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Old 01-02-2009, 04:06 PM   #1
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I moved into a condo over the summer. The building is new construction. one of the selling points was 18' ceilings and 14' windows. The windows have aluminum frames. As soon as winter hit I started getting condensation on the inside of the aluminum window frames. The frames are wet all the time. The condensation is so bad that it drips down to the cills and down the walls. The frames are not painted. The windows have very poor insulation. cold seems to radiate from the metal.
Any suggestions? I'm wondering if there is some sort of coating, paint or other, that would prevent condensation. I'm also wondering if there is a way to insulate inside the frame. I though drilling holes and injecting some sort of foam insulation might work but i don't want to drill the aluminum.

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I moved into a condo over the summer. The building is new construction. one of the selling points was 18' ceilings and 14' windows. The windows have aluminum frames. As soon as winter hit I started getting condensation on the inside of the aluminum window frames. The frames are wet all the time. The condensation is so bad that it drips down to the cills and down the walls. The frames are not painted. The windows have very poor insulation. cold seems to radiate from the metal.
Any suggestions? I'm wondering if there is some sort of coating, paint or other, that would prevent condensation. I'm also wondering if there is a way to insulate inside the frame. I though drilling holes and injecting some sort of foam insulation might work but i don't want to drill the aluminum.
Metal windows love bringing the cold in from the outside--nothing you can do except move to a warmer climate. The warm moist air in your home is drawn to the cold window frames like kids to candy.

Keep up on the paint/stain around your windows, you don't want the water to run into your wall cavities. If you have outlets under the window check to make sure moisture is not getting in there.

Try to lower the moisture level in your home.

Generally I would suggest replacing the windows but I doubt that is an option since the condos are new.

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I find it hard to believe that the window frames don't have any thermal-break installed in there frames, What brand window is it and what region are you from?
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