That Window Has Lost It's Seal, It Needs To Be Replaced.

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That Window Has Lost It's Seal,

It Needs To Be Replaced.

 

 

Dual pane windows do not last forever, they will need to be replaced. The insulation value is connected to the space and properties between the two panes of glass, it is sealed. Over time the gaskets will fail and the seal broken.

 

How do I know if my window has failed?

 

The easiest and most obvious way to tell is how does the glass look. Once that seal is lost, moisture from outside can begin to get inside and condensate will form on the inside of the panes. This will look like a fog at first, and eventually water droplets and even streaking water on a regular basis.

 

Some windows tend to last longer than others, contact a qualified contractor in your area for more information.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
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That really does indicate that the window needs to be replaced. I am wondering how long do they normally last?

Jun 06, 2015 02:10 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Tom,  it looks like the window inside a washing machine. I'd say it lost its seal. 

Jun 06, 2015 02:14 AM #2
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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
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Tom- we had those in one of our homes and had to replace them all.  You definitely will know when the seal is lost. 

Jun 06, 2015 02:32 AM #3
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Jerry Lucas
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I have seen this a few times.  Some companies advertise window seal repair.  Any experience with that?

Jun 06, 2015 02:48 AM #4
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Yes, that looks like a goner for sure.  Time to get that replaced.

Jun 06, 2015 04:37 AM #5
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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Hi Tom. This is common everywhere. Can't the seals be replaced?

Jun 06, 2015 04:43 AM #6
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DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
Realtor - El Dorado Hills & the Surrounding Areas

Great topic Tom!  When I'm doing my agent visual inspection, some windows with broken seals are easy to see but some look just like a smudge!  I have found that Milgard will replace theirs for life for the original owner.  

Thanks for sharing!

DeeDee

Jun 06, 2015 12:20 PM #7
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Tom: I understand that the worst thing you can do is use Windex on your double paned windows. The stuff eats away at the seal when it leaks to the bottom.

Jun 06, 2015 03:09 PM #8
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James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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At our last home we lived there for 17 years and the windows were still good.  If the windows we have now last that long I'll be a happy camper.... Now if I could only last another 17 years I would be even happier..

Jun 06, 2015 08:49 PM #9
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Roger D. Mucci
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Oh.....THAT window!  Looks like a watercolor painting Tom.

Jun 06, 2015 11:02 PM #10
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Good question Sussie Sutton . Many factors: quality of the window, direct sunlight, weather extremes and more can effect the life.

This one has been gone for a while Kathleen Daniels .  :)

Once one goes, the others may be failing soon Kathy Streib .

Jun 06, 2015 11:34 PM #11
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
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I have heard of these companies, I have no experience with them Jerry Lucas 

I hope to get a few of them done at once Debbie Gartner 

I am told they can be Sheila Anderson , I've often changed the dual panes and kept the framing in place.

Buying from a reputable manufacturer can be a good thing DeeDee Riley 

Jun 06, 2015 11:38 PM #12
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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I will have to check into this one Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor® .

Well James Dray , we all get today!

It's hard to miss but no one wants to talk about it Roger D. Mucci . 

Jun 06, 2015 11:42 PM #13
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Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

That baby is pretty fogged out!

Jun 07, 2015 01:32 AM #14
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Actually a broken seal only robs about 5 or 10% of the window's efficiency.  But still, it's ugly when the seal breaks!

Jun 07, 2015 08:53 PM #15
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