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Renovating an Apartment Building: Tips


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Renovating an Apartment Building: Tips

I had always wanted to be an entrepreneur, so when I saw a local apartment building up for sale at a great price, I decided make the investment. I am a manager by day, so I thought I was ready to be a great landlord. After I had trouble attracting new tenants, I decided to try investing in a few upgrades to see if I could attract more tenants with the added features. I hired a local contractor to work on my first project, which was a fitness room. I remembered that I always looked for buildings with them when I rented apartments! I then had some work done on the grounds and in the apartments themselves. The building is completely full now, so I realized it was a good investment. I decided to start a blog to share my renovating and construction tips with anyone who needs them!

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Shattering News: Uncommon Ways In Which Commercial Glass Is Damaged

Commercial entry door glass is very thick, and very heavy. Sometimes it is all one solid pane. Sometimes it is a couple of panes layered perfectly over each other to give the appearance of a single piece of glass. Whichever type you have in your commercial entry doors, contractors can install it. They can also repair it and replace it, but you would be surprised to learn how rare this is, given the thickness of the doors, and the difficulty in breaking them. The following reveals what it takes to break a thick glass door, and how the contractor fixes the problem. 

Smashing During a Looting

This is very hard to do. It is the biggest reason why looters go for the windows first and the doors second. The looter who tries to break through your door typically has to hit it numerous times with a baseball bat or a very sharp metal instrument, like an ax. By the third or fourth hit, someone would notice the looter trying to break in, and call the police if your alarm system has not already alerted local authorities.

However, if a looter does successfully smash through your commercial door, the repair technician will only have to replace the panes of glass that were affected. In regards to doors where three or more sheets of glass create a single pane effect, the sheets that are damaged are replaced. If your door frame divides the door into top and bottom panes, and there are three sheets of glass in each pane frame, the glass that was untouched and unharmed stays, while the repair technician replaces the damaged sheets/pane. If he/she managed to break through a single, super-thick sheet of glass, the entire glass sheet will have to be replaced. 

Bullet Holes

Shooting through an inch of glass is nothing. If you have just an inch of glass in your commercial door, bullets will go right through it and eventually crack the whole of the door until it shatters. If you have two- or three-inch thick glass in your commercial door, it is going to take a lot of firepower and ammunition to break the glass. It is more likely to end up with chips and small cracks, both of which the technician can smooth, fill, and seal so that it looks like nothing ever hit the door. If your business is located in a neighborhood where drive-by shootings occur, you should invest in the thickest glass possible so that the repairs are the least difficult and least costly. For more information on commercial glass door repair services, check with a professional in your area.