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Glossary of Sunroom Construction Terminology

Glossary of Sunroom Construction Terminology Argon:
Gas that is used to fill the space between two panes of glass to increase insulation.

Atrium:
Glass cover for a courtyard.

Bay:
The distance from one edge of post to the edge of the next.

Base well:
Also known as a pony wall or knee wall. A short wall that is below the glass.

Cap:
Finish aluminum trim to cover screws or unfinished material differences.

Condensation:
The moisture that deposits on the glass due to temperature changes.

Conduction:
The direction of heat as it flows from one solid material to another throught direct contact.

Conservatory:
A classically designed sunroom.

Convection:
The direction of heat as is flows through gas or liquid.

Double Pane:
Two panes of glass separated by a spacer and sealed making it a sealed unit with air or gas between them.

Eave:
Where the front wall meets the roof.

Flashing:
Metal material that is used to waterproof between layers of construction.

Footing:
Base of a foundation wall, usually concrete.

Foundation:
A wall that something is built on or supported by.

Front Wall:
The full front length of the sunroom between the two gable walls.

Gable End:
The sidewall or end of a sunroom.

Glazing:
A system of glass, gaskets, sealants, framing and any other component used in installation of glass.

Glazing Track:
The base of an extrusion that holds the glass in place.

Gutter:
A track that collects rain or condensation of water and diverts it to the drain.

Heat Transfer:
How heat flows from hot to cold. There are three methods of this, convection, conduction or radiation.

Length:
The dimension that is the same as the front wall.

Low E Glass:
Polaritic coating applied to the surface of glass that reflects long wave energy.

Muntin:
Horizontal member used to support the bottom and top edge of sunroom.

Rafter:
Support member that extends between the ridge and front wall.

Shading Coefficiency:
Measure of how glass transmits solar heat. SILL: Horizontal member that is installed first on the floor or pony wall.

Single Glaze:
One layer of glass.

Solar Control:
The ability of glass to resist heat flow from the sunís direct radiation, the short wave energy that lies near visible light in the spectrum.

Solar Cool Bronze Glass:
A type of glass that has a heat reflective coating. This type of glass reduces the amount of heat entering your sunroom.

U-Value:
Describes the rate of non solar heat gain or loss through glass.

Weepage System:
A series of holes and channels in the aluminum framing system that allows accumulated moisture to escape outside.

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