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Replacing Windows to Save Money

slide2When the muti-family apartment building you own has cracks in the windows or has windows which don’t close properly, it can cost you money. Because apartments which are drafty and cold in the winter require more heating. Also bad windows can make apartments too hot in the summer because of poor insulation. Further, even if tenants pay their own utilities, the heat loss and heat gain will destroy your budgeted expense payments because of the extra heating and cooling required in the hallways and common areas. So rents go up and then you lose good tenants and can’t even attract new ones either because the apartments also look rundown.

So replacing your windows may be the best option. In order to determine which windows will work best for your building though you will need to understand the energy performance ratings on windows. This way you’ll be able to make an intelligent decision on windows based on the design of your building and the climate in your area. Further, after you make your decision, hire a reliable contractor to install them properly. So all this stated, here is some helpful information for you dealing with the above matter:

  • South facing windows: South facing windows should have a solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of at least 0.6 to maximize solar heat in the winter when it is cold. Windows should also have a U-factor of 0.35 or less so it reduces conductive heat transferred out in the winter and in during the summer. A VT or high visible transmittance is needed for good visible light transference too.
  • East, west, and north facing windows: It’s harder to control heat and light transfer through east and west facing windows because of the sun’s rising and setting. So these windows should be shaded or have a low SHGC. North facing windows gain little solar heat so their main use is for lighting
  • Cooler climate strategies: Strategies which are effective here are using north facing windows and shaded south facing windows for reducing cooling loads. Windows with a low SHGS are especially effective here. You are trying to keep heat in in other words.

When your making your selection for windows based on energy efficiency, first consider the windows’ ratings in relation to what is your climate and the design of your building. Also you need to select windows that have both low U-factor ratings and SHGS to get the most energy savings in a climate with both hot and cold seasons.

However; the best advice is to talk to a specialist at a building supply company when you are buying your windows.

The Importance of Good and Efficient Site Lighting

Good lighting makes your multi-family unit considerably safer. Cars will be able to see pedestrians more easily which cuts down on accidents. Residents will feel more at ease walking in a well-lit area at night. Insufficient lighting makes the area seem dangerous. Good lighting will help attract and retain tenants. It can also cut down on crime in the units because criminals tend to avoid well-lit areas.

Carefully evaluate the lighting on your property from several angles. Are parts of the parking lot darker than others? Is there sufficient light in between buildings? What about the hallways inside and outside of the building? Investigate the laundry facilities and the hallways leading to them. You should also check the areas around the clubhouse and near trash receptacles. Tenants prefer good lighting in all of these areas. You should also check to see if the lights in any area tend to flicker.

A multi-family construction company can help you develop a lighting plan or upgrade your existing lighting. Multi-family construction companies are experienced with these types of projects and can give you helpful advice on how to get the most for your money.

commercialOne of the advantages of working with a multi-family construction company is that they typically have their own electrical staff. You won’t have to wait until they can coordinate an electrical team to work on your property. You can also work with the multi-family construction company on a wide range of other projects which will make managing the property significantly easier.

A multi-family construction company can help you find the most efficient lighting possible for your property. Your energy costs don’t have to go up when you install more lighting. A multi-family construction company may recommend replacing older lighting units to install new, energy-efficient lighting that will save you money over the long run. You’ll please your tenants and save on energy costs at the same time. In some cases, you may be able to deduct energy efficient lighting alterations on your tax forms. Your multi-family construction company can help you understand the tax advantages of revamping lighting.

The Importance of Strong, Well-made Railings and Stairs

Every property owner wants to prevent accidents. There are many areas of a property that you should evaluate when it comes to tenant safety. However, something as simple as a loose railing or broken stair can lead to a serious accident. To keep your property in the best shape possible, you should work with a commercial construction company on a regular basis.

railingEven if your property is well-built, problems can develop over the years. Railings get used regularly and can come loose due to heavy use. They can also get bumped by furniture during moves. If the railings are attached to concrete, the anchors will need to be replaced eventually. Rust can cause the railings stop weaken and snap. Residents can have a serious fall if they put their weight on compromised railings, especially if the railing comes loose. Bad railings can also violate building and safety codes.

Depending on the type of stairs your property has, the stairs can erode over time. They can crack and boards can come loose. Some types of stairs buckle which can cause accidents. Stairs are easily damaged by tenants when they move or drop things on stairs. Weather can also have a negative impact on the integrity of stairs that are exposed to the elements. A commercial construction company can evaluate your stairs for buckling and cracks that may lead to problems down the road.

A commercial construction company can help you determine whether your railings and stairs need repairs, upgrades or if they need to be replaced. A commercial construction company will do a thorough evaluation of all the railings and stairs in your apartment complex to identify weaknesses.

One of the advantages of developing a relationship with a company is that they can help you identify problems and create a long-term plan for maintaining your property over the long term. You will work with an experienced project manager who can help coordinate your projects and find the vendors and materials necessary to complete the work. Commercial construction companies typically have a staff of workers that can handle most projects quickly.

Emergency Repairs

storm-photoWhen you own a multi-family property, emergencies can come along at any time. Weather is a common cause of emergency problems. Hail, high winds and ice can damage roofs, siding, windows and stairs. Sidewalks walks can crack and gutters can fall. Fences can be damaged by a number of factors including car damage and storms. These sorts of repairs need to be fixed quickly because they can compromise the safety of residents.

Emergency repairs are not limited to external problems. Water leaks can occur in any part of a building. Hot water heaters can stop working. Plumbing backups can occur in single or multiple units. Weather problems can encroach on building interiors and cause water damage. A variety of electrical issues can affect tenants. These can range from minor power outages to major electrical system failures. Internal emergencies need to be remedied quickly because they directly affect your residents and their quality of life.

Some repairs need to be addressed quickly because they affect the appearance of your buildings. They can make your property appear shabby and neglected. This becomes problematic when you want to attract new tenants. They will notice the damage immediately. These are the reasons why it’s important to have a relationship with a reliable commercial construction company. A commercial construction company can help you solve problems quickly in many different circumstances.

Building a partnership with a commercial construction company can help you manage emergencies quickly and efficiently with minimal disruption for your tenants. How can you tell if you’re working with a good commercial construction company? They should avoid using high pressure techniques to get you to commit to projects. The company should also have strong reputation in the community that has developed over a long period of time.

A commercial construction company can help you with a variety of projects. Their assistance is invaluable when you are dealing with an emergency situation. The company will have experts on hand that are experienced with plumbing, welding, concrete, siding and roofing. They will also have specialized technicians that can handle electrical and plumbing problems immediately.  You’ll also find that a good company can help you manage a wide variety of projects in addition to emergency repairs.