Commercial building window replacement on an older building can improve aesthetics and impact how “green” the building is. Whether you are replacing the windows or retrofitting them, upgrading your windows can have huge benefits.
Commercial Building Window Replacement Basics
Single pane windows that have no additional insulating properties are a significant source of energy loss for your commercial building. Installing modern windows can considerably improve your building’s overall energy efficiency. Brand new windows make your building more attractive to tenants because they reduce energy costs and increase comfort.
There is another option to consider instead of removing and replacing your old windows. A window retrofit system developed by Inovues is much cheaper and less intrusive than a full commercial window replacement job. Both options offer similar energy saving benefits. The Inovues Glazing Shield System has the advantage of being significantly less expensive.
Cost Savings by Replacing Old Commercial Windows
Upgrading from old, single pane windows reduces energy costs by 10-40 percent depending on climate, heating, and cooling systems, and how many windows your building has. Reducing energy costs means a reduction in operating costs which improves overall asset value. Upgrading to a window system that is more energy efficient is also a “green” improvement. Green buildings are generally more valuable than non-green buildings.
If your commercial building falls within the average energy costs of about $2-$2.5 per square foot per year, then a 100,000 square foot building can see a saving of up to $100,000. A ten percent reduction, the least amount building owners and managers would see, would mean a $20,000 reduction in operating costs. Replacing or retrofitting your old commercial windows will improve its asset value and increase its potential sale price.
Other Benefits of Commercial Building Window Replacement
Occupancy rates can potentially improve after replacing your commercial building’s windows. One hard to quantify metric is how much tenants appreciate eco friendly buildings. Survey data does show that green buildings are more favorable to renters. More importantly, fixing the issues associated with old commercial windows makes office buildings, apartment buildings, hotels, etc. more comfortable. More natural light, more stable temperatures, and less humidity all contribute to more comfortable tenants. Window replacement and retrofit services also increase the soundproofing ability of commercial building windows. Reductions in soundproofing makes your building more likely to attract and retain tenants.
Why You Should Do Something About Your Building’s Old Windows
Three main problems with old windows include damage, poor energy efficiency, and condensation. If your windows are showing signs of damage, including dried out seals or damaged caulking, leaks will continue to worsen. All older windows, but especially single pane windows, are the main source of energy loss on commercial properties. Humidity and condensation can make working near your commercial building’s windows uncomfortable or even unsafe.
Window technology has obviously advanced over the years. Modern window systems are more energy efficient and safer. They offer features like auto dimming. They can help with moisture problems and block out damaging UV rays. If your commercial building’s windows are starting to show their age, now is the time to consider replacement or retrofitting.
Complete Building Restoration
We can restore the existing window system and install the Inovues retrofit system. After our restoration services your building will look better than it has in decades and be much more energy efficient. This system has all the benefits of removing your old windows and installing new windows with the added benefits of being more cost-effective and less intrusive. Combining our services with installing new Energy Star rated heating and cooling systems will maximize your cost savings and can help you qualify for a tax break.
The Presto Restoration Difference
Together with our restoration and waterproofing services, our complete commercial building expertise produces the best results for all building owners and managers. We are experts at keeping your commercial building looking great and performing great for decades to come.
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