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Window Legalization in Miami
April 26, 2017
You bought a house. Your very first house. You are eager to get you "HGTV" on and remodel it to make it your very own cozy abode. As a Miami Architect, I always recommend to replace old windows for new impact rated windows. Not only do they upgrade the general aesthetics of the property, they also ensure safety during hurricane season in South Florida. However, you can run into a code compliance violation if the proper window permit is not obtained.
Oftentimes you will find a handyman that will install the windows for you, but you should refrain from hiring people to perform unpermitted work at all cost! Our professionals at Fix My Code Violation have witnessed hundreds of new home owners get slapped with a code violation due to not obtaining permits for construction. This automatically dissolves your excitement for remodeling your house due to the headaches and fees that are dealt to you by the violation officers.
Furthermore, if the windows and doors were not installed correctly, the violation officer will force you to remove all of the windows so that they may be re-installed as per the Florida building code. The most common mistake in illegal window installations is the use of incorrect screws or fasteners. Impact rated windows typically require 1/4" concrete screws whereas non-impact rated require a thinner screw. Also, non-impact rated windows require a 1x2 wooden window buck, whereas an impact rated window requires a 1x4 window buck. This is due to the fact that impact rated windows have a frame that is twice as wide as that of a non-impact rated window. As a violation architect in Miami, I have witnessed a common occurance where the old, non-impact rated window is removed, but the 1x2 window buck is re-used. This method is great for the window installer because it allows him to save time and money, but it is very bad for the home owner and for the structural integrity of the window.
If you run in to a code compliance violation for your windows, give our code violation experts a call sothat we may help remedy the situation. We have mastered the art of window legalization due to the high volume of windows that are installed without permits for construction in Miami.