Double glazing can be the perfect way to help homeowners reduce energy bills due to the high thermal insulation efficiency it provides. It allows heat to be retained without stopping cold air entering from outside to make your living space more energy-efficient. The extra layer of glass cushions and minimises medium to high-frequency noise whilst giving you increased protection and peace of mind. This can make your home quieter and secure for you and your family. However as time goes on, your double glazed windows may become less effective if they suffer damage. Therefore, it is always sufficient to check the quality of your windows every few years. However, there are obvious signs that become apparent when it is time to replace your double glazing.
As double glazed windows get older, a small gap between the panes can form, which can cause condensation to appear between the glass layers. If you notice a build up of moisture in the core layer of your windows, it is most likely that the water-absorbing tube which is situated between the seals is not functioning due to a breakage in one of the seals. When the seal on an insulated glass is damaged, it is likely caused by water retention in the frame or improper drainage around the window. Older windows are most prone to seal breakages, especially if your windows are older than 20 years. A broken seal can cause moisture to form between the thick glass panes which can give your windows a foggy look. As a temporary solution, you can use a dehumidifier near the window, to help get all the moisture out of the glass layer until you can get a replacement. A hairdryer can also be used to evaporate the trapped moisture between the glass panes. In doing this, this can temporarily but quickly help to remove any water droplets stuck in your double glazing. Always remember to use the hair dryer on a low heat setting to avoid melting the seal components.
If you feel that the insulation in your living space has decreased or whether you feel a draught, it is most likely due to your small gaps in the sealant of your double glazed windows. If your windows are particularly old, it may be worth replacing them with new double or even triple glazed windows for better levels of performance. When you have figured out if your draught is coming from between the wall and the frame or the glass and the frame, it is time to call us at Glideline who can help choose an appropriate replacement for your home.
Hopefully upon reading this article, you are now more prepared and informed when these signs become apparent in your home.
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