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You may think that if you want added insulation in your home's windows that secondary glazing may be the key. However, there are problems that can be caused by secondary glazing and condensation. Here is what you need to know to avoid expensive window repairs or replacement.

Double glazing can offer a lot of benefits. They can add insulation against sound and can help you save on energy bills. If you have a room such as a conservatory or sun room and you want to add extra insulation, double glazing may be an option that you want to look into.

You can purchase windows that have been double glazed already. They are made up of two panes of glass that sandwich a layer of gas between them. This gas provides extra insulation and because it fills the space it is impossible for moisture to build up between the panes. However, double glazed windows can be very expensive and if you own an older home that has a number of windows that you are looking at insulating, replacing them all may not be an option.

You can opt to have your windows treated with secondary glazing. They usually involve the addition of a glass insert that fits inside the window. They look like the original window and tend to be very unobtrusive. They can also be applied to a number of different window styles from sliders to tilt style windows. The problem is that when there is a space between the two panes and there is not a glass filler, condensation can become a problem.

Condensation occurs any time when there is water vapor present. It is usually invisible when the air is hot enough. However, should it meet up with a cooler surface such as an external pane of glass, the water can reform into water droplets and end up rotting through a wooden frame.

If you want to make sure that your windows are not rotting from the inside out, you will need to make sure that there is a way for the water to escape. Vapor can escape through a gap left in an open window or it can also escape through a ventilation hole if one is provided. This can be an inexpensive option that will allow you to use secondary glazing in an area where it might not otherwise be possible. You should also make sure that the window frame is dry since damp wood can cause moisture to build up.

By making sure that your windows do not rot you will be able to keep them in good shape for as long as possible. This will prevent you from having to make expensive repairs or even replacing the windows in your home.

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