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How to Fix a Foggy Window and Broken Seal

foggy window with broken seal

Natural light has several benefits, such as warding off seasonal depression, but foggy windows can be more frustrating than beneficial. You finally can't stand it anymore—every time you look at your window, you notice how foggy it is. Nothing seems to help fix the issue. Why are your windows foggy, and what can you do about it? Foggy windows usually happen when window seals break. So what's the best way to deal with broken window seals? Find out here and discover how you can see clearly through your windows again.

What Window Seals Do

Windows contain a seal that helps keep them air-tight. Double and triple-pane windows have a gap between the glass panes filled with gas. This gas, such as argon, is used for insulation. These types of windows provide the homeowner with more comfort as they're designed to block out drafts. They keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer by blocking outside temperatures. However, window seals can fail for a variety of reasons.

Causes of Broken Seals

Windows that are relatively new might have broken seals due to improper installation or faulty manufacturing. Common reasons include insufficient time to allow the seal to cure or a tainted sealant. Punctured seals can also cause foggy windows. This sometimes happens during transportation or installation. The elements also play a part in degrading window seals. Strong wind, storms, and natural disasters can take their toll on window seals. If you have the wrong type of window for your climate, you may notice foggy windows more often. For instance, wood windows can warp and expand when exposed to moisture, damaging the seal. Window condensation can also damage the seal. You should wipe up any condensation you see on windows to prevent mould from growing in and around the seals.

What to Do When Window Seals Break

So what can you do when your window seals break? The best method to fix a foggy window is to contact a glass company to replace the window glass. Thankfully, only the glass needs replacing, not the entire window frame. You can't remove the seal, so the best solution is to replace the glass and remove the problem. Replacement is easy and works better than other methods, which are temporary solutions at best. When you replace the IGU (insulated glass unit), you won't have to worry about the window fogging up again. Replacing the sealed insulated glass unit is relatively easy, and we even offer custom-cut replacement glass for the perfect fit! No matter the size or shape of your window, we can come and replace it for you.

See Clearly Again

You don't have to deal with foggy windows when your window seals break. Once you replace the window glass, you'll be able to see clearly again and enjoy your view. At Alder Glass & Aluminum, we specialize in replacing sealed window units. If you're in need of residential glass services in Winnipeg, give us a call or send us an email today. We'll be happy to replace your home windows or doors.


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