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Window Replacement Trends for Rental Properties

Are you thinking about window replacement in your rental property?  And are you having trouble deciding the best replacements for your old windows?

With the dizzying array of window replacement options in the market, Remax Infinity Management says, landlords never know if they are making a right or wrong choice. Most property owners know that the cheapest windows may not offer the best protection. Yet they are not sure that buying the most expensive alternative guarantees the best results. Is there an easy way for property owners, to make sense of the excess of window options?

The Help You Need

Yes, there is. This guide will help you and property owners like you make the most informed decision in the choice of window replacement.  Your new windows will be highly energy-efficient and constructed according to the latest innovations in windows technology. They will match the most recent shift in consumer tastes and preferences. And they will agree with the latest trends in architecture and interior design.

By using this guide, you will be able to settle on a window style that meets all the most important parameters for modern windows

The best window replacement trends for your rental property

Replace your single-pane aluminum windows

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Single-pane aluminum windows are out and this is not just for aesthetic reasons. A major reason is this type of aluminum window is less efficient than more modern options. 

The problems with single-pane aluminum windows include:

  • Aluminum conducts heat and cold, and because it comes with single-pane glazing, this makes the windows more likely to transfer heat or leak energy.
  • Old aluminum windows consistently fail in energy-efficiency tests.
  • They are liable to create condensation and creates conditions that promote mold growth on and around the windows.

We recommend for single-pane aluminum windows to be upgraded to modern aluminum windows. Vinyl windows are also a good replacement for aluminum. But windows made with fiberglass or other composite material offer the most long-term value.

Opt for an eco-friendly design

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When these windows are made it is with the environment in mind. The production process is less harmful to the environment and the windows are energy-efficient. There are three factors to consider when measuring the eco-friendliness of windows.

Double-glazed or triple-glazed windows

These terms refer to the level of energy transfer between the window and the outside. Triple-glazed windows offer the most energy-efficiency. But they are more expensive and only needed in locations with extreme winters. 

Double-glazed windows are more efficient than single-glazed windows, more affordable than triple-glazed windows, and offer the best value for homes in areas with moderate climates.

Fiberglass framing

Did you know that fiberglass framing is the most sustainable window material in the market and also the most durable option? When it comes to fiberglass it will not warp and bend like other materials. It can be repainted as many times as necessary and fiberglass framing rarely needs replacement.

Low E glass windows

Low E-glass windows can keep harmful UV rays out of a home. They come with a layer of metallic alloys that block this part of the sun’s rays. It is important to keep in mind that window treatment, carpets, furniture, paintings, and furnishings near the windows are protected from UV rays also. Low E-glass windows also limit the amount of light that enters a room. This creates a more comfortable environment.

Vinyl (PVC) windows

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Vinyl windows are highly popular. This quality often makes them the preferred option for rental properties. The best thing about vinyl is the sheer number of styles and colors that are available. Vinyl will cater to almost any property’s peculiar styling needs. And in addition to versatility, vinyl windows are highly durable and almost maintenance-free.

Retrofit windows vs. replacement windows

When installing retrofit windows they’re go inside the frames of your existing windows and they cost around half the cost of replacement windows. Replacement windows have to be secured to the frame of the house with nailing flanges. Installing replacement windows involves removing and replacing window trim and siding. 

This is why the labor and material costs for replacement windows are higher. Replacement windows come in one unit and offer a tighter fit. How well retrofit windows fit depends on the quality of the installation. If retrofit windows are properly installed, they are just as efficient as replacement windows and they cost less.

Other options

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These options relate more to the style of windows rather than their function, operation, and installation.

Bold and dark colors

The trend toward sleek brightly-colored windows has been growing. These windows minimize the amount of frame and maximize the amount of glass. They offer a better view and let in more light. 

Their bright-colored frames make a bold statement. Windows with solid dark colors offer a classic look that will not clash with other design elements. Their dark hues contrast with the surrounding room and serve as accent colors.

Picture windows

Picture windows are non-opening and stationary. Their purpose is not to provide ventilation but maximize the amount of sunlight entering a room. They are suitable for rental units that struggle with low-light conditions. But they are not the cheapest option.

For more information about our cost-saving home windows, energy-efficient windows, impact windows, and variety of patio door and entry door options, contact Gulfside Windows and Doors today to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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