How Often Should Window Be Replaced in Rentals?

Your multifamily property probably has lots of windows. Replacing windows can be a costly investment so it’s important to do some research so that you understand when it’s necessary. New windows provide a variety of advantages. They can help you increase the energy efficiency of your multifamily units. New windows can increase the value of your multifamily unit by upgrading the appearance of the outside of the building.

DSCN1503If quality windows are installed in the multifamily units, they may last up to 20 years. However, older windows can significantly affect the energy efficiency of the units. Old windows often have gaps which allow cold and warm air to escape from the unit. Window technology has improved significantly over the past two decades.

How do you know if your windows need to be replaced? First you can do some basic checks on your own your own. Can you feel cold or heat through the window? When it’s windy outside, do the curtains or blinds move? Are the windows easy to open and close? Do you find moisture or condensation on the inside of the window? If you notice any of these problems, it’s a sign that your windows don’t fit tightly and need to be replaced. You’re losing energy through your windows which affects your electric and gas bills.

Consider updates to windows for aesthetic as well as energy efficiency concerns. Your windows should fit in with the design of the home. If your multifamily property has been remodeled, you may need to update your windows to keep up with your remodeling projects.

It’s not easy to determine if your windows need to replaced but your multifamily contractor should be able to give you advice. Your contractor can explain what types of windows are best for your situation. Many older window styles are made with single pane glass which is not as energy efficient.  The windows feel cold in the winter and can frost on the inside. In some cases, the windows may break.

Dual pane windows can significantly lower your energy bills because well-fitting, dual pane windows will keep out the elements such as wind, heat, cold, rain and snow. New windows will pay for themselves in a very short amount of time.