Few home design features can match the interest and personality provided by attractive, high-quality windows. Yet, these same windows have the potential to become an eyesore as they age or when they develop some type of condition issue.
Condensation issues that cause windows to look cloudy or unattractive are an example of a condition issue capable of ruining the appearance of a formerly attractive window in your home. In addition to marring the appearance, condensation can also be a sign that the window is no longer capable of creating an energy-efficient barrier to prevent the loss of heated or cooled air.
If you are beginning to notice the formation of condensation on your home's windows, this information will help you understand what is happening and offer you some possible solutions for addressing the problem.
Determine the exact location of the condensation
When dealing with condensation issues, it is important for homeowners to make sure they determine where the condensation is actually forming. Condensation that forms on the interior surface of the glass is usually not associated with the condition of the window.
Instead, this type of surface condensation is often found when a humidity or air quality issue develops inside the living area of the home, such as plumbing leak or exhaust fan failure. Likewise, condensation that forms on the exterior surface of the window panes is typically caused by weather conditions that cause the formation of dew and usually not related to a window condition issue.
Condensation that forms between the panes of a window the most usually associated with a window condition issue, such as a cracked pane or damaged seal. Because this condensation cannot be easily cleaned away, cloudiness and discoloration can permanently mar the appearance of the window.
Determine whether repairs are feasible
The first step in dealing with this type of condensation issue is to determine if the windows can be repaired by replacing just the thermal glass units. This possibility depends on the manufacturer and age of the window and may be possible under any existing warranty coverage that the homeowner may have.
If it is not possible or feasible to have new thermal glass units installed in the existing frames, homeowners may need to instead consider complete window replacement.
The best way to determine the exact cause of unsightly condensation between the panes of your home's windows and the best way to solve it is to have them inspected by a reputable window repair and replacement service contractor. Look for a window repair professional in your area.