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Ask Kirk: Why does double glazing become cloudy?

Understanding why double glazing becomes cloudy is all part of our engineers’ job and discovering new reasons for the effects is part and parcel of everyday life for the Cloudy2Clear team.

We asked our operations manager, Kirk, for his expert opinion on why double glazing becomes cloudy or misted up in the first place – and what you can do to prevent it or repair it if the problem continues.

why does double glazing become cloudy

 

Poor-quality fitting initially

Installation is probably one of the most important parts of preventing failed double glazing, as poor-quality fitting can lead to blown windows after less than a year after installation. Choosing a highly recommended window fitting company, with a solid reputation and experience gives you the opportunity to keep your windows intact for longer.

If you do discover failed double glazed units, which are more common after 10 – 15 years from the initial installation, Cloudy2Clear can replace just the pane of glass that has become misty, rather than the entire unit. Our glazing products also have a 25 year guarantee, ensuring that they’ll see you through for much longer.

 

why does double glazing become cloudy

 

Using inappropriate products

Often, failed double glazing can be prevented and human error can be the cause of the ineffectiveness of your windows. Using harsh, chemical products to clean your windows is unnecessary. Warm water and white vinegar is the perfect combination and leaves them sparkling for longer.

You can check out our window maintenance article for more top tips on preserving your double glazing, from preventing mould to keeping your hinges and handles running smoothly.

 

Seals become ineffective

Broken or faulty seals are a common cause of moisture collecting between double glazed panels. When this happens, condensation can appear, causing the window to either become misty, cloudy, or ‘blown’.

Windows can actually be affected by the weather, whether hot or cold, causing them to expand and contract. Although this won’t be visible to many homeowners, it illustrates why seals can break so easily, especially if they haven’t been installed properly or by using quality materials.

 

why does double glazing become cloudy

 

If you notice a break in your seals before you have cloudy double glazing, contact Cloudy2Clear today, as we can repair the seal before the pane becomes blown. This saves you time and money in the long run.

 

Age

Dependent on when you had your windows replaced or fitted will determine how soon your double glazing may fail. If you’re not sure if you have any faulty seals or locks, contact your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today for a free, no obligation quotation.

 

Easy ways to update your home

We all enjoy improving and updating our homes, but no one likes breaking the bank to do it. Whether you’re looking to upgrade certain rooms to make it more appealing to buyers, or simply improve the look and feel of your house to make you feel more at home, these inexpensive and easy DIY methods will help you succeed.

 

Wall decoration

There’s no need to fork out for an expensive decorator or brand new wallpaper, when you can easily update the walls in your home with simple peel and stick wall panels and paper. These can add texture and subtle designs to your walls and give the appearance of a interior face lift, with a wide range of colours and designs to suit everyone.

 

easy ways to update your home

 

Wall decals are another great way off adding something a little extra to your walls, especially if you’re not looking to completely redecorate. Add inspirational quotes or small designs, then remove it and replace with something new when you get bored. Perfect for those who like to keep up with new styles and tastes.

 

Appliances

Kitchen appliances, especially white goods, can sometimes be a bit bland. With metallic and stainless-steel paints now available to buy, it’s easy to upgrade your kitchen without the effort and the cost of replacing. Simply paint your appliances, leave them to dry, and enjoy your handy work.

 

Lighting

Lighting can add some serious character to any room and if standard light bulbs aren’t cutting it for you, there are plenty of quirky and unique bulbs on the market.

 

easy ways to update your home

 

You could also experiment with different lampshades, which can completely change how your room is lit, setting the mood in your home. If you’re feeling particularly fancy, consider upgrading your regular light fittings to chandelier style models instead.

 

Fixtures

Buying and installing new taps on your sinks and bathtubs can completely change their appearance, and fitting a new head and pipe on your shower will make it look brand new. Modern fixtures can make your bathroom look attractive, without the cost of installing a new one.

 

easy ways to update your home

 

Details

When it comes to home improvement, it’s the little things that matter. These additional details can add some serious character, set the tone of the room, and provide colour to your everyday life. Use throws and cushions to brighten up your living room and area rugs to liven up faded carpet or floorboards.

 

easy ways to update your home

 

Plants add life and decoration to any room, as do table and floor lamps. Installing shelves and hooks add storage space and can make rooms look less empty, whilst mirrors can give a room the appearance of being larger than it is.

 

Windows

Your windows are the eyes to your home, so it’s important to look after them. Use bright curtains and hanging crystals to frame them and check for any signs of failed double glazing.

 

repair failed double glazing

 

If you have a build-up of condensation within your double glazing, or if they are visibly cloudy or misted over, these are all signs of failed double glazing. This can have a negative impact on the aesthetic of your home, as well as reducing its appeal to potential buyers.

Cloudy2Clear replaces the glass within your double-glazed unit, instead of the entire frame, saving you both time and money. For more information, contact your local branch today.

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