As your most trusted contractor for replacing windows, we want to make sure that you’re well-informed on following procedures when you need to replace your windows. This includes whether you need to apply for a permit for replacing your windows. Here’s what you need to know.
Is a Window Replacement Permit Really Needed?
If you’re simply replacing the sashes or any movable parts of your windows, then there’s no need for a permit. But when you need to replace the entire window itself, or expand the whole opening, then you may need to apply for a permit. Simply put, any kind of window replacement that involves modifying the structure of the window opening to expand it requires a building permit from your local municipality.
When Is a Permit Needed for Replacing My Windows?
When you expand the opening of your windows, this requires cutting the studs on both sides of the window, which can weaken the wall structure. For instance, a permit is definitely needed if you’re planning to do this to your window openings to allow a bay window installation or when you’re changing your window into a door. You may also need a permit if you plan to replace your windows to meet the egress or fire code requirements.
What Happens If I Don’t Get a Permit?
It’s easy to just have your new windows installed by any other window company without having to apply for a permit. But only professional window installers take this seriously and will stay away from having to work without a permit. This is because their company’s reputation is at stake, and if something goes wrong, the company name will be the first to take the blame. Not getting a permit will also cause complications later on when you sell your home. If the information on paper doesn’t match the actual structure of your home, it can cause problems between you and the new homeowner.
When it comes to excellent quality window installation, hire the only window and door company you can trust. Call Renewal by Andersen® at (602) 772-5059 for a free estimate on your project, or conveniently reach us through our online contact form. We serve Phoenix, Tempe and nearby AZ areas.