Replacing your windows seems like an easy enough task. So, you might be wondering if you need a permit. While it may not seem like it, there are actually some important building codes that have to be met before installing new windows, especially if you have decided to change the size or location.
Before you shop around for new windows, here’s what you need to know:
Why Is It Necessary to Obtain a Permit?
This is the most common question. Most homeowners are under the false impression that replacing their windows is not a big deal as it does not alter the structural integrity of your home and that inspections and obtaining permits are not necessary.
The truth is, your windows are an integral part of your home, and securing the proper permits is necessary to ensure that you and your family are safe. Whether you are upgrading to energy-efficient windows or converting an existing casement window into a sliding window, the minimum code requirements must be met.
For example, windows installed in any room that can be used as a bedroom must be large enough to allow the occupants to escape during an emergency or for rescue personnel to enter the building when disaster strikes. Another example is windows must be at least 24 inches from the floor to prevent small children from climbing over the windowsill and accidentally falling out.
Replacement windows located in a hazardous area will also require an inspection since they might need safety glazing.
These are just some of the reasons why permits are necessary, and it is understandable that these considerations are not foremost in a homeowner’s mind when shopping around for new windows. This is why it is important that you speak to experienced local professionals to ensure that you are compliant.
We at Renewal by Andersen® of St. Louis are experts when it comes to all things window related. If you are looking to have your windows replaced and are worried about building codes, give us a call at (314) 332-2364, or fill out our contact form to speak to one of our experts. We serve the areas in and around St. Charles, MO.