Windows Glossary

Your Go-to Guide for Windows in Fairfax VA

Simonton3While windows can be easy to use, understanding the intricate system of parts and mechanisms can be a little bit more difficult to comprehend. With a century of experience with window repair and replacement windows in Fairfax and Ashburn, MAC can help you shed light on understanding all of the pieces of your window, which can be of great help if you’re in need of window replacement or window repair in Fairfax VA.

Glossary Terms

Some of the basic parts of your window are the:

  • Frame
  • Grilles
  • Glass
  • Head
  • Sash
  • Jamb
  • Sill

Just like a frame wraps around the edges of a picture, the frame does the same thing for your windows. The frame is actually the combination of the jambs, head and sill. The grilles on windows are the bars that split the window glass into separate and smaller panels. A grille is also known as a windowpane divider, grid or muntin.

The head of the window is the main horizontal section that makes up the very top of the window frame, and the jamb of the window is the main vertical section that makes up the sides of the window frame. The sash is a single piece made up of rails and stiles that are constructed into a frame that holds the glass.

Additional Parts

Other parts of your window that you might not be too familiar with include:

  • Aluminum clads
  • Argons
  • Balances
  • Check rails
  • Casings
  • Weather-stripping
  • Weep holes
  • Weep system

If you’re planning a home improvement project in the future, we can help you familiarize yourself with the different parts of windows so that you can find the perfect ones for your home, your style and your budget.

Contact Us Today

For more information about windows in Fairfax VA or in Ashburn, Leesburg, Columbia or Silver Spring, be sure to get in touch with MAC. We also specialize in roofing, gutter and siding services. When you’re ready, you can either give us a call at (703) 404-9777 or (301) 563-9191 to speak with a knowledgeable representative, or you visit our Contact Us page here on our website.