Windows are one of those features landlords feel reluctant to replace in a rental property. That is partly because of the cost. Most landlords will retain their windows if they still look good. But a few will delay replacing windows even when they are no longer doing a decent job of helping to regulate the home’s internal climate.
The other reason landlords hate window replacement is that replacing the windows in a rental doesn’t have the same effect as renovating the flooring or updating the kitchen. A landlord can easily justify rent increases when they do these other types of remodeling. But they will struggle to convince tenants to pay a higher rent if they install new windows in the rental.
That is why Valleywide Glass says that when thinking of installing new windows in your rental property; you want to be sure the time is appropriate and that you are choosing the right products. Since windows are big-ticket items, you don’t want to spend money that could be better invested elsewhere on upgrades that may not pay you back immediately.
This article explains some of the things you need to keep in mind when replacing the windows in your rental property.
How to know when it is time to replace your windows
If your windows have the following problems, they may be due for replacement:
1. Condensation between the window panes
If you see condensation on a window and try to wipe it off, but it doesn’t disappear, there is a problem with your windows. This condensation can lead to mold inside the home, plus other issues.
2. Moisture on the inside of the window
You may also find that water is penetrating the window. That is most evident after strong winds or heavy rains. If the barrier seals on the window are compromised, water will penetrate your windows.
3. Damaged window panes
If the glass on the window is cracked or broken, it will impair the energy efficiency of your windows. Damaged windows also diminish the appeal of your property and reduce visibility.
4. The window is drafty
If you can feel air seeping into your home at those points where the window frame meets the house, it is time to replace the windows. Leaky windows can cause your rental’s energy bills to spike through the roof.
5. Difficulty operating the window
If you have problems opening or closing the window, you may solve it by lubricating the window and cleaning the window tracks. If this fails, you will need to replace the windows.
What to think of when buying replacement windows
The vital things to consider before you spend money on new windows are the climate in your location and the quality of the windows. Here is a breakdown of these factors.
1. Window efficiency
You can get an idea of the quality of a window through the U-factor and R-factor ratings. U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer through the glass. R-factor gauges how well the insulation prevents heat loss. Windows with higher U-factor and R-factor are more efficient. They look better and last longer.
2. Window materials
The window’s performance also depends on the window material. Vinyl windows are affordable, but they lack aesthetic appeal (usually white). Wood is more expensive but has higher maintenance costs. Fiberglass is moderate price and also customizable. Most landlords use vinyl windows because they are easy to maintain and cost-effective.
3. Your region’s climate
Certain types of windows and window materials are best for some locations. If your area is subject to the following, you need windows that can withstand those weather conditions:
- Extremely-high temperatures: In areas with high heat, you want windows that will keep the home cool by acting as an efficient barrier against the heat outside. You will pay for that error with high energy bills if you buy low-quality windows.
- Violent storms: Treat the window chemically with tempered glass and superior insulation if you are in an area that experiences violent storms. Hurricane impact windows will save you and your tenants from anxiety during hurricane season.
- Blistering-cold winters: Extremely-low temperatures can cause your windows to rot or crack. For homes in territories with harsh winter, the R-factor of a window is critical; you need windows with the lowest conductivity.
- Coastal conditions: Rental properties in coastal areas endure a combination of high winds, saltwater, and high humidity. Windows with tempered glass, superior seal technology, high insulation, and low conductivity are necessary for such areas.
4. Earth movement
Slight movements in the soil beneath the home can affect the performance windows. These movements weaken the joints and seals of windows and make them more prone to condensation and leaks. Tempered glass is mandatory for your windows if your rental is in an earthquake-prone area. The material of the window is also important.