Are you looking for new windows for your home this spring? If you are looking to update your home, whether to give it a more modern look, to save on energy costs, or as a way to make it more attractive to potential buyers, investing in replacement windows is a wise decision. Making the right choice will add to your home’s value and make it more attractive, no matter what your plans for the property are. Before you start looking, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with replacement window terms so that you understand the different parts of the product you will be buying.

Why You Should Understand Basic Replacement Window Terms

Since windows are an investment in your home, you’ll want to be sure that you understand exactly what you are buying. This is not a small purchase, and the more educated you are about the product, the better choices you will be able to make.

The buying process will be easier and less stressful for you if you feel comfortable discussing the basic parts of the window. If you have questions about the manufacturing process or a particular design, getting the information you need will be very simple.

Replacement Window Terms: the Anatomy of a Window

  • Head: The main horizontal piece forming the top of the window frame.
  • Jamb: The main vertical member which forms the side of the window frame.
  • Fame: Refers to the enclosure in which the door panels or window sash are mounted.
  • Sash: A single assembly made up of stiles and rails into a frame for holding glass.
  • Sill: The main horizontal piece forming the bottom of the frame of the window.
  • Nailing Flange: A vinyl strip that extends over the edge of the exterior window sash; used to secure the window to an opening.
  • Simulated Divided Lites (SDL): Small bars which are placed on the exterior and interior of the glass; divide a window into smaller, decorative sections.
  • Pane: Sheet of glass in a window or a door.
  • Glazing: Either the act or process of fitting the window or door with glass.

We hope these replacement window terms will help you when you shop for new windows. To see our selection of quality products and start shopping for new windows for your home, visit our showroom anytime.