Windows are part of the Home Inspection, and double-pane windows show special challenges to the inspector. To be specific, The Advanced Domestic Inspectors will look at a seal on a double-pane window but are not responsible for details on the condition. Since a broken seal might not indeed appear signs that it’s broken!
The double-pane lesson is what it sounds like. Two sheets of glass are held together by a metal frame, or strip. All moisture is expelled from in between the sheets, making a common cover boundary. These windows, when appropriately fixed, are vitality efficient.
Signs of Trouble on Your Windows
Some things that an inspector will look for on your double-pane windows include:
- Condensation in the window.
- White, powdery substance around the windows.
- Shower-like scum build-up inside the windows.
So, what does this mean to the homeowner and potential buyer?
When a double-pane windows shows signs of a broken seal, you have three options of repair:
- Replace the glass panes.
- Replace the sash, the part that moves.
- Replace the entire window.
If these issues come up during the home inspection, it will become a negotiating point, just like faulty equipment or other repairs.
Other Issues with Windows
Of course, there are other issues that an inspector might find that are not specifically related to double-paned windows. Your inspector will check to make sure windows open, close and lock properly. They’ll look for chips in the glass, issues with screens, draftiness, and any leakage around the windows.
Final Thoughts on Double-Pane Window Inspections
While a home inspector will assess your windows for ordinary issues that will affect your home deal, they cannot check the seals on a double-pane window. They will point out signs of a broken seal, like condensation or another buildup, but it is additionally conceivable that a recently broken seal will show no signs at all! In that case, there’s no way to know that the seal has been broken.
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