Are you battling with double glazing condensation and need to know what to do about it? Condensation problems are one of the most common issues faced by Britain’s homeowners – our wet, humid climate is a perfect breeding ground for moisture and water to start creeping onto windows. This may not look like too much of a problem to start with, but left untreated, condensation can lead to black mould, damp patches on walls, peeling wallpaper and an unpleasant musty smell in the home. Condensation can also lead to significant health and breathing problems. For all these reasons, fixing double glazing condensation needs to be a major priority before autumn sets in and the temperature starts to drop.
Why does condensation happen?
Condensation is a process where water vapour turns into liquid once it drops below a certain temperature. So during the autumn and winter, as the temperature plummets at night time the air releases moisture onto windows and walls. This explains why windows can look as if they are streaming in the morning inside the room and why those unappealing black marks start to appear in the corner of windows.
Condensation in double glazing
Double glazing condensation is a common problem as the surface window temperature is colder than the air in the room. It can be caused by too much excess humidity in the home, not enough ventilation or damage to the actual unit. The condensation can appear on the inside faces of the window, the external faces or in the gap between the glazing panes.
It’s the latter that’s often the biggest problem. If the double glazing sealant that secures the glazing has broken, it leaves gaps for moist air to escape into – and once it’s in, there is nowhere for the moisture to go. Once you see the first warning signs of streaming windows, black marks or wallpaper peeling, it’s time to take action.
What can I do about it?
If the double glazing seal has completely failed and you’ve noticed lots of water getting into the glazing, then you may need to look at replacing the entire unit. If this is the case, it’s always worth checking to see if the unit is covered under guarantee. If you do need to invest in replacement double glazed windows then Just Windows and Doors has a wide range of FENSA registered, quality double glazed windows to choose from.
However, if you’ve only got slightly misted up windows or small cracks in the seal, then repairing your double glazing is a much more cost effective solution. At Just Windows and Doors, we can offer a fully bespoke service, repairing elements to extend the life of your double glazing. We’ll also offer advice on how to care for the units to make them last longer, too.
Top tips to prevent double glazing condensation
Once you’ve sorted your condensation problem, you need to be confident that it won’t happen again. Here’s our top tips to preventing double glazing condensation:
- Remember to check the seals around the windows for any cracks; if you find any, they need to be repaired or replaced.
- Try to reduce moisture in your home by keeping lids on pots and pans, drying washing outside where possible and keeping the bathroom door closed when having showers.
- Keep windows open to improve ventilation and allow lots of fresh air into your home
- Try to keep your home at a stable temperature to avoid condensation forming in the first place.
- It may be worth investing in dehumidifiers and/or extractor fans to improve humidity and prevent condensation.
If you have double glazing condensation in your home and need to order replacement windows or find out more about our repair service, get in touch today.