How to Remove Moisture from a Sliding Glass Door

How to Remove Moisture from a Sliding Glass Door

Is moisture building up on your sliding patio doors? Perhaps your doors are wet with “dew” every morning, or you’re constantly spying droplets between the panes, obscuring your view and causing concern.  

The good news is that condensation build-up on your sliding doors doesn’t automatically mean that repairs or replacements are necessary. In this article, we’ll look at how to get moisture out of a sliding glass door and stop it from reappearing.  

What Causes Condensation Inside Sliding Glass Doors? 

When you first notice condensation inside your sliding glass door or on the outer panes, your first thought may be that there is a defect somewhere. However, the problem is most likely caused by something as simple as the changing of the seasons.  

Glass is unable to produce condensation on its own. The problem is often generated by a drastic difference in temperatures inside and outside the panes of your sliding glass door. If it is colder inside than outside, condensation may start forming on your door’s outer pane. If the temperature is warmer outside than inside, the same problem may occur on the inner pane of glass.  

Fortunately, this problem can be solved with a little investigation and adjusting of the temperature around your home.   

How to Remove Moisture From a Sliding Glass Door 

Whether you have condensation inside your sliding glass door or it’s collecting on windows, the solutions below should help to clear it quite quickly.  

Be Smart With Your Thermostat 

Condensation forms when the temperatures on the inside and outside of a glass sliding door or window are drastically different. Whether it’s the height of summer or the middle of winter, aim to keep the temperature in your home comfortable but not dramatically above or beyond the temperature outside. If you notice condensation forming, turn the thermostat down or up a few notches to counter it.  

Let Some Air In 

Opening your windows can help to create an even temperature throughout your home. More air circulating through your home can also help circulate and balance the moisture created by showering, appliances, or cooking. Your home will also smell fresher.  

Consider a Dehumidifier 

If the air inside your home contains excess moisture, this can cause condensation to appear on your sliding door panes. Investing in a dehumidifier can help get the balance of moisture in your air just right and reduce condensation. 

What Else Could Cause the Problem? 

If you’ve tried everything and you’re still being plagued by foggy panes, it could be your door that is at fault. For example, if the rubber seals on your glass door are defective, this could cause moisture build-up. If your weather stripping seals are cracked or damaged, it could be time to seek out a replacement. A full inspection of your sliding door will determine the cause and what can be done.  

At Thompson Creek, we offer high-quality, energy-efficient sliding glass doors known for effectively blocking noise and weather while also allowing in the maximum amount of light.  We’d be delighted to provide you with a cost-effective free quote and show you what a difference new doors could make to your comfort and your view. Contact us to learn more about our high-quality patio sliding doors or to schedule your consultation.