4 Common Window Glazing Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

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It’s never a good time for your double glazed to be exhibiting problems. If left unattended, these issues can compromise the ability of your windows or doors to retain heat in or compromise their security. 

While even the highest-quality double glazing isn’t fault-proof, there are steps you can take to address any concerns before they turn into major difficulties.

1. Double glazed windows not installed properly

The most troubling mistake is not using a professional window installation service to ensure your double glazed windows are correctly installed. 

Double glazing is made with two layers of glass to create a so-called thermal break to reduce both the percentage of heat from coming in and escaping out. Performance glass such as low emissivity glass (Low-E), coupled with argon gas and warm spacers, improves the thermal performance of a window even further.

A fault could occur if the window is cracked during installation or if it has been improperly manufactured. Always ensure your installer is qualified and that you know what type of glass you’re paying for. Windows Republic has all the information you need to trust that we’ll get the job done right. 

2. Condensation

Condensation, if left untreated, can harm not just the appearance of your double glazed windows but also the ability of your windows to prevent heat loss or temperature retention.

Condensation can happen from a variety of causes. The lack of ventilation in a room or home is the first thing that comes to mind. Condensation is not only a problem with older double glazed windows; it can also be a problem with newly installed windows in areas where there is a lack of ventilation. Because moisture is trapped within, condensation develops.

It is critical for a house to ‘breathe’ in order to avoid the risk of condensation. You’ll want to get as much fresh air in as you can. Installing ventilation, such as air bricks, extractors, or even vents in window or door frames, is possible. 

If the condensation occurs between the glass panes, it means the seals are broken or not working correctly, which shouldn’t happen with new double glazing but still can occur. 

3. Broken seals on double glazed windows

As previously stated, condensation between the panes of glass in double glazing is a clear sign that the window or door seals have cracked or are not functioning properly. 

Seals can fail for various reasons, including weather conditions that cause warping, rot, or expansion. Condensation build-up can also lead to seal failure, as mould can grow and harm the seals over time. 

What should you do if your double glazing seals fail? Nothing in some circumstances. It may seem unusual, but broken seals only need to be repaired if they are causing condensation issues or allowing leaks or draughts to occur.

Broken window seals do not necessitate the replacement of the complete window or door; instead, you can also replace the window seals separately, saving you money. 

If You cannot replace the windows, you can replace the glass pane instead of the entire frame in some cases. Instead of only replacing the window seals, this method also restores the gas between the panes. 

In the worst-case situation, the problem will necessitate the replacement of the door or window. However, you should contact a double glazing company as soon as possible for advice on the best course of action.

4. Failing to consider all glazing options 

If energy efficiency is essential to you, don’t ignore the appropriate glazing alternatives for your home. You can pick tinted, reflecting, heat-absorbing, or low-emissivity (Low-E) glass to boost your home’s energy efficiency. Things like the climate where you live will also come into play. Any home or building located in very hot or cold weather will most likely need double or triple glazing; single just won’t be enough to retain the best temperature inside. 

Ensure you do your research and try not to settle for whatever is cheapest. Double glazed and triple glazed windows are worthwhile investments. 

Find the best double glazed windows Melbourne has on offer

It’s never a good moment for difficulties with your double glazing, and if left unchecked, these issues might jeopardise your windows’ or doors’ ability to retain heat or endanger their security. Windows Republic can help you install your windows properly with peace of mind that you’ll be getting the best bang for your buck. Contact us today for more information.

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