If you are considering installing wood or vinyl windows for your home, you might be wondering whether permits are required to get it done. The fact is that it depends on where you live and what the project encompasses. Read on as we explain the possible reasons why you might need a permit for your window replacement.
Adherence to Local Building Guidelines
Your area might likely require homeowners to secure a permit first before starting a window replacement or any other type of home improvement. It ensures that your new windows comply with the local building codes and egress requirements, which are especially important in case of an emergency.
Type of Window Installation
Whether or not permits are required is also determined by the method in which your replacement windows are installed. An insert window installation, for instance, involves fitting the new unit directly into the old window’s existing frame without making any changes to the surrounding wall. You need a permit if the window replacement calls for the alteration of the wall structure or the expansion of an existing opening. It is also required when converting a window opening into an entry door.
The Process of Obtaining a Permit
Technically, you are responsible for securing a permit for your window replacement. Fortunately, you no longer have to deal with it, especially if the contractor can do that for you. It only takes a small fee to get it done, which will be added to the total cost of your project. Choosing this option makes sense because the pros are in constant contact with the people in charge of processing and releasing the permits. With this, you can rest assured that everything will go according to plan smoothly.
Homecraft® Inc. is the leading contractor for your vinyl and wood window installation needs. Call (302) 798-0302 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Bear and Wilmington, DE.