Through the Looking Glass Window Replacement & Repair Projects

 Doing a major window replacement or repair project in a building or association  that’s home to dozens, or even hundreds of people isn’t easy. There are any number of scheduling and access considerations, and time  is obviously of the essence, as it’s impractical and unsafe to leave a gaping hole in someone’s wall for any length of time.  

 While most windows last for years, every building must, sooner or later, address  a window replacement project. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about windows before it's your building's  turn.  

 A Universal Element

 Unlike green roofs or high-tech security systems, windows are something every  operating residential building in New Jersey already has. Human nature and most  HOA budgets being what they are however, if the panes aren't literally falling  out of the frames, the tendency is usually to leave well enough alone. Why do  we need new windows now, goes the question—can't it wait till next year?  

 Maybe not, if you're noticing certain red flags, according to Larry Landes,  president of window manufacturer Renewal By Andersen’s Central & Northern New Jersey location. “It's not really something where people get up and say 'Gee, it would be a good  day to replace my windows’,” he says. “When people are feeling drafts, if the windows don't operate properly, if  they're painted shut or can't be opened, of if they're old, single-paned  windows with no protection from UV light and peoples' furniture is getting  faded and discolored as a result, it's probably time to think about new  windows. Sometimes people just replace them for energy [efficiency.]”  

 And there are plenty of factors that contribute to the deterioration of windows,  Landes continues. “Being in New Jersey, especially close to the shore, you have weather. There's  salt air along the Jersey Shore, which plays havoc on wood windows. If there  are several coats of paint over old windows, they won't operate. Wood may rot  on the outside. If it's aluminum, the aluminum may corrode. Cheap vinyl windows  may be installed by original builders, and it doesn't have a very long shelf  life, so we replace vinyl windows that are three or four years old because they  don't hold up with heavy duty usage. Those are just some of the reasons.”  

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