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Window Replacement Projects: Do You Need a Permit?

Some home improvement projects require a permit, and replacing your windows may fall into this category. Today, Renewal by Andersen® of Austin discusses whether you’ll need a permit before you can replace your old windows.

Do I Need to Obtain Permit Before Replacing My Windows?

This depends on the kind of work that will be involved. If you’re simply replacing the old windows with inserts that are installed directly in the existing frame of the old window, a permit probably won’t be required. This is because no structural alterations or removal of the sash will be involved.

However, if alterations will be made to the existing opening or the removal of the old sash is required, then you may need to obtain a permit before any work can commence. For example, if you’re replacing your old double-hung windows with larger custom windows to meet fire code or egress requirements, you’ll probably need a permit.

What Happens If I Don’t Obtain a Permit?

If you need a permit but choose not to get one, you can be heavily fined. Also, if you sell your home in the future, the lack of a permit may prevent you from closing on the deal.

Need to install new casement windows in your home? Simply turn to Renewal by Andersen of Austin. When it comes to window and door replacement services, we are the top experts. Give us a call at (512) 298-2270 or fill out our contact form to schedule a FREE consultation. We serve homeowners in Austin, TX, and other nearby areas.


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