Let’s discuss the first question that pops into many folks heads….do I have to follow the building code? Quite simply, YES!!! the building code is law first of all. Secondly, the code is designed to protect you and your property from unscrupulous contractors who prey on folks. Yes, there is a fee for a building permit and yes “Big Brother” is dictating to all of us what we can and cannot do with our property, so to speak. With that said, the cost is minimal and the code does provide protection by dictating, to us contractors, what we can and cannot sell and install in your home. Alabama is not quite as stringent as Florida but the coastal counties do have a variety of storm related regulations depending the municipality and county in which you reside. If you have questions about the building code in Alabama and/or Florida, call us and we’ll be happy to walk you through it.
Did you know that the Alabama and Florida building code has requirements that consist of certain specifications and parameters for windows and doors? Did you know that those requirements are storm related? Without going into all of the details in this blog, both states have requirements for windows and doors related to storm protection and wind loads/design pressures. Basically, if you replace windows and/or doors, they must be of a certain design and, in many cased depending on the location, must be protected from storms with either “impact glass” or a shutter system. That is an over generalization of the actual code and there are situations where a home owner can replace a window and/or door with non impact products. Again, we would be happy to explain the code requirements for your location. If you have an interest, we offer free estimates without the high pressure selling tactics used by most others in our industry. Quite simply we are the best in the market place and don’t have to use selling tactics and “buy today for the super special price” gimmicks. Give us a call with any questions.