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Replacement Window Terms Explained

Replacement windows in Laguna Hills, CA and around the country may feel overwhelming. From the different parts to all the industry lingo, it’s hard to know what you need to in order to find the best windows for your home. Use this list of common replacement window terms and their explanations to shed some light on the industry, and get you started to finding great windows for your Laguna Hills home. 

1) Window Frame – The frame holds the window glass in place and is usually made of vinyl, wood metal or a combination of materials.  

2) Window Pane – The window glass. Windowpanes can come in options like double pane, triple paneandenergy efficientcoatings like low-e. 

3) Window Glazing – The number of glass layers a window has. A window glaze can be single pane, double pane or triple pane. The more glaze a window has, the more energy efficient it is. 

3) Window Sash – A window sash holds the windowpane in the window frame.  

4) Low-E – Low-E refers to a glass coating that reflects infrared radiation to keep heat in your home when the weather is cold and out of your home when its hot.  

5) Bay Window – Bay windows are three windows joined together at a 30, 45, 60 or 90 degree angle to extend out past the house’s exterior.  

6) Bow Window – Bow windows are similar to bay, except the windows are joined together at a 180-degree angle.  

7) Head Jamb – The groove at the top of the window that allows the window sash to move in and out of place inside the window frame.  

8) Upper Sash – The top part of the window, generally made up of a pane of glass set in a frame. The upper sash is fixed in a single hung window, but moves in a double hung window.  

9) Side Jamb – Window grooves that help the sashes move up and down or side to side.  

10) Trim – The trim helps the window frame fit flush inside the exterior wall for a tight, weatherproof seal.  

11) Stop – Stops are usually made from wood, and are nailed to the window frame to hold the different window parts in place.  

12) Lower Sash – The bottom window portion. The lower sash usually moves in both double and single hung windows.  

13) Sill – The windowsill is the lowermost part of the window, and it usually sloped to help water flow off the window when it rains or when the window is cleaned.  

14) Block Frame Window – A block frame window is an ideal replacement window when replacing a wood sash of an old double hung model.   

Finding great Laguna Hills, CA replacement windows doesn’t have to be stressful, overwhelming or confusing. Simply use this list of terms to get you started, and count on Cunningham Doors & Windows for superior service. You can stop by our showroom at 1940 E Edinger Ave Santa Ana, CA 92705 to visit us in person, or give us a call at (714) 258-2500 to learn more about what we can do for you.  

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