Do You Need a Permit to Replace Your Old Windows?

One of the many questions homeowners ask the pros when planning a window replacement is whether a permit is required. The answer to this question, however, depends on where you live and the extent of your project. Renewal by Andersen® of Atlanta, your trusted windows contractor in the area, explains the reason why a permit might be necessary. 

Do You Need a Permit to Replace Your Old Windows?

When a Permit Is Required

A window replacement permit is not required if you are only replacing the movable parts of an existing window unit. A complete window replacement, however, is a different thing altogether. Not only does it involve the removal of the sashes but also the removal of the frames. The opening may also have to undergo alterations such as an expansion, which is a structural modification that should be in compliance with your local government’s building codes.

Reasons You Need a Window Replacement Permit

In addition to avoiding potential issues that may arise during or after window replacement, securing a permit has its advantages. Here are some of them:

  • Energy Efficiency. Local building codes dictate that the frames must be structurally sound. Moreover, the window seals must be durable enough to prevent drafts and energy loss that cause comfort issues and an increase in energy bills.
  • Aesthetics. Local building codes also require your windows to match your home’s architectural style. This way, you ensure the uniformity and cohesion of your home with the rest of the neighborhood.
  • Safety. If you are replacing your windows in your bedroom, you can have it made into an egress or an access point where you can get out of your home in case of an emergency. Specific rules must be followed, especially in terms of dimensions, to ensure complete adherence to code and promote safety for your household.

Do you need beautiful and energy-efficient replacement windows or doors? Get in touch with Renewal by Andersen of Atlanta. Our team is ready to answer any questions and guide you through all your options. Just give us a call at (866) 609-5033 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve homeowners in and around Marietta, GA.

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