Homeowners across the country may find themselves perplexed each time they try looking out their windows, only to find out that they’re all fogged up. Foggy glass in Alaska happens in both the summer and winter months when the temperature inside is much different than the temperature outside. Moisture that condenses on either the inside or the outside of the glass causes the glass to temporarily fog up. Unfortunately, after a while, that fog can become a constant issue with no clear DIY remedy.
After several years, that moisture can begin to build up inside your windows, in between your double paned glass. That’s a real shame, because fogged windows in Alaska not only look bad, but they also prevent you from looking outside, and they drastically reduce the amount of natural light that gets into your home. Continue reading to learn more about foggy windows and what to do about them.
What are the advantages of double paned glass?
The issue of a constantly fogged window is most likely to occur in a window that has double paned glass. At first, it may sound strange to invest in a window that’s only going to have issues down the road. However, the advantages of double paned glass far outweigh the disadvantages. The two panes of glass are extremely effective in keeping your home as energy efficient as possible throughout the year. The lifetime savings you’ll see on your energy bill is well worth the risk of having foggy glass in Alaska in the future.
What causes the windows to fog?
As mentioned above, the fogging occurs because moisture eventually creeps in between the two panes of glass. That moisture has nowhere to go once it gets in there, and can eventually get bad enough to totally eliminate your field of view. Luckily, it takes years for moisture to break the protective barrier along the outside of the panes.
How does the moisture get between the panes?
The technology used to craft windows has come a long way in the past few decades. That being said, nothing is perfect. The material used to coat the edges of the two panes has a tendency to break down after years of abuse. Bad storms and high winds slowly break down the coating. Extreme temperature fluctuations in the summer and winter cause the glass to shrink and expand, slowly creating a gap in the panes. While those are unpreventable, constantly opening and closing your windows certainly doesn’t help keep your windows intact.
How can fogging be prevented?
Unfortunately, there’s no way to truly prevent your double paned windows from eventually fogging. Your windows are bound to become foggy from the inevitable moisture. When that happens, you’ll need to call a professional to have the window replaced. The best way to prolong your windows’ lifespan is by installing high quality windows and high quality glass in the first place.
If you’d like to learn more about fogged windows in Alaska, or you’d like to schedule window replacement, give Replacement Glass a call today.