North facing tiled window sill -Condensation & very cold

Hi Folks.

I have 2 window sills that are tiled. These are north facing part of my house.

The cold that can be felt behind drawn curtains is staggering & the windows do suffer with condensation.

I dont want to start ripping the tiles off, but would be interested if there was a way of keeping things a little warmer in this area

The windows are double glazed & there is a radiator below


  • macman
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    If it's cold behind them, then the curtains are doing their job and holding the heat in the room. The tiles being naturally cold will tend to attract condensation.
    The only real solution to condensation is to improve the ventilation in the room to reduce the water vapour present.
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  • dampdaveski
    macman is quite correct however you could try fitting some pvc window board directly on top of the tiles, we've done this in the past with a lot of success, but it has been in conjunction with increasing ventilation to the property either through adding extract to kitchens and bathrooms or install a positive pressure unit.
    Hope this helps
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  • g4fne
    g4fne Posts: 232 Forumite
    Thanks for the reponses. I have already extractor fans in bathroom & kitchen & do not suffer condensation anywhere else. I was wondering if by covering the tiles it would infact insulate & perhaps not attract the condensation :confused::confused:
  • Grumps
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    From what you have described I'd be a little worried about any underlying problems concerning damp and that the radiator is masking the more obvious signs.

    I presume that whatever is to the outside of that wall is sufficiently below the DPC so as not to cause any breach?
  • g4fne
    g4fne Posts: 232 Forumite
    Its a relatively new central heating system of 4 years & no sign of damp when put in. DPC seems all correct. I do think the condensation is partly caused by the very cold tiles & perhaps the curtain keeping the heat from reaching maybe
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