Ever wondered why you gutters fill with ice and create damaging icicles? Here is a very informative article from Liberty Mutual Insurance explaining about ice in your gutters:
WHAT IS CONDENSATION:
Condensation, which appears as a light coating of water, droplets, frost, ice, or a combination of those elements forms on any surface whose temperature is less than the dew point temperature.
There are two forms of condensation with regards to windows:
- Condensation BETWEEN the glass panes (cannot wipe away).
- Condensation ON the glass pane (can wipe away).
CONDENSATION BETWEEN THE GLASS PANES:
Condensation between the glass panes is an indication of I.G. (insulated glass unit failure). This means that condensation has found a way in between the glass pane and has collected as moisture. A seal failure is usually the culprit which causes this issue to occur in window or door glass.
This moisture is not reachable by hand and will appear very prevalent during very cold days. Most all window companies warranty the glass in their windows against this defect. If you are experiencing this issue of condensation that is BETWEEN the glass, be rest assured it is covered in your warranty and your glass will be replaced promptly.
CONDENSATION ON THE GLASS: OVERVIEW
Condensation on the interior window glass, or glass that is inside the home can seem to be an instant indication that the glass and window are malfunctioning. As hard as it is to hear and understand, this is NOT the case. Actually, condensation on the INTERIOR of the window glass is caused by the home itself. This will be explained in much more detail to you give you a complete understanding of this issue.
CONDENSATION ON THE INTERIOR GLASS: FRUSTRATING!
In some instances, but not all, condensation will form on the inside of a home’s windows. This occurrence can be very frustrating to home owners who have spent valuable time and money in choosing a window company and product for their home.
Customers usually assume that the reason as to why this condensation forms is from a faulty window or glass. These feelings are amplified in some instances when a home starts to experience this problem only after replacing their old windows with new ones!
How can this be????!!!
CONDENSATION ON THE INTERIOR GLASS: WHY IT FORMS
Condensation forms due to two things:
Surface Temperature of the Glass
- Relative Humidity of the Air
As most people are aware, glass is a poor insulator. Whenever you pick up a cold pitcher of water, or a cold glass of Ice Tea, you immediately feel the cold fluid through the glass. In some instances, when its warm enough outside, and the glass is cold enough, condensation will form. These basic principals apply to windows as well.
Relative Humidity is the amount of moisture that air can hold. Warm air can hold much more moisture than cold air. This is usually apparent during the summer time when humidity and temperature are high and we get that “sticky” feeling.
The interior of a home is no different than any other environment. During the winter months, we have our heat on which creates an interior “warm” environment. This warm temperature on the inside of the home allows the homes air to hold more moisture.
Moisture in a home comes from numerous sources to include plants, animals, occupants, washers, dryers, dishwashers, ice machines, humidifiers, wood burning stoves, drywall, some paint products, sinks, showers, and bath water. The list goes on. If you think about it, there’s a lot water in a home. Most new homes that are built to day release up to 800lbs of water per year for the first five years….that’s over 2 tons of moisture!
CONDENSATION ON THE INTERIOR GLASS: WHY IT FORMS
In order for condensation to form on the inside of the homes window glass, there has to be enough moisture in the air to
support it. Home’s that never experienced condensation before may find that they now have moisture condensation of their new windows. This is because the home has been “buttoned” or “tightened” up with the new windows which has increased the home’s Relative Humidity.
The old existing windows were more than likely drafty due to poor seals, and thus allowed that moisture laden warm air out of the home and cool dry air into the home. Replacing the windows changed the homes environmental parameters.
Some homes may have all of their windows experience condensation or just some of them. There is no magic equation to determine what rooms are more vulnerable than others. It can be a function of simple air flow or the location of more water based products in a given area. For example, a bathroom and kitchen are much more prone to form condensation first on the windows than any other room. Why?..because there’s more water in the air from cooking and showering!
In summary, condensation on the interior window is caused by the homes humidity level. Believe it or not, your new windows are doing their job! They are keeping the warm moist air in the home and not letting the cool dry air into the home. So, when it gets very cold outside, that warm air will condense on the glass because it has nowhere else to go! You can lower the amount of condensation on the glass by lowering your humidity level by using a dehumidifier or adjusting the amount of moisture in a particular area.
COMMON AREAS CONDENSATION FORMS ON WINDOWS:
The most common area that you will find condensation to form on your new windows is the area of the meeting rail on the top sash and the lift rail on the bottom sash. For reference, the sash is the part of the window that moves on Double-Hung windows. This area of condensation generally forms around 1/8” to 1/2” bead along the window line.
This condensation area is very NORMAL especially during VERY COLD winter periods. The condensation is not damaging to the window. We have found that this area is most prone to condensation because the warm air of the home hits the cool glass and sinks (cold air sinks as a part of the laws of thermodynamics). As the air sinks it is cool but is still much warmer than the glass it is relative to. It then forms condensation at the lower part of the window glass.
FROST: ANOTHER FORM OF CONDENSATION:
One of the most disheartening things that can occur is the formation of frost on a window. Some customers assume that it is ice and they are normally very angry at the sight of it.
Once again, the frost is simply the condensation on the window crystallizing. It is not damaging and is only apparent when temperatures reach values near zero or lower. It is also apparent at times when we experience negative wind chills for extended amounts of time.
NOT ALL WINDOWS HAVE CONDENSATION:
As the title states, not all windows will have condensation on them. Some homeowners will own their windows forever and never see an ounce of water vapor. This is simply because the amount of moisture in that particular home’s air is not enough to meet the humidity requirements for condensation to form.
In summary, your new windows are working fine. Condensation BETWEEN the glass is a warranty item that needs to be fixed promptly. If you are experiencing that issue, please call us for a support service.
Small strips of condensation ON the glass is not an area for concern. It is simply caused by humidity in the home. It is also an indication that your windows are working.
If you should find that the information provided herein is not enough to answer your questions, we encourage you to visit the web and GOOGLE “window condensation”. There are numerous articles which explain this phenomenon. You can also visit other window manufacturer websites such as Andersen window, Pella Window, etc. Energystar.gov and NFRC.org are also great sites which give explanation to this condition.
Here is a great article from the MSN website about 5 questions to ask your window installer.
Efficiency, innovation and creativity are the essential capital necessary in today’s economic environment. Transforming a traditional building products manufacturer into a dynamic industry leader requires all three. Founded in 1949, Best Window & Door Company was a longstanding member of Johnstown’s industrial community.
Originally focused on the fabrication of storm doors and windows, Best Window & Door moved to the vinyl window manufacturing process in the late 1970s. Since then, the firm has built a unique position in the marketplace as a leader in research, product development, integrated manufacturing and customer service.
Owned by Barry L. Ritko, Sr. since 1999, the firm began a transformation process that further accelerated when Barry L. “B.J.” Ritko, Jr. joined the firm as Vice President and General Manager in 2005, and the father-and-son team established a strategy that has dramatically redefined the company’s market leadership.
In the highly competitive and economically challenging building products sector, Best Window & Door stands apart. Every product the company manufactures is exclusive, which means that Best is one of only ten manufacturers in the United States that makes products with the same profile, and is the only one in the Northeast. Every product is custom manufactured — the firm produces all products to order. This keeps stock levels low, flexibility high and means that the factory offers outstanding turnaround and responsiveness.
The Best Group philosophy — make custom products, produce them to order and provide outstanding customer service — extends beyond the factory floor. The firm also provides professional field installation for both residential and commercial applications through a team of 100% in-house, company-employed installers across a primary market area covering 20 counties in three states. When a customer orders from Best, the product is designed, manufactured and installed by Best employees, with zero sub-contracting. To support this effort, the company maintains a very aggressive sales and marketing strategy supported, like its installation efforts, with Best Group employees selling Best Group products.
Throughout this transformation, Best Group has relied on the City of Johnstown and the city and regional workforce, as cornerstones of its success. In 2007, Best Group purchased its current headquarters facility, providing outstanding space for manufacturing and complete office and support capabilities, as well as an on-site showroom. More than 70% of the Best Group’s workforce lives in the Johnstown area, and the firm has partnered with the city to secure improvement grants and upgrade support to maintain its location. “The city has always been very good with financial assistance as well as oversight and improvement grants,” says B.J. Ritko, Vice President & General Manager.
The results of this partnership are powerful. In the five years that the Ritkos have led Best’s transformation, the company’s annual sales have tripled. The firm added a new location in West Virginia and recently opened a new certified distribution point in Warren, PA which will service lower New York state and Pennsylvania’s Northwest/Erie region. While the firm focuses on direct-to-customer sales, the outstanding product portfolio has led to wholesale relationships with companies in New Jersey, Michigan and New Mexico.
“Johnstown has played a roll in providing us with a geographical centerpoint to access our market areas and extend in all directions,” Ritko adds. “In addition, it has provided a very dedicated and tenured workforce while also giving us a broad array of local young talent to develop.
Should you buy Storm Windows? Well, why don’t we talk about these systems and you can decide for yourself.
First, why do you want a Storm Window? What are you trying to do? Is it for Energy Efficiency? Or, perhaps this is a less expensive investment versus replacing your windows?
Windows are a multi-faceted home component. They allow in natural light, allow for ventilation, provide a physical barrier to the outside, protect against break-in, provide a cosmetic appeal, and reduce the transmission heat or cold to the outside (the latter being the most important function). As can be seen, windows are a very important part of the home. When replacing windows in your home, it is essential that you do your homework and give this project some serious consideration.
Why pay more year after year to heat and cool the same home?
- One of the most common reasons to replace existing windows is to increase the energy efficiency of your home — which reduces your heating and cooling bills and lowers greenhouse gas emissions. You’ll notice the savings immediately — because poorly performing windows and doors cause heating and cooling loss in a home. You’re literally throwing money out the window!
So, how do you know if a window or door is energy-efficient? Look for these features:
Determining Your Budget
- Replacing windows throughout a home can be a big investment. But it’s an investment with great payback (see HYPERLINK “http://www.milgard.com/planning-your-project/budgeting/” l “years-of-great-payback#years-of-great-payback” Years of Great Payback below).