Dual pane windows are beautiful things. They offer improved heat insulation and can help homeowners cut down on energy bills during the winter. They beef up sound insulation and can make life with noisy neighbors bearable. They’re also great for the environment and make houses energy-efficient.
For all those benefits, they are a significant investment. A decent set can run you several hundred dollars. It’s understandable that you’d want them to last. Dual pane windows require some special care. You’ll want to know their ins and outs before you commit to placing them in your home.
The Importance of Seals
The main reason insulated windows are so good at what they do is because of the extra buffer space they provide. The air trapped between multiple layers of glass is a relatively poor conductor of heat and sound, meaning weakened effects from outside.
That buffer’s a positive thing, but it can also make keeping your windows clean a major pain if a seal fails and allows moisture into that air pocket. If this occurs, the first sign will be cloudy windows on damp days. It’s crucial to maintain those seals to keep your windows clean.
Water is public enemy number one for dual pane windows. Seals can fail for a couple of reasons, but they’re most prone to fail when exposed to consistent moisture. If you live in a damp environment, then constant moisture might just be the order of the day.
If you set your windows into wood, there may be a solution. Some experts recommend coating seals with a high-quality, latex paint. Doing so can prevent water from directly affecting the seal, extending the lifespan of your windows.
Water in the Works
If seals do fail, then you’ll be left with a compromised cell (space between panes). A wet cell will fog up quickly, as water condenses and evaporates between the glass, leaving you with blurred, impossible-to-clean windows.
Unfortunately, fogginess is just the tip of the iceberg. If left unchecked, that damp, buffered environment is an incredibly inviting home for mold or mildew. You can quickly wind up with something nasty growing in a hard-to-reach spot.
If the Worst Should Happen
Don’t hesitate if you notice any signs of leaking seals. The sooner you address a damaged dual pane window, the easier it will be to repair. For most homeowners, this means calling in a professional. Some repairmen specialize in removing condensation from cells, then resealing them. And, of course, the company responsible for installing your window will likely be more than happy to repair or replace.
For those of you with some DIY skills, it is possible to do the job yourself, but it’s far from easy. Explore the internet to find the best ways to go about your repair.