Place the tip of the measuring tape to the exposed glass to the right. Extend measuring tape to the left and stop past the exposed glass. Round the measurement up to the nearest inch of the exposed glass. In this image the measument you would give us is 16"
Take a picture approximately one foot from the inside corner of the frame and send along with the measurements of the window. In this image the measument you would give us is 12"
Take a picture approximately one foot from the inside corner of the frame and send along with the measurements of the window, also a full picture of the window and frame if you have grills in the glass. (ie bars)
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Window condensation is a simple phenomenon that occurs under the right conditions of humidity and temperature.
When an object is cooler than the air around it, the water molecules in the air come together and “stick” to the surface, forming a thin layer of water droplets. It happens on your glass of cold lemonade during hot weather and on the windows of your car and even the windows of your home during colder weather.
For anyone who purchases a new set of windows, the appearance of outside condensation can be surprising. However, external condensation is a good thing.
Outside condensation results from unusual conditions when the air outside is slightly humid and warmer than the temperature of your window glass. This can occur when the weather is neither warm nor cold.
Outside condensation means your windows are not allowing any heat transfer. So if you have some fog on the outside of your windows, you can relax. Your windows are just doing a good job of insulating your home.
If the windows are at street level, you can wipe away the condensation from the outside. However, the best option is to simply wait, as the condensation will usually disappear when the sun points directly at your windows.
Keep in mind that it’s still a good idea to check your sills and frames. If you have gaps between the window and frame, you may find patches of condensation collecting inside your home, which could indicate moisture inside your walls. It’s important to check for drafts around your windows to protect your walls from water damage.
If condensation forms on the inside of your windows pay close attention. While interior condensation is usually the result of steam from your shower or stove pots, it can indicate above-average humidity levels in your home. You may have a ventilation problem.
Excess moisture and collecting water around the house can be very damaging to your home and to your family’s health.
If your home is not being properly ventilated, moisture from your body, your water system, and even cooking can collect in the air over time. If the water vapor has nowhere else to go, it condenses on windows, as well as on furniture, in carpets, and inside walls.
This creates two huge problems.
First, the moisture makes a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Mold and mildew typically appear on the walls around or below your windows and look like tiny black spots or a gray cloud due to the humidity levels in your home and interior window condensation. Your drywall isn’t the only place the mold or mildew can congregate. Homeowners can find mold on any items made of wood, carpet, insulation, paper, or food because of window condensation and humidity inside of your home. Mold is damaging to your home and has an impact on your health.
Exposure to mold can cause various health issues depending on the person and their mold sensitivity. Many people are unaware they have mold and mildew allergies until they experience an allergic reaction. Because the symptoms are almost identical to asthma and hay fever, most who suffer are misdiagnosed. Other signs of mold exposure include coughing, nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, throat irritation, and possible skin irritation. It is likely at least one of your family members is allergic, which means year-round reactions until the allergen is gone.
Second, since the moisture can’t escape, it can cause deterioration of the home. Wood that absorbs water tends to soften, develop mold or even rot. When water dries on a metal surface, rust is likely to form. The effects of condensation can gradually compromise the structural integrity of your home and open gaps in the process, which could ultimately weaken the insulation of your interior quarters. Over time, this can cause thousands of dollars in damage.
The most beneficial action you can take to reducing the amount of mold or mildew in your home is to prevent window condensation in your home and control humidity levels. You’ll support you and your family’s health by learning ways to combat window condensation while also keeping your home safe and energy-efficient.
Your worst-case scenario is condensation between the panes of your window.
In cases like these, the situation might seem hopeless. After all, how can you get between the two panes of glass? Sometimes the problem can be remedied. Often, however, the fog will indicate a more serious problem that can only be solved with a new set of windows.
Most windows are double or triple-paned. What does that mean? When you look at the glass of a window, you are actually looking at two or three pieces of glass layered and held together by a single frame. These pieces of glass are called panes.
Double-and triple-paned windows are made to insulate your home. The frame of the window holds the panes in place and leaves space between each one. This space is filled with an insulating gas like argon and then is sealed air-tight.
Double-paned windows have grown in popularity because of their superior insulating qualities. Homespire Windows go even further with a 12-layer system of protection to keep your home efficient and secure.
The appearance of condensation between a double-pane of glass indicates that the windows are not doing their job properly. The air-tight seal holding the insulating gas inside has failed, letting all the insulating gas out. When this occurs, water vapor could get between the two panes if the temperature of the glass drops below the dew point of the surrounding air.
You are now collecting moisture, which can lead to further damage to the window, and wasting drastic amounts of energy to heat and cool your home. Without the insulating gas, your windows are letting heat in during the summer and out during the winter.
If you have condensation between your panes, you definitely need new windows.Replace your windows with quality, energy-efficient windows.
High humidity isn’t the only reason for interior condensation. If the problem is only occurring on select windows, it’s possible you have a draft problem. If there is moist air coming into the house around a particular window, that moisture will collect on that window pane first. If this is your case, you’ll need to check for air leaks around the window and call a professional to reseal or replace it, depending on the severity of the gap.
Moisture on the inside of windows could be a more serious problem if the condensation stems from an unknown cause. If you are careful about steam and use fans, doors and barriers while showering and cooking, yet the glass interiors still get fogged, there could be undetected sources of moisture within your living quarters.
Fire logs, for example, are often moisture-ridden, especially if you store them outside or in your garage before stacking them next to the fireplace. Houseplants can also be a source of condensation, as the water they release into the air is sometimes dispersed to cold surfaces during fall and winter months.
Condensation inside your windows is bad. But unfortunately, it can be worse.