There is nothing more uncomfortable during a harsh Mid-Atlantic winter than having windows that are inoperable or that are so cracked, damaged and poorly sealed that the cold air just streams in unabated.
Drafty windows mean energy wasted and money burned–so how does an individual homeowner or homeowners association (HOA) board determine whether their windows need to be completely replaced or just refurbished?
Some of the telltale signs that it may be time to install new windows, according to Window City of Clifton, include constant thermostat control adjustments to account for the indoor temperature; peeling, cracking or visibly damaged window frames that require extra painting each year; appearance of condensation or water damage around the window frames; or inoperable hardware or sashes.
Who's In Charge
A window repair or replacement project is certainly a huge undertaking but the question of where the jurisdiction lies to pay for that capital improvement is a tricky one, according to Rick Christenson, a vice president with Frost Christenson & Associates, an engineering consulting firm located in Bound Brook.
In a typical condominium association, the unit owner usually is responsible for the space contained within the exterior walls of the structure and they also share an interest in maintaining various common elements as well. Common property maintained by an HOA usually are things such as pools, greenways and private roads and in the case of condominiums, usually building structure, walls, roofs, plumbing, wiring and other aspects of the building. Property owners typically pay monthly assessments that enable the HOA to operate the association and maintain the common property.