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After I moved into a new home, I realized that there were some real problems with our garage door. It didn't always open easily, and when it did, it seemed to have issues closing all the way. I knew that we had to do something, so I started looking around for a place that offered garage door service. I was able to find an incredible business that offered garage door sales and service, and they helped us to find replacement parts that could resolve the issues. This blog is all about keeping your garage door working well and avoiding repair costs in the long run.


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Is Condensation On Garage Door Windows A Bad Sign?

by Perry Wilson

You expect a new garage door to be without major issues, right? So when those nice, clean windows suddenly develop drippy condensation, you take notice. A little condensation once in a while might not garner attention. But a lot of condensation may make you wonder if something has gone wrong with the windows.

Drastic Differences in Temperature

Much of the time, the windows are fine -- it's the temperature in and around your garage that's the problem. When you have glass separating cooler and warmer zones, condensation can form on the side of the glass in the warmer zone. This is why you get so much moisture on the side of a glass holding ice water; the moisture in the warmer air outside the glass condenses on the cooled-down surface of the glass.

In your garage, the slightly warmer air inside the closed space is condensing on the glass that has colder air on the other side. You either need to make the garage colder, to match the outside temperature, or you need to heat it up more so that the glass gets warmer than the dew point, which is the temperature at which moisture in the air begins to condense into droplets.

Outer or Inner Surface?

If the condensation is on the outside of the glass -- in other words, you can wipe it off -- the temperature in the room is the likely cause of the problem. But if you have dual-pane windows in the garage door, and the condensation is between the panes, that is a sign that the windows need repair. Somehow the seal between the panes has been breached, which means, of course, that there is a crack somewhere. At this point, you need to replace the windows (dual panes with this sort of leak are hard to repair), and calling your garage door company is your best course of action.

Mildew Issues

One thing to note: No matter the cause of the condensation, you don't want to ignore the problem. Letting the moisture sit on the glass and drip onto the door means you could have a mildew or mold problem on your hands fairly quickly. Instead of risking that sort of damage, address the condensation immediately.

Contact your garage door installation contractors if the windows need replacing or if heating the garage doesn't help. This may seem like a frustrating problem, but it's really one of the simpler ones to solve.