Be it in a commercial establishment or a residential structure, the best windows eventually need to be replaced with energy-efficient models. The reasons for window replacement may vary, from the panes sustaining damage to the frames getting worn out. Windows in Indianapolis and other areas with humid climates need to be checked for signs of damage that spell the need for repair or replacement.
A double-paned or sealed window, in particular, needs to be checked for signs of wear and tear. As the name suggests, double-paned windows consist of two glass panes that enclose an air or argon-filled vacuum—a structural design that insulates against the cold during winter and prevents excessive heat from entering during summer. An article on About.com instructs readers on how to detect if a sealed window requires a replacement:
“One certain way not to detect a failed window seal is by putting your hand on the glass. Unless it’s 37 degrees below zero outside, it’s doubtful that the “feel test” will work. Instead, examine the glass itself. Fogging, hazing, or moisture between the two panes of glass mean that a window seal has fogged. While a window can certainly fail and not have any moisture between the two panes, it’s more common to see moisture between the two panes.
Don’t jump to conclusions, though. Do your CSI work carefully. Clean the inside and the outside of the window so you’re certain that you’re not looking at external moisture. Also, sometimes the glass itself may be hazed through a failure of the glass or through overspray from painting.”
Double paned windows are effective at trapping heat during the winter and retaining cool air in the summer. Whereas certain windows need replacement when worn out or broken, a double-paned or sealed window may need to be replaced as soon as it no longer serves its overall function and efficiency. On the part of the home or business owner, being in the know regarding the different window types, potential defects, and reasons for eventual replacement or repair can come in quite handy in terms of cost, energy efficiency, and comfort.
Clients can count on a trusted company like Suburban Glass Service Inc. to offer a wide range of replacement windows in Indianapolis and deploy highly qualified technicians for any such project.
(Source: How to Tell if a Sealed Window Has Failed, about.com Home Renovations)