When's the Best Time to Replace your Condominium Windows?
In most homes it's recommended that you change your windows after 15 years of use. Does the same apply to Mississauga condos? Well, it all depends on the window units you have had installed and how cost-effective they are.
Cost savings versus new windows
Keep in mind that the goal you want to achieve is a set of windows that provides a satisfactory level of performance. In order to get your windows up to par they may need to be replaced or simply repaired.
The first thing you should do is get an estimate for repairs if applicable and one for installing brand-new windows. If the repairs are going to bring your windows up to a level of high-performance, then this is an option that should be seriously considered if the price is a lot lower than replacing them.
Replacements, however, can often lower your utility bill costs significantly. As a Mississauga condominium owner, you know how brutally cold the winters can get and how steaming hot the summer months can be. When your air-conditioner and furnace are running constantly to try to keep up with the airflow that's streaming in through your windows, you'll want to take a look at the savings involved in replacing your windows entirely.
You'll want to grab a calculator and crunch the numbers to figure out both the short-term savings by repairing your windows versus replacing them and the long term effects of replacing your windows with newer thermopane units.
In many cases the condominium corporation will replace all of the window units in the building when the time comes. In order to find out the estimated time projection for your windows to be replaced by the corporation, ask to see a copy of the reserve fund study. This should show you an evaluation of your window units to determine approximately when they'll need to be replaced.