Upgrading a condo isn’t simply about investing in your own home. With condo living, you’ve got the whole neighborhood to consider!
Condo living has many benefits—beauty, simplicity, less maintenance, and great neighbors, to name a few. But when it comes to changing the outer look of your condo, you probably have to follow the rules. Condo upgrades are often subject to CC&R (Covenants, Conditions, and Restrictions) and other association guidelines to help maintain the uniform curb appeal of all the condos in the association.
While you may worry this will stifle your individuality and creativity, never fear! There are plenty of updates you can make to your individual unit without rocking the boat at your next association meeting.
The Top Two Condo Upgrades You Can Make Today
Hands down, two of the best condo upgrades for unit owners are windows and doors. These updates are simple, affordable, and best of all, often don’t require buy-in from your condo board or association!
Before you decide on an upgrade, it’s important to realize updates to an individual unit, such as windows and doors are often the responsibility and at the discretion of the condo owner. Exterior updates — large-scale projects like roof replacement and exterior finishes–on the other hand, typically affect the entire condo association and require more extensive HOA (Home Owner’s Association) approval.
Check your CC&Rs for guidelines and rules about all updates to your unit, of course. If you’re unsure, you may still need to appeal to your HOA for approval. Getting your neighbors to see the benefits of the improvements is often key to securing consent.
Once you’re ready to move forward, here’s why windows and doors are the best bang for your condo upgrade buck.
Best Condo Upgrade #1 — Windows
Updating windows is one of the most needed — yet often overlooked — upgrades that offers a big impact to any home, including a condo. Yes, there’s an upfront cost, but the benefits of the investment begin to pay off immediately.
Condo window replacement is a great way to save money. The moment new windows are installed, homeowners start to enjoy savings on energy bills. Modern windows improve ventilation, greatly increase indoor temperature control, and feature updated hardware for better security. Newer models also fold down easily to make cleaning a breeze!
Updated condo windows improve the curb appeal of the unit, and the new windows look great. They expand and enhance outdoor views. Most windows offer a wide variety of customizable open positions that help control and improve airflow. Open or close your windows to accommodate outdoor temperatures without blocking your line of sight.
Bow and bay windows offer beautiful panoramic views while creating the illusion of a larger room. Garden windows (named after their greenhouse-like qualities) offer plenty of light and create excellent conditions for indoor plants.
The benefits provided by new condo windows improve property values. Updated windows are always an attractive selling point to potential buyers, making condo window replacements one of the best condo upgrades you can invest in. New windows improve the safety, security and beauty of your condo. You’ll lower your energy bill, enhance your view, and see the world in a whole new light!
The Weather Tight Window Guarantee
Weather Tight has some of the most knowledgeable experts in the industry who will help you choose or design the perfect windows. We work hard to guarantee 100 percent satisfaction. Weather Tight commonly serves condo, apartment, and multi-family properties, and has more than 25,000 satisfied customers and an A+ BBB rating. We love working closely with our customers to find the best windows for their home.
Best Condo Upgrade #2 — Doors
Door replacement is a relatively painless condominium upgrade that can offer a facelift to the whole unit. Whether you decide on a French door, upgrading your sliding patio door, or adding a transom and sidelights, a door update is a great improvement. Best of all, doors are installed quickly with very little disruption. Updated doors offer significant benefits.
Condo door replacement saves you money almost immediately. Old doors often suffer from many problems, including poor energy efficiency. Doors that don’t fit properly are terrible for indoor temperature regulation, ballooning energy costs while making the indoor environment less comfortable.
Better yet, new doors look great! Let in the light with a beautiful transom and sidelights; put a modern twist on your sliding doors with brand new French doors. Imagine stepping out on your porch or balcony through a gorgeous, easy-to-open, secure patio door. No matter what door you choose, you’ll be happy you made the investment.
One of the most heavily used, and highly visible parts of your condo, doors see a lot of abuse. Entry doors are exposed to the elements and must be well-insulated. They must also be moisture-resistant to maintain energy efficiency while withstanding damage from weather. When exposed to moss and rot, a door becomes unsightly with swelling and delaminating which, if left untreated, severely damages the door. This damage not only compromises aesthetics but it causes air leaks and even security concerns.
The other issue with condo doors is that old doors often sport outdated designs, which instantly make a condo community look old-fashioned and behind on modern trends. New doors instantly improve aesthetic value, offer enhanced security, better energy efficiency, and help to increase in-home comfort with improved temperature control.
A new entry or patio door is a great investment for your condo!
Easy Condo Door Upgrades from Weather Tight
The best part of working with our pros is the Weather Tight experience. We measure everything during the initial consultation, make recommendations, and walk you through the design process from start-to-finish. We work closely with condo owners, managers, and investors to update the appearance while adhering to association guidelines. We have doors in a wide variety of colors, styles, and functions available for entry, storm, and patio doors. We can meet the guidelines set forth by your HOA for a door that will look fantastic.
Get the Weather Tight Advantage from The Leaders in Condo Services
We know there’s a lot to think about out there when you’re considering condo updates, repairs, and maintenance. Once you decide on an improvement, working with your HOA to agree upon and approve condo upgrades is often a delicate task.
Fortunately, at Weather Tight, we’re experienced in working with individual unit owners as well as HOAs. We will help you select the best condo upgrades to keep everyone in the association happy and satisfied. We’ll work with you to ensure your updates fit within the CC&Rs, and we’re happy to work with condominium boards and HOAs as well.
At Weather Tight, we focus on recommending the best condo upgrades for your particular situation. Weather Tight has been helping homeowners and condo associations for over thirty years. We stand behind our work on any condo upgrade you choose.
Give us a call or chat here with one of our reps for a free estimate today! If you’re ready to improve the look of your home with some great condo upgrades, we’ve got you covered!