As you consider your options to install new windows, you may have many questions. At Progressive Insulation & Windows we are always ready to answer those for you. In the meantime, get the facts about whether a building permit is required to replace the windows in your home.
A Building Permit Might Be Needed
Some window replacement projects require building permits while others do not. What’s the difference? If you are replacing your current windows with the same types of windows, or are only swapping out some parts, such as the sash, then you likely do not need a permit. On the other hand, if you are making a major change, such as going from double-hung windows to casement windows, then you will likely need a building permit.
Building Permits Offer Protection
You may not want to get a building permit but remember that they are actually to your benefit. Having a permit means that your local building department is keeping an eye on your job. This is required not to be an annoyance but to protect you. Why? Because building codes are there for a reason – to keep people safe.
For example, building codes require that almost all windows are tempered glass. What does that mean? It means that when the window is broken, it will shatter instead of breaking into large shards that have the capacity to cause serious bodily harm.
Additionally, building permits help to ensure that your installed windows meet all requirements for height and width. These particular rules are in place to ensure that if an emergency occurs, such as a fire, that the windows are large enough to allow you to escape and for emergency personnel to get to you if necessary.
You May Need to Work through a Planning Review
Depending on the specific city in which you are looking to get a building permit, you may be required to complete a planning review of your windows. This is just to ensure that the style you are choosing is in keeping with the appeal of your home and that it will not cause issues by clashing with other homes in the neighborhood. For example, if you are part of a local homeowners association, they may require approval for any new windows.
We Can Provide the Answers You Need to What is Required of You
Do you have questions about the best way to get new windows installed? Do you need help from local professionals? Are you ready for a free estimate? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions then we strongly encourage you to contact Progressive Insulation & Windows at (800) 500-6200 sooner rather than later.