Are you considering replacing the windows in your Los Angeles, San Diego, or Southern California apartment complex, multi-family unit, condominium complex, office building or for a new commercial construction project? Perhaps you need new or replacement windows. Here are 6 steps to follow for best window replacement results for your commercial or multi-family project. (You can also contact us at 760-806-6830. We will be happy to help you construct a cost effective window replacement project for your commercial or property management buildings.)
1. Do Your Research.
After you decide it’s time to embark on a full-fledged window replacement project for your building or HOA, you should first do some research, then make sure you evaluate what it is you’re trying to accomplish by getting new windows:
- Is it primarily improved aesthetic value?
- Energy efficient, cost savings features?
- Renovate and replace old windows?
The reason for replacing windows mainly concerns energy savings, but other factors including operation and curb appeal are just as important.
2. Check to see if grants are available.
If replacing windows is part of a home or business rehabilitation project, there are grants that are available to help with the costs. Grants are given to applicants who meet the requirements set by the grantor. Unlike commercial loans, grants never have to be repaid, as long as the recipients stick to the terms of the agreement. California state and local governments, businesses and residents may be eligible for different types of grants that help with window replacement and other renovations.
3. Talk to Experts.
Your building code requirements, to comply with construction and safety codes, require expert advice from contractors and/or engineers that will specify windows for your building application, and streamline the process. In addition to structural requirements, size, style and color need to be agreed upon. Once this is established, a cost estimate can be determined and discussed.
4. Timing of Window Replacement
A window replacement project can be quite an investment-but it may cost you more money and risk to wait until “there’s room in the budget”. Waiting to replace windows could cost you and your tenants, HOA and renters thousands of dollars in increased energy bills and security risks. With some planning and plenty of good communication between board, management, and residents, your window replacement project can be a “Win/Win” project for all involved.
5. Evaluate the Quality of the Windows
- The “U-factor.” This number tells you whether the window you are looking at is suitable for either residential or commercial use. A U-factor rating of “AA,” is suitable for residential use; while a “BB,” or “commercial,” window is more appropriate for a commercial setting.
- The “U-value.” The U-value measures the amount of heat that transfers through the glass window. The lower the U-value, the lower your corresponding heating costs will be. When comparing two windows of the same size, choose the one with the lower U-value, if you are concerned about heating and cooling costs.
- Check the “Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC).The SHGC is the amount of solar heat that passes through the window-it is valued as a number between 0 and 1. Like the U-value, the lower this number, the less solar heat is allowed to pass through the glass. A lower SHGC means lower energy costs.
- The “VT” rating. This number (referring to “Visible Transmittance”), between 0 and 1, measures the amount of visible light that passes through the window. The higher the number, the more visible light is allowed to pass through, leading to faster fading of furniture and draperies.
- The Energy Star logo and rating. The Energy Star program, begun in 1992 by the EPA, indicates whether your selected window meets EPA energy efficiency standards.
6. Evaluate the Quality Of The Window Company/Contractor (see video)
- Check their license with the state of California.
- Ask for references. (as noted in this commercial window video)
- Check their Better Business Bureau rating.
- Ask for warranties, and window replacement issues.
- Have measurements, specifications, applications explained.
With accurate measurements, a quality window product, quality reputation and quality installation, you will ensure a good window replacement project for your multi-family unit, apartment complex, commercial building or any property management project under your supervision.
Whether you are a Property Management company, a Home Owners Association or an Owner, please call us at 760-806-6830, and let our professional team help you with the many window choices and features available for your project