What are the causes of condensation on bifolding doors and windows? In the Autumnal months, we see many different fluctuations in external temperature. There is a mixture of warm days and colder nights. A result of this is that you may be surprised to see condensation on the outside of your double glazed units.
What causes condensation on bifolding doors?
If you see condensation on the outside of your double glazed unit, it is logical to assume that either your doors are at fault, or there is a problem with your glass.
Condensation is often evident in September and October, but there is no great cause for concern. We offer some information and advice about condensation and what you can do about it.
No new windows or doors eliminate condensation.
The sales message of some window companies wanting to sell you new windows and doors is that you will elimiate condensation. No new window or door cures condensation. While double glazed doors or windows with insulated frames certainly help reduce it, other factors cause moisture in the home.
Heating, cooking, living and even sleeping affect moisture levels in the home. Do your research and you will see a standard message amongst professional window and door companies, and the glazing industry bodies that condensation can never be eliminated.
Why do you see condensation on your double glazed windows and doors?
Condensation on your new windows and doors can occur even on the most thermally efficient of products. If you can see the formation of condensation on the outside of your glass, this is perfectly normal.
Condensation on the outside of double glazed units just means that your new energy efficient doors and high specification glass are working together. It is keeping the heat in your home and the cold out.
Why is condensation on the outside not the inside of your doors?
You may be confused as to why you are getting condensation on the outside of your windows, but this is merely demonstrating how useful modern glass is.
On older single glazed windows or timeworn double glazing without insulation, the “cold spot” was previously on the inside of the window. The thermal efficiency of polyamide thermal breaks in the aluminium, argon gas, coatings and warm edge spacer bars in the glass has shifted the cold spots to the outside, where they should be.
Simply put, the heat is now being retained in your property, rather than being lost through the glass or the frames. Naturally, this condensation will disappear as soon as the temperature rises outside.
Tips for reducing condensation in your home.
- Ventilate your home as much as possible.
- If you have trickle vents in your windows, do keep these open.
- Avoid sudden temperature increases – it is better to have a consistent temperature in the home.
- Ensure you regularly clean off any moisture.
- Use kitchen and bathroom fans where fitted.
- Avoid drying washing in the home.
What to expect from frameless glass doors by FGC.
Our unique and patented frameless doors feature the latest in thermally insulated aluminium extrusions and very high specification glass with insulated spacer bars, advanced coatings and a top quality construction.
If you do see condensation on your windows or our doors, there is nothing to worry about.
At this time of year, condensation has formed on the outside of your doors. This is largely due to the increased moisture in the air.
Where your bifolding doors or windows are located is also likely to affect whether you get condensation on the outside and how much. North and South facing properties can differ, your location can be a factor as well.
So if you do see condensation on your new windows and doors, these are doing what they have been designed to do. To keep the heat inside your home.