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All About Window Sashes and Trims

The parts that comprise a window will differ from one type to another. Certainly, a double-hung window will look and operate differently from a picture window. However, despite the contrasting points, they do share a few similar parts. Sashes and trims are the two that most often gets noticed a lot and therefore dictate how a window will ultimately look.

So how exactly do you choose windows based on their sashes and trims alone? Our window design professionals at Renewal by Andersen® of Milwaukee offer a few tips on making this important design decision.

The Difference Between the Sash and the Trim

To illustrate how a sash is different from a trim, consider the case of double-hung replacement windows. These windows are fairly simple to operate, often having one or two sashes that slide along a vertical track to allow the window to close or open. The exterior frames— that is, the ones that you see from the outside— are the window’s trim. Aside from the trim, however, there is another slightly smaller frame that houses the glazing. This is known as the sash and it’s often the part that moves along with the glass when you open or shut your windows.

Coloring Sashes and Trims

One of the most basic rules in coloring sashes and trims is the contrast rule. This means you always want to color the trims or the exterior frames a shade darker than the sashes. This is fairly straightforward and can work with many home styles. You want to choose hues that are consistent, however, with your home’s current colors to make the end product as seamless as possible.

From casement to picture windows, our experts at Renewal by Andersen of Milwaukee can help you find a replacement window that’s 100% right for your needs. Give us a call at (262) 522-3034 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation and request a free quote today. We serve homeowners in Waukesha, WI.

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