All the Basic Window Terminology You Need to Know

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If you consider replacing your windows, it’s essential to know the different types of window terminology. Unfortunately, there are so many terms for each type of window that can make the process confusing and complicated. This blog post will help simplify things by explaining all the basic house window terminology you need to know.

Window Replacement in Charlotte NC: Window Terminology

Window Frame. The window frame is the actual structure of your window system. It holds all of the glass or other material in place.

Head. Head is the term used for the horizontal frame top.

Jambs. The vertical sides of the window frame.

Sill. The horizontal base of the frame.

Window Sash. The window sash is the frame that holds all of your panes or individual glass pieces.

Sash Lock. A sash lock is a mechanism that prevents the window from being slid open.

Rail. The horizontal part of the window sash is known as rail.

Window Stop. The window stop is a piece that extends from either side or both sides of a window frame, and it is what keeps the sashes from moving too far.

Window Pane. A windowpane is one individual piece of glass that makes up the window.

Low E-Glass. Low E-glass is a type of glass that has been treated with an invisible, odorless gas that deflects ultraviolet rays and heat. This glass helps reduce cooling costs and fading of materials inside the house.

Gas Fill. Argon, krypton, or xenon are inserted between two sealed panes of glass. These gases are inert and act as insulation.

Tempered Glass. Tempered glass is a type of safety glass that is very strong, and when broken, it will shatter into a thousand small granular chunks instead of splintering into jagged shards – preventing injury.

Multi-Pane Glass. Multi-pane glass has several panes that are held together with a rubber gasket.

Grille Pane. A decorative grid is inserted between two panes of glass to simulate a multi-pane window.

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You might not have previously realized there were so many different terms related to windows. Becoming familiar with these terms will help you understand what you are selecting and purchasing. If you are looking for window replacement in Charlotte NC, contact Carolina Home Remodeling. We can help you with all types of window-related issues. Call 704-714-5744 today.

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