A Better Solution for Fogged Windows?

By
Real Estate Agent with Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor

For years I've heard from home inspectors that fogged thermal pane windows can be repaired. It is just that nobody could give me details from personal experience.

Well, this company sounds like they have a solution for most fogged window problems.

defogitnow.com has a system that treats the window while it is still in the home. This is not a miracle cure, and it can take up to 12 weeks depending on the season, but it also costs 1/3 to 1/2 what a window replacement costs.

(We just had a purchase this year where there was a large window that was fogged. We negotiated to have the seller pay it, but it was just under one thousand dollars.)

I like the company's website. They spell out the different stages of deterioration and they provide a set of before and after pictures. They also show pictures of windows that are too badly damaged to repair.

Please post a comment if you have worked with these folks.

Helping Home Buyers Locate, Evaluate, and Negotiate great home deals!
Jon Boyd, Broker/Manager
The Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor, Inc.
http://buyersagentannarbor.com/
734-6620-6240
1908 W. Stadium Blvd. Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Comments (4)

Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

I had always heard that multi-pane windows could not be repaired, but that's always come from window installers who might have a slight conflict of interest because they would make more money on a replacement window rather than a repaired window.

Aug 28, 2008 01:24 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Great, I see lots of them. Do you think buyers will be happy with that solution? Just curious.

Aug 28, 2008 01:33 AM
Kerry Smyth
Newcomers Welcome Service - Ann Arbor, MI

I sent an inquiry about this process to a friend who owns a My Handyman location.  He is a great resource for maintenance, repair, and construction (he's a licensed builder).  I will post his response when I get it.

 

Aug 28, 2008 04:58 AM
Anonymous
Bobby Frank

Jon,

Like you I had heard for years about methods for solving window fogging between panes on insulated glass. I spoke w/ the owner of one of these companies, Window Medic. It works by drilling relief holes and installing relief valves for air flow that allows the moisture to escape the air space between panes. Some caveats are  ....   Drilling into Tempered glass will typically shatter the glass, so it can't be used on doorwalls, windows right next to doors, nor windows over 9 square feet and within 14 inches of the floor. ....    Also, it would most likely void any window manufacturer's warranty. Some are up to 20 or more years in length. However, since the warranties typically only cover the part and not the labor or damage to window trim and such, the repairs may still be considered.   ....   I personally have not seen  it performed and will it really be a semi-permanent solution?

At this time, I tell my clients about the option, tell them it does not have a history in our area, and tell them since I haven't enough knowledge about this to give a recommendation.

Bobby Frank

A Buyer's Ally - RJ Frank home Inspection

Ann Arbor, MI

734-994-4900

Dec 27, 2008 01:51 AM
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