Foggy glass, rotting wood, shrinking caulk, or leaking windows are all signs that your windows likely need replacing. When you own a condo and belong to a Homeowner Association (HOA) what options do you have for replacing the windows in your unit? Do you need pre-approvals from your HOA?
Most HOA CC&Rs (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions) assign windows as the homeowner’s responsibility, the exception is when leaking windows become a structural concern, then the association typically assumes the project of replacing the windows in the entire building.
In most instances homeowners can replace their failing windows by simply following their HOA’s replacement guidelines and working with a window company that offers approved replacement windows and quality installation. Improvements made to multi-family dwellings or developments most importantly must be done in conformity with the existing windows or doors anything else would disrupt the integrity of the residential complex.
Who Are You Going to Call?
The important question is who do you turn to? A window replacement project for a multi-family dwelling, like a condo requires a knowledgeable supplier and installer.
Recognizing this growing need for condominium window replacement throughout Chicagoland, more than 10 years ago, Woodland invested in commercial installation equipment, built installer expertise, and created a process as the cornerstone of all successful condo replacement projects.
It’s important for the homeowner to follow the HOA’s guidelines and a qualified window supplier can guide you through the process. Pay attention to the key elements below.
- It’s the homeowner responsibility to do their due-diligence and check with their association and obtain approvals before signing a contract for new windows.
- If needed, put the window installer in touch with the HOA board members to confirm that the replacement windows are in compliance with their specifications.
- Once the specifications are identified there are usually a wide variety of window styles and color options to match the existing windows, which offer more durability and efficiency than the existing older windows. Watch for products specials for multiple window replacements.
- Choose an installer with experience installing condominium replacement windows. You want a company equipped to handle the oftentimes unique access challenges posed by multi-unit dwellings in order to minimize the disruption to your neighbors and get in and out of your project quickly and competently.
Entire Building Window Replacement
Many HOAs of aging condominium and townhomes in the Chicago area and suburbs are reviewing the condition of their infrastructure and may determine that in order to improve building energy efficiency, address water problems or modernize the façade, they will often initiate a building wide window and door replacement project. In those instances, the association will take responsibility for managing the project, while homeowners still pay for their individual unit improvements.
Whether you will be replacing the windows for only your condo or you belong to an association with a major window replacement project, with the right window partner. the process will be smooth.
Watch the Process
Take a look at the videos (parts 1 & 2), produced by Marvin, Woodland’s window partner, to see the process involved. The process was exceedingly smooth because the installation coordinator forecasted the work out for the duration of the project, which allowed Woodland to minimize the disruption to residents because installation crews didn’t begin work on the next unit until they’d completed the previous unit on the schedule.
It takes more than a licensed window contractor to perform condo window replacement projects, it takes a proven qualified company.