Many homeowners are not sure whether they need a permit for the installation of their replacement patio doors or windows. The first question you have to ask yourself if you’re one of them is if you’re expanding your existing windows.
When Do You Need a Permit?
A building permit is required for window replacements where the existing opening is expanding or the wall structure is modified. Most homeowners expand a window opening for a bigger window or to comply with fire code or egress requirements.
Expanding a window sideways also requires a building permit. It’s because extending the opening sideways often requires cutting the studs on the sides of the window, which can compromise the stability of the wall structure. Even the slightest horizontal expansions would require a permit. For instance, if you want to turn your old windows into sliding French doors, a permit will be necessary.
Who Should Handle the Permits?
While getting the permit is the responsibility of the homeowner, it can be challenging for them to know what to put in the application. This is why many window companies help with the process. However, be wary of contractors who don’t want to go through the paperwork. Unreliable contractors could tell you that a permit isn’t necessary because the expansion isn’t that big.
Without a permit, you’re risking the safety of your home. Make sure to ask your potential contractors whether a permit is needed or not for your project before hiring one. Don’t forget to ask who will take responsibility for the paperwork process.
At Renewal by Andersen® of Arkansas, we’ll handle the entire window replacement process for you, including obtaining the necessary building permit. Our installers are well-equipped for all structural challenges to minimize disruption and mess. Whether you’re looking for a new fiberglass entry door or energy-efficient windows, you can count on us. Call us at (479) 250-3588, or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation. We cater to homeowners in Fayetteville, AR.