Replacing Double Glazed Windows

There are many choices to pick from, whether you want uPVC cases or sash made of aluminium. They can be adapted to your personal preferences and energy efficiency requirements. Modern double glazing provides many benefits, including noise reduction, UV-ray protection, and security for your home with multipoint locking mechanisms.

What can you do if your double-glazed is showing signs of wear?

1. Excessive Condensation

In the winter, when windows and doors are closed, condensation may form inside the glass panes if the air temperature is warmer than the window’s surface. This is a natural occurrence that can be prevented by opening windows, improving ventilation more generally, running a dehumidifier and keeping moisture levels low with extractor fans. However, if condensation forms regularly on the interior of your windows this is a sign that the double glazing has failed and it needs replacing as soon as possible.

Condensation on the outside of your windows is normal and is a sign that your double glazing system is functioning just as it is supposed to. Condensation on the outside of your windows in the morning is due to the glass’s temperature dropping below the dew point of the air surrounding it, causing water vapour to be drawn up from the air into the cold glass, where it cools. This can be exacerbated by plants that create excess moisture in your house and also by high levels of humidity.

If you notice condensation appearing in your double glazing, it could be an even more serious issue. It’s an indication that the seal between the glass panes has broken. This allows warm air from your home to enter while the gas that is used to insulate escapes. This can cause significant damage to the double glazing and should it not be addressed, will significantly impact on your energy bills.

Installing replacement double glazing windows double-glazed windows immediately you notice this type of condensation will drastically reduce the possibility that the issue will get worse, thereby saving you money in the long run. Replacing your double glazing can also be a great way to upgrade to A-rated energy efficient windows which will make your home more comfortable and reducing your utility bills even further.

2. Signs of wear and tear

Double glazing provides a number of benefits such as noise insulation and a reduction in energy bills. Like all products double-glazed windows have a life span. It is crucial to recognize the signs when they are nearing the end of their usefulness.

One of the most obvious signs is the visible condensation that is visible. It is caused by the difference in temperature between the two glass panes and if you observe this, it’s an indication that the seal on the window has failed, and it’s time to have the windows replaced.

If the window seal fails, then cold air will be able to enter your home. This not only wastes energy but can also cause damp and mould and both are costly to fix. Both damp and mould can be dangerous to your health, because they can trigger allergens and irritations that can affect the health of your family.

Draughts in your windows are another indication that the sealants are beginning to wear. This can allow outside noise to enter your home and be a huge distracting factor, especially when you live near a busy road or noisy neighbours. This could affect your ability to work from home, or how relaxing your home is.

In the end, if windows no longer open and close smoothly it is also an indication that they require to be replaced. It could be a security issue if your windows do not open in a crisis situation, such as an incident involving fire in your home. This is a problem you shouldn’t ignore. A professional window installer will be able assess the condition of the windows you have and offer suggestions on the best course.

3. Draughts

If you’ve noticed drafts coming through your windows, it is typically a sign that the seals in your double glazing have burst. Sealants are used to keep the glass panes together and aid in insulating, however this is often damaged by weather changes or simply ageing. This causes cold air to enter your home and warm air to escape, leading to drafts and a decrease in energy efficiency.

Another reason why draughts might be happening is because the window’s frame is distorted and not sealing properly. The moisture can also get caught inside the window frame, causing the draughts to increase over time. This is a serious issue and it is essential to get your double glazing replaced as soon as is possible to avoid any further problems.

A double-glazed window that is misty indicates that the sealed unit has leaking or the gas escapes between the panes. This is a serious problem and needs to be repaired immediately to stop water from entering your property, repaired stopping heat from escaping and reducing the efficiency of your insulation. If your windows are covered by warranty, you can request the company to replace them.

Chips and cracks in your double glazing aren’t always a sign they need replacing, but they can have a negative effect on the overall performance. They also decrease the amount of light that flows through, which can cause drafts. If your windows have deep cracks or chips, they might not be strong enough to support the weight of replacement units that will require new frames for windows.

4. Increased Utility Bills

Energy costs are a significant cost for a household and it’s crucial to keep them as low as you can. The high cost of energy doesn’t just consume a significant portion of your budget, they also put unnecessary stress on the environment, something we all wish to try and do less of. One of the main causes of skyrocketing energy bills is leaking windows, which let heat escape your home, but can also cause draughts that require you to make use of more energy to heat your home. Replacing double glazing with energy efficient windows will help to reduce energy costs and help you save money year after year.

If you notice condensation appearing between the panes of your double glazing it is a clear sign that they need replacing. It’s a sign that the seal has failed and air is leaking in and out of your home, and that the insulation isn’t working as it should.

Another sign that your double glazing needs replacement is if they’re misting up. This is a sign that the seal has been damaged and that water is trapped between the glass panes. A replacement of your double-glazed windows will stop moisture from getting into your home, prevent heat from escaping and repaired help to keep your house warm.

You can reduce energy usage and enhance the appearance of your home and save heat by replacing your double-glazed windows with energy-efficient windows. This will also boost the value of your home which will make it more appealing to buyers in the event that you decide to sell. You can expect to save PS115 in heating costs each year by using double glazing that is classified as B. This will quickly pay for your windows.

5. Faulty Windows

If you have a double glazed window seal replacement that has become foggy, misty or hazy, this is an early sign that the seal has failed. It’s also a sign that the glass has lost its insulation value and could lead to draughts and condensation. In addition, the gap around the edges of your windows can allow water to enter and damage your wall or plaster. This can also be a serious fire risk.

If the glass in your double glazing is becoming misty, it’s important to get this repaired as soon as you can as it’s an issue of safety. It could also result in more in energy costs due to the loss in insulation.

Misted windows are caused by moisture in the air between the two panes of your IGU (insulated glass unit). Gas inside the glass, mostly argon, or krypton, helps with insulation. If the seal fails, this gas leaks which causes the window to fog.

Failure of the seal in the early stages is a clear sign of a defective product, therefore, make sure you check your warranty for coverage. Some manufacturers offer a prorated warranty, based on the age of your window. This could be something you should consider.

Other indicators that your uPVC window needs to be replaced include: