A Basic Overview of Common Double-Pane Window Problems

Over time, homes with original windows can begin to experience problems. Double-pane windows that are more than several years old can begin to show signs of their age. Older windows are simply not able to compete with newer replacement window glass in terms of energy efficiency and quality.

Another benefit to newer replacement windows, in addition to improved efficiency and appearance, is that they are often warranted for many decades beyond installation. This gives homeowners peace of mind knowing that their product is one of quality.

  • Film: A common issue seen with older double-pane windows is the formation of film on the glass surface. This can be caused by mineral deposits and ultraviolet radiation working together to "bake on" soil. This foggy film can be nearly impossible to remove and can permanently affect the clarity of your window.
  • Condensation: For double-pane windows with empty airspace between the glass, moisture and condensation can become a problem when the integrity of the seal is compromised. Older double-pane windows do not always use gas fillers, instead relying on normal air for insulating value. Empty airspace compromises thermal performance and moisture infiltration can be incredibly difficult to counteract or reverse in low-tech windows.
  • Dust Buildup: In line with the above issue, dust and soil can accumulate between the panes once the seal has been broken. Small insects can also become trapped inside, where they die and are impossible to remove.

These are a few examples of issues typically experienced by older double-pane windows. By choosing replacement windows that take advantage of advancements in today's technology and quality manufacturing practices, you can avoid these issues.

Wallside Windows provides a 35-year warranty for all of our replacement window products. We proudly protect our windows against fogging, moisture accumulation, and film buildup. To learn more, contact us at (313) 908-5243 or visit our website today.