How To Fix Condensation in Double Pane Windows

How to Fix Condensation in Double-Pane Windows in Your Virginia Home

Condensation or fogging is a common problem that may interfere with the performance of your double-pane windows and most experts will opine that this is an issue with no practical solution. How do you remove condensation for your home windows? There are basically two ways by which you can deal with fogging and try to restore your glass panes back to their original level of performance. Firstly, you can get your glass unit replaced and secondly, you can seek professional assistance and get your windows cleaned from the inside. This is mainly conducted by drilling holes in the outer pane, cleaning the panes from inside, and installing one-way air vents to eliminate future condensation possibilities.

Sliding glass doors or windows that are equipped with tempered glass need to be replaced if they encounter potential condensation issues as it is impossible to drill tempered glass. As a matter of fact, all doors featuring double-pane glass sections that are large enough to allow a 3-inch sphere to pass through them normally come with tempered glass or with laminated safety glass.

Replacement Of Double-Pane Windows

Double-pane windows are noted for their insulating properties and thermal performance. Double-pane windows feature two glass panels that are fixed together over a spacer and a sealant. The space between the panes is filled up with air or gases such as argon or krypton. This forms the insulating layer of double-pane windows. In addition, the spacer may also include a desiccant material that can absorb moisture within the sealed space. So whenever you detect fogging in your thermal window, you may assume that it has resulted either from seal failure or the saturation of the desiccant.

A ruptured seal promotes the entry of fresh air and water vapor into the space between the panes and the resulting condensation indicates that the windows have lost their thermal performance. An insulated window cannot be re-sealed and you need to replace the glass to restore the insulating properties of your windows. Fortunately, you do not need to replace the entire window or its frames, which saves you from additional remodeling-related expenses. You may get your windows replaced for free if they are still under warranty. If your warranty has expired, you may still want to seek advice from the manufacturer regarding the various replacement options that you can consider.

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Restoration Of Thermal Windows

Condensation issues are typically addressed by replacing the moist air between the glass panels with dry air. Technicians appointed by your insulated window restoration company will visit your home and drill two small holes, one at the top and the other at the bottom corner of the window. They will then spray a number of liquid solutions through the top hole into the inner surfaces of the glass panels and then draw them out through the bottom hole. When the inner surfaces become dry, the technicians will now seal the openings with vent plugs that will promote the exit of air and water vapor through them from time to time.

You may ask whether it is really a practical solution. The answer is “Yes” in some cases and “No” in others. Normally, you may get a thermal window restoration service at 1/3 to ½ the cost of window replacement and so you may consider this option if you are on a tight budget. Ideally, you should opt for a service that offers a money-back guarantee.

Choosing Between Restoration and Replacement

There are chances that restoration will not work for you and even if it works, it will be a short-term benefit. If you are looking to benefit from a long-term investment and increase your home’s resale value, you may want to opt for replacement. And obviously, if insulation is your priority, window replacement is the best option for you.

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