Owning a rental property is one of the best sources of passive income. However, landlords can only enjoy this benefit if they conduct regular maintenance. Some components of the rental property that require continuous maintenance or replacement over time include the HVAC system, electric system, roofs, plumbing, windows, etc. Among all these, replacing the glass seems to be the most popular maintenance need. 

However, the replacement is not as simple as it appears. You will need to consult an experienced glazing contractor with the necessary training and skills to guide you. Your goal is to get the best glass for your rental property at a fair price.

Why should you replace glass in your rental property?

There are many reasons landlords replace glasses. Some of them include:

  • Broken glass
  • Outdated windows
  • Boost the property’s value
  • Improve energy efficiency
  • Replace broken seals
  • Moisture between panes
  • Attract more renters

Having faulty glass will cause heat or cold to escape from the home. As a result, tenants will spend more money on energy bills and experience discomfort. Renters can vacate the property if they spend so much on energy bills.

Popular glass replacements for rental properties

The type of glass you choose will depend on your neighborhood and aims. Some options you may consider:

Single-pane Glass

Single pane windows have a single layer of thick glass. They can come in different patterns or styles. Single pane windows were frequent in homes before 1990, and they tend to be cheap. However, they are not energy efficient or soundproof. If you install them, your tenants may spend more on energy bills because of the poor insulation properties. On the other hand, you may consider them if the location has mild temperature and is not noisy.

Double-pane Glass

Double-pane or dual-pane windows have two panes of glasses separated by a space filled with air. Although they cost more than single-pane windows, they offer more benefits. If you need more insulation and lesser energy bills for your rental property, go for dual-pane windows. That is because your renters will not use the HVAC system often. In addition, dual-pane windows are soundproof. It would be best to install them on rental properties located in cities or high-traffic areas.


Triple-pane Glass 

Triple-pane windows have three panes of glasses separated by air or gas in between them. They offer more sound barrier and energy efficiency than double pane windows.

Window Tint 

There are numerous benefits of using window tints. They provide privacy for your tenants and reduce exposure to UV rays. That means your tenant will have more comfort, and your interior will suffer lesser damage from UV rays. Tints reduce glare from the sun.

As a result, the interior temperature will remain cold, and your tenants will reduce the duration they use the air conditioner. If you intend to boost your rental’s value or increase the rent, installing tint glasses will help you achieve it. Some tints you may consider are low-E coating, bronze, gray, on privacy glass.

How long does it take to replace the glass? 

The duration will depend on various factors, such as the type and size of the glass. Single-pane glass windows do not take much time. As such, you can complete the project in a day. However, a dual-pane glass window may require about 3 to 4 weeks, depending on the size. Your contractor will have to measure the size before placing an order. If you need custom features or larger size, expect it to take more time.

How much should you budget for the project?

It is essential to have a budget before you commence the project. Your budget will vary depending on the type and size of the glass. Single-pane windows are less expensive, and their cost varies depending on the style and size. You can budget a few hundreds of dollars or more. If you want dual-pane windows, you will have to increase your budget.

Also, it is essential to know that the price varies between standard tempered glass to low-E glass. Low-E glass can cost over a thousand dollars, depending on the size. It would be best to consider the details of what you want while making the budget.

Who pays for the damaged glass?

The responsibility of replacing the glass depends on the cause. If the damage was due to the tenant’s negligence or fault, it is the tenant’s responsibility to replace it. However, the landlord must replace faulty windows that result from normal wear and tear. It is the landlord’s duty to keep the rental property safe and habitable.

The bottom line

The best type of glass to replace on your rental property depends on your goals and budget. You can get maximum efficiency and performance at a fair price, depending on your approach to the project. Always ensure that your windows meet the minimum Energy Star requirements.