Have you noticed water vapor accumulating on the inside of your windows? If so, you’re not alone; homes all across the world experience this problem. While water on glass alone is nothing to worry about, if you have window frames of a certain type, the excessive moisture can drip down and cause damage, in addition to opening the door for mold formation. Regardless of how long ago you invested in window installation, it’s a smart idea to keep an eye on your window sills, in addition to how much water is forming.
Many homeowners, though, question if the appearance of water alone indicates that their windows are in disrepair. The answer: not necessarily. Though moisture accumulation on the panes can be a nuisance to deal with and an eyesore, it sometimes can be a signal that your windows are functioning just as they should. The only way to know if you’re in need of window replacement is to contact a professional team of window contractors like Tony’s Lifetime Exteriors for a personalized consultation.
Wait, you might be thinking, how can moisture on my windows be a sign of both well-installed windows and poorly-installed, broken ones? Good question! We’re here to explain. Below, we’ll discuss the two major causes of water on your windows—and what you should be doing about them, should your window contractors discover them to be at work in your home.
Cause Number One: Everyday Condensation
Take a moment to think of all the water we use on a day-to-day basis. Most of us shower quite frequently, for one. We wash our clothes with hot water and our dishes too. Maybe we’ve even used a pail full of warm water to mop the floors in a bout of spring cleaning. All of this creates steam. This steam collects on our windows as water in its liquid form, as the cool temperature of our window glass often causes it to do so.
In a way, this is a sign that your windows are functioning exactly as they should. They’re preventing your indoor air, which is laden with water vapor, from circulating to the outside. The downside to this is that it’s a pretty surefire signal that your home suffers from high humidity levels due to poor ventilation. So, while this type of water condensation doesn’t indicate a problem with your windows, it can indicate an underlying:
- Mold issue | Fungi thrive in moist, warm environments. Your home, should it be dealing with high humidity levels and poor ventilation, is just that. Mold is an insidious threat, and it can grow in the tiniest nooks, so if you’re at all concerned, contact a professional mold remediator and have them do an assessment. In addition to structural degradation, it can pose a serious health risk to you and your family.
- Water damage issue | Have your hardwood floors been looking a little swollen as of late? It isn’t just spilled water that threatens them; water in the air does, too. Floor first aid involves portable dehumidifiers and opening up the windows in this room. Of course, you should also address the underlying humidity issue with the help of roofing contractors or the like.
- Ventilation issue | Has your home always felt a little stuffy? Perhaps it is improper ventilation in your attic that is causing this issue. Multitalented roof repair professionals, such as Tony’s Lifetime Exteriors, can help you determine if this is the case.
Cause Number Two: Window Seal Failure
This is the case in which you’d need to opt for window replacement. Windows have an airtight seal that prevents the exchange of your home’s humid air with the outside. If you see condensation between the glass of your multi-pane windows, that’s a sign that their seal has been broken. A broken seal means that your windows are no longer functioning as the stalwart barriers between the outdoors and indoors. You’re going to experience heightened energy bills if your windows were previously insulated with a gas, and your home will most likely struggle to maintain a consistent temperature if this problem is widespread. Old windows, windows that have warped glass, or windows that are exposed to a great deal of sunlight are generally vulnerable to seal failures. Improper installation jobs can also play a role.
Though some companies offer quick fixes for this sort of problem via defogging services, your best bet is full-out window replacement, as you’ll probably just end up patching up metaphorical holes as the problems crop up again and again. Get your window installation done right and be done with the issue for good.
Tony’s Lifetime Exteriors is Your Choice for Window Installation
Our vast team of versatile professionals is ready and waiting to help with any of your window installation needs. For personal and comprehensive service, give our Sauk Rapids office a call now at 320-252-9086.