 

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Rocburn Limited Wins Industry Award

We are proud to announce that we were nominated in the Build Construction & Engineering Awards 2016 and we won in the category ‘Best Window Opening Specialist’

Ben Green, Director of Rocburn said today, ‘It’s a great honour for the team here to win this award. Every day they work hard to give great service and expert advice to our clients ensuring they get the right solutions for their projects. We deal with everyone from individuals looking for simple solutions for their home or office all the way up to large contract developers who provide natural and smoke ventilation for various refit and new build projects all of which have unique challenges.’

Best Window Opener Specialist 2016

“Best Window Opener Specialist 2016”