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.”