There are a variety of reasons why people may choose to install double glazing in their home. For some it could because they want to ensure that they trap heat in their home as best as possible, not only this, but they also install it because it blocks out noise from the outside world.
No matter the reason that you have decided to install double glazing in your home, just like anything else, there is a chance that it could fail. So, what are the signs that your double glazing might be on the way out and what do you need to look out for?
What is double glazing?
Before we look at the signs that your double glazing is on its way out, it makes sense to understand more about what it actually is.
The most basic way to look at double glazing I that it is two glass panels that run parallel to one another in the frame of a window. These panes of glass are separated by either gas or a vacuum. This design means that not only are double glazed windows great for controlling the flow of heat in and out, as well as the amount of noise that comes in from the outside world.
What are the signs that it might be on its way out?
One of the most obvious signs that your double glazing might need to be repaired or looked at is that a leak has developed. In the most part, a leak is often because the weather seal isn’t working properly. Which means that you are going to need to have the seals replaced, often something that you would need to contact your supplier in order to confirm. Another reason for a leak could be that the drainage area of the window is blocked, which is an issue that you can rectify yourself.
Another key sign that there is a problem is condensation. Particularly when it is between the panes of glass, effectively inside the window. This is another sign that the seal within the window could be broken and need replacing, however, it is important to remember is that this isn’t always the case and the condensation could be down to the temperature and conditions on that particular day.
Finally and perhaps the most obvious are the visible signs that there is an issue with the double glazing. If you see any gaps around the edge of the frame, then this means that you are going to need to take a closer look and perhaps arrange for a replacement or repair of that particular window.
Not only can the signs of double glazing affect your windows and the way that they look, but also, in the long run it can cause problems with your walls both on the exterior and the interior of your home, and we all know that moisture in your walls is only going to lead to one thing. Damp, and that is something that none of us want to have to deal with.