Window replacement is a costly affair, both in money and time. As they are an integral part of your home, improving or replacing your windows after a while is key to having an improved home experience. But the process isn’t as simple as tearing everything off and sticking in new parts in the window frame, some regulations need to be followed, and acquiring a permit is one of them. But most homeowners aren’t sure why you need a permit for a seemingly simple window replacement. Are permits really needed during window replacement?
Why Get A Permit?
First of all, knowing the purpose of why you’re going to expand or replace your window is essential. Window replacement permits from your area’s governing body are needed when the existing opening of your window is expanded or if the replacement process will alter the structure of the wall where the window is attached to.
Most of the time, a building permit is needed when you’re planning to have your current window opening expand sideways. This is due to the reason that widening the opening sideways will require cutting into the studs on either side of the window, which can alter and possibly weaken the structural integrity of the wall. Even the smallest horizontal widening of the opening requires a permit because it poses a risk to the occupants of the house.
Who Processes the Permit?
Technically, processing and obtaining the permit is the duty of the homeowner. But most of the time, homeowners don’t have a background regarding this process, let alone have an idea on how to begin filling the forms out. So, they mostly request that the contractors handle the permit processing, which most contractors find an unnecessary hassle, resulting in them trying to mislead homeowners that their windows don’t meet the criteria of requiring a window replacement permit. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility and in your best interest to avail of the services of a reputable window and siding contractor that will guide you through the process.
What Happens if You Continue Without a Permit?
Most of the time, both homeowners and contractors disregard the permit process in favor of getting quick results and a quick buck, respectively. But in doing so, they could potentially endanger their families and their property as well. Smart homeowners think of safety and legal abidance, and true, professional contractors avoid doing jobs without the proper paperwork as it is their credibility and brand name that is on the line.
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