The mid-grade is usually your best value.
If you get the cheapest ones, they will fall apart.
The most expensive ones just give slightly better insulation
but at a lot more cost.
If you do NOT include heat with the rent, there is at least a chance the
tenants won't break them.
In college, me and my buddies used to paint houses and repair windows
and half my jobs were for low income housing. The people who lived there
did not want broken windows.
On one job, one of my colleagues slightly cracked a new window he just
put in. The tenant made him replace it again before we left the job.
If I was the tenant I'd make the installer replace it also. Who do you
think the landlord is going to blame once the installer leaves? At a
minimum I wouldn't put my security deposit at risk by letting the installer
leave without documenting that he broke the window and that a replacement
was on order.
On Sat, 8 Feb 2014 16:09:38 +0000 (UTC), DerbyDad03
Not only that, the tenant is the landlord's eyes. He's there more than
the landlord is, and if he sees that the contractor the ll hired is
doing a bad job, he should either get him to do a good job or notify the
ll. Whether there's a legal duty or not.
Robust in what regard? Rough usage by the occupants or security to prevent
Very few windows, by themselves, are going to prevent break-ins. If that's
what you mean by "robust" then consider window bars, either interior so the
tenants can operate them...
If you want something that will hold up to any type of rough usage from the
tenants then you are probably going to spend more than you like. You will
be looking for metal pins instead of plastic for the sliders and other
I suggest you look around your area for a place that services contractors,
such as Norandex/Reynolds, and give them your requirements.
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