Whilst double glazing brings a number of benefits, like increased home energy efficiency and warmth, there are some common problems to watch out for. In this article, we take a look at some of the common problems you may experience with double glazing and how to fix them.
Condensation issues on the window
Unfortunately, double glazing windows do not mean that condensation can never occur. In fact, for some homes, it can be pretty prominent.
As double glazing windows are designed to seal and protect your home from the outside elements from seeping through, it can also cause any moisture in your home to be trapped. The warmer air in your home can condensate on your windows more frequently on colder days.
Now, condensation on your windows doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s an issue with your uPVC windows themselves – it simply means that there is inadequate ventilation. Forgetting to open the window after a shower is one of the most obvious, yet it is an accidental way people contribute to the condensation forming on their windows. However, general moisture in the air can still cause a condensation problem.
Being the most common feature of modern windows, through-frame trickle vents are designed to allow a constant flow of fresh air. When opened, the air-flow will help reduce condensation forming on your windows.
Mould on window frames
Just like condensation, mould forms when there isn’t enough ventilation in environments where there is a lot of moisture in the air. Like mentioned above in the previous point, trickle vents on a window are a great way to allow the damp air to escape.
Mist on the windows
One problem people overlook is when their windows become misty.
When double glazing windows are in good condition they will have multiple barriers to prevent warm air inside your home escaping and the cold air coming in. Typically, the glass panes will have argon gas in between the glass to insulate the window. If the mist is forming over your glass, it is an indication that moisture has seeped into the insulating barrier.
If moisture has gotten into your glass unit, it is wise to get a window replacement.
Discolouration on your window frames can occur due to the pollution in the air and being in direct sunlight. Cleaning with any harsh chemicals or rough cleaning materials can cause the material’s surface to deteriorate faster.
If you notice any damage on your frame, discolouration is the follow on effects of the damage, we strongly recommend you look into a replacement window. The reason being is the frames are the part of the structure that keeps the window together – therefore, any issues with the frames can cause later issues with the window’s energy efficiency.
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