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The Problem - "Condensated", "Misted", "Cloudy"
In the trade we say that the double glazed sealed unit has “Broken down” or “Failed”. This means that the perimeter edge seal has lost it’s integrity and that it is letting in moisture somewhere. The moisture itself is hard to spot at first, sometimes becoming only visible as the Sun or another heat source ’draws’ the moisture up. Typically the moisture will be drawn in as the atmospheric pressure changes, and it will build up eventually condensing into water inside the sealed unit. This can sometimes fill to look like a fish tank with several inches of water inside that cannot escape. Other cases re-activate the dormant dessicant chemicals inside the spacer bar, creating an acid which burns into the glass and when dried out will leave a white cloudy streak as in the pictures below.

The Cause – Other than natural atmospheric stresses, there are 3 main reasons for the breaking down of a sealed unit.

  1. Poor manufacturing process with the use of inferior edge sealants. (non conforming components)
  2. Incorrect frame drainage or a blockage in frame drainage.
  3. Incorrect packing of the glass unit during installation or the use of incorrect packer products.

The Solution – The only answer is to replace the double glazed units. This will cause no alteration or disruption to the frame within they are located. However the replacement unit should be manufactured to Kitemarked standard and the unit replacement should always be carried out by a trained operative, in accordance with the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) Glazing Manual.

The CLEAR SOLUTION – Getty Glass only install premium double glazed sealed units, conforming with BS E 1279-2:2002, rigorously tested by the British Standards Institute (BSI) in order to offer Kitemark quality.

Many will claim that their products “conform” to various BS Standards, however only units that actually pass the rigourous testing of the British Standards Institute (BSI) carry the much coveted “Kitemark” status.

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I am absolutely delighted with my new door. Nick and Joe have done a marvellous job. They are both hard working and extremely mannerly.

Mrs Cannin – Belfast

Fitters were excellent !

Mrs Corbitt – Dromore

Many thanks to Maurice who visited us and explained the process of fixing our Conservatory. Without doubt Getty Glass does what it says on the tin !  All the jobs we required were explained to us and Neil and Stewart were a pleasure to have at our home. Thank you especially to Neil for your helpful tips, advice and professional manner. Oh and the price was right !” 

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Really professional service at a good price. Guys very nice and friendly too.

Gillian McCann – Newtownabbey

Advice, installation, products all excellent. highly recommended.

Mrs Hagan – Newtownards

The work was carried out quickly and efficiently. any mess caused was cleared up both inside and out.

Mr McDowell – Ballygowan

The windows and door that were installed were of a high standard and the fitter and his helper worked very hard to get the work finished in the stated time. They were clean and tidy workers and not a tile in the bathroom was chipped. Very impressed overall. Thank you.

Mrs Jenkins – Donaghadee

Excellent Workmanship. Thank you

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The fitters were very professional, knowledgeable and considerate. A great all round service.

Mrs Livingstone – Dundonald

Mrs Livingstone - Dundonald

Very pleased with the work and the workers are very clean and tidy at their jobs. If I ever need any work again, Getty Glass would be the ones I would call.

Mrs Dodds – Carryduff

We had a condensation problem in a large picture window. Being so large I didn’t think that anything could be done, but it was replaced more quickly than I could have imagined ! The whole window in and out within half an hour – unbelievable ! The cost was also less than I imagined – pleasantly surprised.

Mrs Wilson – Belvoir Belfast

Fast friendly workmen.They come and do the work – no mess. Thank you !

Mr Bannister – Larne

The workmen once again were marvellous. Very efficient and clean workers. Would recommend them.

Miss Bradshaw – Comber

The workmanship was first class. The workmen were a great advert for your company and made the whole experience so smoothe.

Mrs Burns – Bangor

I would like to confirm that the two workman are two of the best workers I have ever seen. The attention to detail, the finishing touches produced two well installated doors. The professional approach of both was commendable and I will most definitely recommend them to anyone, Many thanks.

Mr & Mrs Tracey – Belfast

David and the team were excellent, from honest advice, great suggestions, price, taking time to explain all the options, perfect installation & attention to detail as well as being friendly. Highly recommend them, especially if you want good honest advice from a company that puts the customer first.

Mr Magee – Belfast

Job well done. Work completed quickly and everything was left clean and tidy. Very well pleased.

Mrs Harrison – Comber

This work was carried out in a very professional manner. Both men were efficient and helpful and are highly recommended

Mr Johston – Lisburn

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