Fogged windows? Consider defogging first!
Defogging is an economical and ecological way to bring your fogged windows back to life without having to change them or even their insulating glass units. This option allows you to save up to 80% of the cost of a traditional window replacement! In addition, defogging allows you to do something that is environmentally friendly by avoiding throwing windows that are still good in the landfill.
How does a window become fogged?
A window becomes fogged by loosening over time, which means that the sealant around the entire circumference of the glass loses its watertightness and allows moisture to penetrate. The absorbent material contained in the spacer (which separates the panes of glass) eventually becomes saturated and, since it can no longer absorb moisture, fog forms on the inside of the pane as a result of the heat.
What does defogging consist of?
Defogging consists of drilling two or more small holes in the glass in order to clean between the panes of glass and remove the dirt that has settled. The products we use are non-toxic and biodegradable, so they are safe for you and the environment. Then, small transparent plugs are placed over the holes to let some air pass through while preventing dirt from penetrating the glass.
How long does it take to dry?
We calculate a maximum drying time of 8 weeks. It is therefore normal to see the reappearance of mist shortly after defogging; just let the drying time do its work. Then the windows will be as clear as when they were new! The small clear plugs will provide a constant airflow, keeping the glass dry so the fog doesn’t reappear.
Defogging, an effective solution to see clearly!
Following defogging, insulating glass units retain their effectiveness even if they no longer contain argon. They don’t become as energy efficient as when you bought them, but they do allow you to look through clear glass! It’s worth it!