Video: Fogged Windows Explained

At a recent home inspection on San Juan Island, I found a “fogged” window. Fogged windows are common and indicate that the seal between the double-pane glass has been lost. It DOES NOT mean that water will be entering the home to cause damage. For this reason, “fogged” windows are generally considered a cosmetic issue in the home inspection industry. That said, you can expect “fogged” windows to become progressively “foggier,” and most homeowners want them replaced, especially if they impede an amazing view. A window contractor can usually replace fogged windows without having to remove the window or trim itself; they simply replace the glass. Because replacement can be expensive, especially if a significant number of windows are “fogged,” it’s best to get a quote for replacement so you can understand the costs involved.

All Islands Home Inspections services all of the San Juan Islands, including Orcas Island, San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, Shaw Island, Lopez Island and non-ferry served islands. We also service Anacortes and all of Skagit County, Whatcom County, Whidbey Island and all of Island County.

If you’re looking for a home inspector that’s so thorough and experienced you won’t end up buying the “Money Pit,” then you need Tim Hance of All Islands Home Inspections working for you. Tim Hance is a board certified Master Home Inspector who has personally conducted over 8,000 home inspections. Tim Hance is college educated (University of Washington, B.S. Chemistry, 1996), was a licensed contractor for a decade prior to becoming a home inspector and has extensive experience in real estate development.