My Windows are Sweating. What do I do?

2017-06-22

If you’ve ever experienced window sweat, you know how irritating it can be. Window condensation is a common problem in the wintertime and can leave your windows, frames and sills wet. Not only is it an annoying problem to deal with, it can also cause damage to your home. Rotting wood and plaster damage are two of the major issues that can surface due to window condensation.

Even if your home is well insulated, you may still notice window condensation. This is likely due to the humidity in your home being too high. When the moisture generated inside your home isn’t able to escape, and the warm inside air condenses on the cold windows, window sweat is bound to happen.

Fortunately, there are ways you can prevent and eliminate indoor window condensation. Check out the main culprits of window sweating and what you can do to stop it.

What Causes Window Condensation?

Window condensation is caused by excessive moisture in your house. This could be coming from things like gas or propane from your fireplace, a humidifier, green plants, or ground moisture coming up from the concrete slab outside. If you just moved in to a new-build, the materials may still be drying out. New wood and concrete can take up to 18 months to dry, so the moisture could just as well be coming from there.

Major Problems with Window Condensation

Window condensation can be a pain in the neck, but it can also lead to severe home damage. It not only leads to mould and damage on your window frames and plaster, if it gets more serious, it can result in decay within your wall cavities and attic. If your windows are sweating beyond the point of being able to wipe them with a towel, talk to a home inspector who can help you with the issue.

What to Do

Consider all rooms and areas of you house to see where the excess moisture and humidity may be coming from. Using ceiling fans helps to circulate the air, and you can open your doors and windows on days when it’s not too cold to let some warm air out. Make sure to move your pants away from your windows and you can even look into buying a dehumidifier.

You can also invest in a hygrometer to monitor your indoor relative humidity. This way you can track the issue as well as what works and what doesn’t when you’re trying to solve the problem.

Storm Windows

Storm windows can help reduce condensation in the winter months. The extra layer of glass allows the interior window to stay warmer and helps reduce frost build up. Plus, the increased thermal performance will help cut heating bills during the winter. Gentek carries Aluminum Storm Windows, so make sure to ask your local Gentek dealer for more information if you’re interested in this product!

If your windows are sweating, make sure to stop them any way you can. Talk with a home inspector to find out exactly what you need to do so there’s no excessive damage to your home.


Purchased a home built in 1934

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I have purchased a home built in 1934, typically called American Square. We would like to transform the exterior to reflect a Tudor style in keeping with the rest of the neighbourhood. We are doing a complete renovation and all of the windows and doors (interior and exterior) will be replaced. The front porch will also be reduced in size and the front facade changed. Attached are pictures of existing home, and I have the plans for the interior/exterior renovation in a PDF file which I can also provide. We would like the front exterior to Tudor style The back exterior and inside will be modern/contemporary. What do you suggest for window and door styles and colours?

 

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If you wanted to create the look of tudor style home, I suggest that you go with dark brown windows and a dark brown door to help create the contrast look that you see on a tudor home.   I would go with a simple style door, without decorative glass.  For the windows, I would not include any grids or you will change the look of the home.

 

 


Update the cedar siding of our house

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Kelly asks:

 

Hi,  I would like to update the cedar siding of our house. I was thinking of staining it dark brown and then add stone on the lower half.  The windows are white. Maybe cap the trim?

Any other suggestions for updating the exterior?

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Answer:

Some nice ideas to update your home. If you wanted to go further, I would suggest you cap/trim the windows in a darker brown and then change the door up to a different colour completely to make it a focal point.  Maybe black or go lighter like Gentek’s Pebble colour to lighten the look.


Looking for a soft colour that would compliment brick

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Robert asks:

 

We have old 8″ white aluminum siding and want to replace. Considering siding that is wide as possible to minimize number of lines. What would you recommend. Also, may consider scallop at peaks at front of house and then traditional siding below. Looking for a soft colour that would compliment brick, and have trim in white. Also, at the rear I have 4 windows that protrude with capping, and want to add insulation there anyway; could that bring the siding out enough so windows are more flush with siding?

 

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In your case, I would suggest you go with a colour like Pebble to compliment the brick and give you a more modern look.  A vertical board and batten profile would minimize the lines and give you an entirely different look.  As for the windows in the back, it would really depend on the amount that the siding would have to come out and the thickness of the insulation board that you chose.  You would need to talk to your installer about that and have him measure the area to be sure.

 


Looking to change

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Veronique asks:

I am looking to change my windows AND doors and possibly changing the color of the flashing and/or of the bottom currently in white. Ideally, we would like to change only the windows to keep the cost low. What design and color windows would you recommend?

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Your existing home is made up of neutrals tones that give you many options. I would suggest you paint the bottom part of the home a colour similar to Gentek’s Pebble colour and then replace the windows and flashing with Pebble colour as well.  As for the front door, I would go with a dark colour like Gentek’s Iron Ore or Windswept Smoke to create a focal point for the home.  You want your door to be where a person first looks to on your home.

Here is your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them.

Bell Aluminum Inc.
7475 Boul St-Michel Montreal
QC, H2A 3A2
Phone: (514)374-8933 Toll Free: 1-877-374-8933

 

 

 


Replacing all windows and eventually gutters, soffits, eaves, downspouts etc to match

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Alexandra asks

We are replacing all windows and eventually gutters, soffits, eaves, downspouts etc to match. The garage doors and front door will also be changed. The large windows will be changed in design, as I have attempted to show through a design app (3rd photo). I also made the windows dark through the app, which I like, but not sure if it will be too much once I change all of the vinyl. Unfortunately the app I used doesn’t give me Gentek colour options which I need to choose from. If I go dark, should I also stick with a dark front door and garage doors? I’m considering either Pebble or Dark Drift for the windows. Brownstone beige seems to be the same colour of our main brick colour; Dark Drift is the same colour as the darker accent brick. My husband actually purchased paint in brownstone, pebble and dark drift. He painted some back windows but we still can’t decide. We would love to stay towards a grey tone, however not sure if it would look “off” considering the brick is more of a sandy tone. Roof is timberline brand “Canadian driftwood” in colour, if that helps. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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With the colour tones in your home, I would stick with the brown tones for your windows. It is a tough choice between Pebble and Dark Drift, but if you are going to go darker with the vinyl, I would go with Pebble, the lighter colour to bring everything together. I would then go with a darker garage and front door.

 


Keeping the white soffitts and eavestrough

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Laurie asks:

We are replacing the windows and siding but are keeping the white soffitts and eavestrough for now. We are planning on elongating the upper windows by about 12 inches and considering removing the shutters. We will replace all of the windows with casements but do not know if we should use the same colour on the bow window as on the smaller windows. The 2nd photo shows our brick and shingles along with White, Pebble and Dark Drift for the windows and siding, but we are not sure what colour scheme and siding style would best update our home. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

 

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I would like to see you go with Dark Drift for the siding and Pebble for the windows, which would help blend with the existing stone.  As for the bay window, I would keep it the same colour as the other windows. It is enough of a feature on it’s own, that you don’t have to over emphasize it with a different colour. As for enlarging the windows and removing the shutters, I agree with this, but I would still like to see some constrast colour on that portion of the house, so maybe do a wide capping of the window in Pebble as well.


Color and style for the side door of my house.

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Tracie asks:

 

Need to know the best color and style for the side door of my house. Please note we had it commercial brown (like trim in windows) but because it is exposed to full sun it fades and causes the weatherstripping and seals to crack and warp. Also I am planning to add accent stone to the bottom half of the house if you have any suggestions of color/style that would be appreciated. I already have my quote for the garden doors. It is very secluded where I live and I would like to have clear windows but would like to block out the heat any suggestions here.

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For the side door, you could try a colour like Pebble. It fits in with the brown of the home, but is not too dark and should not fall to the effects of the direct sun.  As well, when picking stone, I would pick a version that has both some browns and some greys in it as well lighten the look of the home.    As for your windows, if you do not want to tint them just install some window treatments like blinds to help keep out the heat of the sun.  If you are buying Energy Star rated windows, like Gentek’s Regency line, you can get glass packages that will help keep the cool/heat in the home and cool/heat from outside, outside the home.  Inquire with your installer about the best glass package for your home.

These are your closest Premium Renovators. Please consider contacting them.

Olsen Home Exteriors,

 

Canadian Comfort Windows & Doors
1903-B Merivale Road  Ottawa
ON, K2G 1E7
Phone: (613) 727-9387

 

Basic Home Improvements
741 Schubert Circle Ottawa
ON, K4A 4W3
Phone: (613) 824-0268

 


Building a new home and trying to decide on the exterior colors

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Robin asks:

 

Hi there, I hope you are able to help us. We are building a new home and trying to decide on the exterior colors of our home. Our shed was built first and we went with Gentek Dark drift with white trim and white doors however, I do wish to use dark drift and white trim on our home but would also like a darker color on it as well. The sample picture has a horizontal siding, vertical siding, shake siding, and we wish to use novi stone siding as well as shown in the picture. We are also going with black shutters. Can you please give me a suggestion of what other darker color I should use and where on the house? Should we go with a pebble color shake where the shake is visible on the picture and your expert opinion where we should put the dark drift would be appreciated? Also, if you are able to suggest the novi stone color and mold that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Oh, our shingles are Mirage – Sandlewood.

Suggestions on window trims and vents. Could you also point in the right direction there as well.

Saw the pebble color online and it seems too dark for the shake location on the house. I’m thinking that area of the house should be lighter. What do you think? Thank you.

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If you are looking to add a colour which is darker than Dark Drift, you would need to go with Gentek’s Iron Ore.  The grey and the dark brown will look good together and I think that Pebble would not be too dark in the shake.  It is hard to get the sense of what the colours look like online. You need to see actual samples.  I would use a stone that has both grey and brown tones in it like Brownstone and use Iron Ore for the siding and then Pebble for the Shake.  I think you will be happy with the combination.  As for the window trims, I might suggest you use Dark Drift to create some contrast.


We like neutral colours

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Tara asks:

Hello, we are renovating our house, we would like some advice on stucco, trim around windows, soffit and fascia. We like neutral colours such as beige and light gray. We would really appreciate your advice for colour selection.

 

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To keep with the colours that you like, I would suggest you do the stucco  colour close to Gentek’s Pebble and then trim your windows and soffit and fascia in Gentek’s Sable colour.  This will tie it together with the colour of your roof and your garage doors.