Doors and windows create the tenants' and condo buyers' all-important first impression of your property. So you want to choose products that create visual interest and provide security and functionality. Attractive doors and windows can make a building unique, allowing property managers to command higher rents and creating a sense of pride among community residents. Baby boomers, high-income retirees, and upscale singles alike want easy-to-maintain, wide-open window spaces and entryways that provide fine architectural details. Lower-income tenants also value natural light as well as energy efficiency and security.

Making these improvements does not need to cost a fortune. Today's window and door designs blend fine form with first-rate functionality. New materials and technologies make windows and doors—from the most intricately designed to the most basic—energy-efficient, appealing, and cost-effective.

THE BIG PICTURE: Create an open feeling—and showcase the view—without adding a balcony or installing traditional picture windows with the SL50, thermally broken aluminum-framed folding system. This weather-tight folding window system is a functional and attractive option. The product allows access to the outside for cleaning or ventilation without interrupting the envelope design or adversely affecting structural performance. Perfect for high-rises, the system creates a dramatic visual effect and maximizes natural light.
THE BIG PICTURE: Create an open feeling—and showcase the view—without adding a balcony or installing traditional picture windows with the SL50, thermally broken aluminum-framed folding system. This weather-tight folding window system is a functional and attractive option. The product allows access to the outside for cleaning or ventilation without interrupting the envelope design or adversely affecting structural performance. Perfect for high-rises, the system creates a dramatic visual effect and maximizes natural light.

The hottest trend in this area is large, easy-to-clean window expanses. Many developers are choosing these over little-used balconies. “Instead of balconies, some developers want larger openings to allow in more light and view opportunities,” says Ebrahim Nana, president of Nana Wall Systems. “They want a large opening glass wall that is part of the building shell.”

Integrating architectural details into door design is another trend. Leveraging the popularity of French doors, many manufacturers are now designing interior doors with a French country theme to unite the elements and create a more cohesive feel.

Doors and windows continue to be the first choice in property upgrades. Even economical products can create an improved look and feel, offering big bang for your buck. And technological developments enable many manufacturers to fill custom orders more quickly and cost-effectively than ever. So why not open the door to improved property appeal?

For more information, call Nana Wall Systems at 800-873-5673 ext. 209 or visit www.nanawallsystems.com.