While glass might be the most basic and elemental component of a vinyl window or aluminum window, there is a lot more to a window than meets the eye. If you were ever a skeptic regarding this point, you’ve probably changed your ways if you’ve followed along through the glossary of our window manufacturing terms. The term that we are now going to look at is glazing, and my what a term it is. If you know what glass is, and if you know what a window is, then you have a pretty good start on understanding what glazing is. To put it in the most simple terms possible, glazing is the glass portion of a window. It is simply a fancy way of describing the panes of glass that make up any given aluminum window or vinyl window. The term comes from the Middle English term for glass. Rewind several hundred years, don a thick English accent, and it isn’t too hard to imagine. Don’t take our word for it though, try it out for yourself, just be sure to lay that accent on thick.
Glazing and glass are two peas in a pod… really, they are the same pea in the same pod, if you want to get technical. Speaking of getting technical, it is always a good idea to know your technical specifications when looking into purchasing replacement windows or doors. Glass, or glazing, can come in a variety of qualities and can range dramatically in durability and clarity depending on price and the window manufacturer and glass manufacturer’s standards. While we’re on the topic of glazing, were going to tag on one more term. The term is glazing bead, and the meaning is simple; it is a molding or stop that is run around the inside of a window frame to hold the glass in its proper place.