If your home has double pane windows, you have the benefit of added insulation to help keep your home comfortable. These windows get their name because they consist of two glass panes separated by a layer of insulating gas or air. Unfortunately, the seal that keeps that insulating layer in place is likely to deteriorate over time. If it fails, you'll lose the insulating benefit of your windows. This article will help you understand the signs of a failed double pane window seal and provide you some options for repairing the problem.
Recognizing the Signs of Failed Double Pane Window Seals
When the seal on a double pane window starts to fail, it usually comes with a few distinct warning signs. Start by looking at the glass itself. If you can see any moisture between the panes, including haze, droplets or fog, that's an indication that the seal is no longer holding and moisture has replaced the air or gas that was between the panes.
If you see this, though, make sure you check the glass itself on both sides. Moisture can accumulate on the glass due to humidity and significant temperature differences between indoors and out. Make sure that the inside and outside surfaces of the glass are dry. In addition, a hazy look could be the result of a dirty window. Clean the glass thoroughly to rule that out. If the signs you're seeing persist despite these efforts, it's pretty likely that the problem is between the glass panes.
Addressing Double Pane Windows with Failed Seals
Some glass repair shops will recommend that you simply replace any double pane window that has a failed seal. While many of these windows will likely need to be replaced to fix the problem, there are a few other options available to you.
- Leave It - If you haven't experienced an increase in your climate control costs or any other problems, you may not need to do anything with the window just yet. If you're not in a position to do anything about it financially and it isn't affecting your home negatively, don't worry about it right away.
- Repair the Seal - Some glass repair technicians can reseal the window. They'll draw all of the moisture out of the space between the panes, drying everything out. Once everything is dry, the technician will restore the seal, preserving the air pocket in the space. This is a viable option if the glass is in good shape and the window is still intact.
- Replace Just the Glass - You might be able to have just the panes of glass replaced instead of having to install a whole new window. A glazier can evaluate the condition of the window and help you determine if it is a good candidate for glass replacement instead of more elaborate repairs.
- Replace the Entire Window - In some cases, the window itself is damaged enough that you need to replace the entire assembly. In those situations, you'll have to have a glass specialist install a whole new window. If the frame is damaged, you'll need to install a whole new frame as well. This is important, because it will help prevent deterioration and leaks in the future. Replacing the entire window could save you over time in utility bills.
When it comes to protecting the interior of your home, double pane windows do a great job of keeping the temperature consistent. Unfortunately, when the seal on the window fails, it significantly reduces the insulating ability of the window. With the information here and the help of a window installation technician, you can not only spot problems when they occur but also choose the best manner for dealing with those problems. For more information, contact a company like Jerry Newman Roofing & Remodeling, Inc..