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The Truth About Secondary Glazing And Condensation

The Truth About Secondary Glazing And Condensation

by Damian Hounslow

What is secondary glazing and condensation, you may want to know. Secondary glazing is a sheet of plastic or glass that is added to a window and frame, in the hopes of improving thermal and sound insulation. It is cheaper than replacing the windows and does help cut the expense of keeping the place warm or cooler. And it can reduce the condensation if done will.

It does not get rid of all the condensation and might cause the moisture to go into the wood window frame. This can cause the wood to rot from the inside out. It happens more in winter when the warm air from inside is lower than the external air. The most common is caused from steam created in the home.

Condensation can cause wood rot if it does not dry in a timely matter. The moisture causes the wood to swell while causing a musty smell which means mold. The moisture may run down the walls causing damage to the wood. It is best to eliminate all moisture before it can cause any damage.

When the condensation is not taken care of on windows, it can cause some serious damage. In older homes they had tracks at the bottom of windows with little holes that let the water run out to the exterior. Companies use the secondary glazing to reduce some of the condensation. This may result in the wood rot.

Some things to look for if you think you may have a problem with condensation in your home. The window staying fogged up all day, having a musky smell, the condensation is running down the walls, you notice mildew and some discoloration on the walls. Sometimes the problems are not visible but the smell is evident.

There are some things that a person can do to help the condensation to cause problems in your home. Ventilation in the bathroom to outside, not inside, drying cloths out side on lines instead in cloths dryer, hanging wet cloths out of living area as a porch. Increasing the changing air in the premises help and changing fuel to electric, as gas has moisture.

Secondary glazing and condensation does not always work and can damage wood window frames. Keep ahead of the condensation will prevent big problems. Secondary glazing is very unlikely to eliminate all condensation, only reduce it. Preventive strategies works the best.

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