Latest Discussions : Windows & Doors


06:10AM | 02/05/05
Member Since: 02/04/05
1 lifetime posts
Our new home has windows that form condensation and thick ice on the window during cold weather. The windows are so cold that you can't sit near them without feeling a breeze. The humidity on a gauge checks out to be 27% but the temperature just next to the wooden edge of the window is close to 24% on the insdie although the house thermastat and the interior of the room is at 72 degrees. We contacted the builder that first winter and he ignored our pleas...the next winter we had an air infiltration test that showed we were above the limits. By this time you could see mold on our windows. He replaced the vents in the bathrooms as well as insulating the can lights in the kitchen. He put one storm window on the house and wanted to know if it made a difference. One storm window. He has offered to put storms on all the windows but since mold has been apparent it seems a little too late. The windows have a 25 year guarantee but he won't replace the windows. He says it's not the windows. It seems ridiculous that our neww windows need storm windows. What do you think?


01:46PM | 02/05/05
Member Since: 01/05/05
83 lifetime posts
What kind of windows are they? What part of the country do you live in? Most windows on the market are defective in one way or another. And so are many so called BUILDERS!!!!


10:58PM | 02/07/05
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
If you indeed have a 'new' home....meaning newly constructed...

Then condensation will be normal for at least the first year as concrete, masonry, lumber, drywall, paints and other liquid off-gassing materials finally acclimatize to the natural surroundings.

After that, you need to look into faulty humidistats on forced air heating systems for excess moisture, excess basement moisture, poorly exhausted dryer and bath vents, and excess cooking habits as causes of more internal humidity than you need.

If those issue have been resolved, then improperly sealed windows can be the culprit.


03:50PM | 02/20/05
Member Since: 02/17/05
6 lifetime posts
it sounds like you have an air leak in the windows.pull off the casing on one window and look at the insulation. it should be put all the way to the front of the window.if it is not talk to the builder and tell he what you have found. look at the out side to see how it is sealed up on the out side.if very thing look good the call the place where the window were made and tell them about it.


06:36PM | 04/30/09
Member Since: 04/29/09
1 lifetime posts
We built a new house. We are having the same issues during the winter time with thick ice on our windows. The builder just wants to put storm windows on. We changed the exhaust fans and venting them out. How can we solve this problem? We have problems on all your windows. When I read the other guys ice problem, it was the same as ours. I do not feel the builder is doing the right thing to fix it. Yes, we have mold too on the windows. Please, give us some insight to this issuse. We live here for 1 1/2 and ran a dehumifer in our basement. Still runs. Ran it on our 2nd floor. We empty it on a daily basis. Is that too much humdity? Thank you.

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