Condensation occurs naturally on windows, whether double or single glazed, whenever moist, warm air, encounters a cold surface.
Windows are generally less well insulated than walls, causing them and their surrounds to be the coolest surfaces in the room, hence condensation is most common during the coolest, dampest months of the year.
Convection currents are a major culprit and by controlling the production of excessive moisture, you can reduce the condensation you experience. One thing you should never do is draught exclude existing windows – this creates a condensation trap.
Where condensation is a major issue, we often specify secondary glazing with balanced trickle ventilation. This provides a simple, cost-effective, and permanent solution.
How best to control condensation
The key factors for dealing with general condensation are humidity & moisture control plus the need for ventilation.
For condensation that forms on and around the windows, the best solution is to install secondary glazing.
Good quality, well fitted, secondary windows, with unsealed primary windows or trickle vents, provide a complete, tight, internal seal and allow balanced, low level ventilation within the window reveal cavities.
This stops the inner glass from becoming too cold and prevents condensation from forming on both the primary & secondary windows.
It also protects the primary windows from condensation damage, whilst retaining insulation properties and helping to prevent condensation forming elsewhere
Our factory-fitted trickle ventilation system is both discreet & robust. It allows a simple, flexible method of providing the all-important background ventilation which will help you to control condensation problems.
A More Comfortable Living Space
Secondary glazing reduces condensation in a way that makes your living space more comfortable, so you’ll enjoy total peace of mind. The effects of condensation can often make you feel like you don’t want to welcome friends and family in your property if you are aware of the undesirable aesthetics.
There’s no need to feel uncomfortable in your property with a living space that isn’t as warm and cosy as you would like it to be. Our secondary glazing prevents condensation and allows you to enjoy your space completely, all through the year.
Reducing condensation in your home with secondary glazing is an excellent investment. You’ll enjoy a more pleasant living space, so you can welcome friends and family into your home without worrying about the sights and effects of condensation.
Our secondary glazing’s effects on condensation are positive for both you and your property. Without this moisture build-up to worry about, you’ll be free to enjoy a living space that is a much more pleasant place to be. What’s more, you can relax fully in your home. You’ll find it’s a much more comfortable place to be without condensation and with the increased ventilation you’ll enjoy thanks to the innovative trickle vents our designs include.
Secondary Glazing vs Double Glazing To Reduce Condensation
If you’re weighing up the options about which window enhancement is the best way to reduce condensation in your home, you are likely to wonder how effective double glazing is compared to secondary glazing when it comes to preventing this.
Since condensation most often forms on surfaces that are colder than the air surrounding them, double glazing can sometimes help to reduce this as these glazed panels help you to retain a little more heat. This can be one way in which you may look to lower the amount of condensation in your home.
However, there are occasions where double glazing is not a viable option when it comes to preventing condensation. The best way to reduce condensation is to open up your home and increase the amount of ventilation, as the trickle vents in our secondary glazing products allow.
Conversely, double and triple glazed windows work against this by locking so much heat in your home that your living space can’t ventilate.
Your property may feel warmer, but in the long term, these issues will mean you’re far less comfortable. Secondary glazing doesn’t have these problems.
Also, double glazing may not be an option for you at all. If you own a listed building or period property, you will be limited by the replacement windows and glazing options that you have available. Secondary glazing may be the only choice, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’s a lesser option.
Price is another important factor in the comparison of secondary glazing vs double glazing when it comes to reducing condensation. Replacing all your windows with newly glazed profiles causes the authentic aesthetics of your property to be lost, and this comes at great expense both aesthetically as well as financially.
Cost-effective secondary glazing can be installed quickly, easily and much more effectively than double or triple glazing. As a means to reduce condensation secondary glazing is the ideal choice.
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