Replacement Windows in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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At ARS/Rescue Rooter, your comfort is our priority. Always. From plumbing emergencies to heating repair, air conditioning installation and attic insulation,… More
  • 46 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Momentum Solar, founded in 2009, is a top solar contractor and Inc. 500 fastest-growing private company that employs over 1,000 people… More
  • 12 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Serving the entire state of Florida, we provide high-impact windows, impact doors, energy-saving attic insulations, and exterior paints for the home.… More
  • 15 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
We have lots of technicians and lots of service trucks across the country. You know what that means? It means that… More
  • 25 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
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Total Home Roofing has been serving Central Florida Homeowners since 2005. With over 150 employees and as one of Florida's largest… More
  • 16 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating of Pompano Beach isnt happy with being the company that customers call oncewe want to… More
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
  • Accepts Credit Card
In business since 1998, we will provide roofing services with quality care and integrity. Dakoma Roofing, Inc. is a locally owned… More
  • 23 Years in Business
  • Accepts Credit Card
Bentley Roofing is a state certified full-service roofing contractor specializing in the complete installation and repair of commercial and residential roofing… More
  • 3 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
We are a family owned business that treats every job site as if it were our own homes. We take care… More
  • 18 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Proudly helping property owners for over 25 years, Statewide offers the design, product knowledge, and expertise to provide you with new… More
  • 6 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
ARS/Rescue Rooter is a nationwide network of company-owned locations providing exceptional heating, air conditioning, plumbing, and sewer and drain services to… More
  • 46 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Choice One Home Improvement installs affordable impact windows, impact doors, roofing, HVAC systems as well as insulations.Our mission is to provide… More
  • 8 Years in Business
  • Offers Financing
We at Safeguard Roofing Inc are a Florida based hub of professional roofers and roofing contractors having a wealth of expertise… More
  • 32 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
  • 35 Years in Business
  • Offers Financing
Our vision is to transform the lives of present and future generations through renewable energy. More
  • 10 Years in Business
At Cooling Experts, Inc., we're committed to our customers and want to provide them with the very best air conditioning repair… More
  • 10 Years in Business
  • Licensed
Renew Financial was founded in 2008 by Cisco DeVries, who brought together a multidisciplinary team of experts in finance, technology, operations,… More
  • 13 Years in Business
  • Offers Financing
HVAC expert licensed since 2007 As a family-owned company based on Downtown Miami, our mission is to provide the best service… More
  • 14 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Urban Solar's vision begins with the goal of making solar simple and affordable for everyone. Since 2001, Floridians have been trusting… More
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Accepts Credit Card
SolarWorld Americas sources only the highest-quality components and materials from proven suppliers. Our team sources local materials whenever possible and because… More
  • 9 Years in Business
  • Accepts Credit Card
?We have been providing expert window and door replacement installation services to Palm Beach County for over 30 years. Call us… More
  • 32 Years in Business
  • Accepts Emergency Requests
Phoenix Windows and Doors are your partners in home improvement. With over 25 years in the industry as a general contractor,… More
  • 11 Years in Business
  • Offers Financing
AG National is one of the fastest growing companies in the electrical services and maintenance market. From its inception, the company… More
  • 3 Years in Business
  • Offers Financing
Since 2002, the WindMar Group has pioneered renewable energy development. WindMar currently owns and operates one of the largest solar energy… More
  • 19 Years in Business
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Window Replacement in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Replacing a window in Fort Lauderdale is serious business. High winds and frequent storms mean our windows have to be made extra tough to withstand the elements’ worst. Accordingly, the city has a strict permitting system dictating the types of windows that can be used and guidelines for their installation.

Climate will play a huge role in selecting and installing your new windows here. Models that can withstand high wind loads and resist shattering upon impact will be your best bet to deter an accident during severe weather. This guide will get you through choosing a model that fits those requirements, as well selecting a contractor and applying for permits and energy-efficiency incentives.

Window Contractor Requirements in Fort Lauderdale

If you live in Fort Lauderdale and you want to replace a window on your home by yourself, you’re in luck–in most cases, the city will provide you an exemption to Florida’s contractor requirements. However, if you will be performing the work yourself as a builder-owner, you must complete a signed and notarized Owner Builder Affidavit along with your permit. You can access a copy of the form here. The affidavit certifies, among other things, that you own and reside on the property you’ll be working on, that you assume full responsibility for making sure your repairs are up to code.

However, the city has a labyrinthine permitting structure in place for this kind of construction–requiring heavy technical documentation including wind load calculations and industry efficiency ratings. Most amateur renovators are likely not up to the task of completing and complying with these regulations, so we recommend going with a licensed contractor for window repairs when possible. They’ll be able to assist you in completing these forms and making sure your windows are up to code. You can search for a Fort Lauderdale contractor using the city’s list of contractors, and verify their license using MyFlorida’s Licensee Search.

Applying for Window Permits in Ft. Lauderdale

In Fort Lauderdale, a permit is required for any window replacements made within city limits. A copy of the basic permit application can be accessed online here. There’s also a cover sheet for window repairs to go with the application–that’s available here. You can download both forms and return them to The City of Fort Lauderdale Building Department, 700 NW 19th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.

Is the work going to cost more than $2,500? Then you’ll also need to file two Notices of Commencement with the Broward County Government Offices at  Broward County Governmental Center, Room 114, 115 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL. Here’s where to get a copy of that form so you can fill it out before you go.

In addition to your permit application and notices (if required), there’s a few additional documents to turn in with your paperwork:

  • Two copies of Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance. We know what you’re thinking–”I’m in Fort Lauderdale, not Miami!” Fort Lauderdale requires all windows to have a product approval before they can be installed–and it uses Miami-Dade’s approval system to determine whether a window is safe enough to be installed. The window seller should be able to provide you this information, but you can also verify if a product is covered using the Miami-Dade Product Control Search here.
  • Two completed wind load calculation sheets. We don’t need to tell you that Fort Lauderdale gets its share of windy weather. The city wants you to calculate your new window’s wind load using this form.
  • Two completed Window/Door Schedules. Get the form here. Be aware, though, before you jump into it, you’ll need to know a few things about your windows–namely, the window’s approved pressure (otherwise known as design pressure) and required pressure ratings; the U-factor, or the window’s insulating ability; the solar heat gain co-efficiency (SHGC), which is how much heat the glass emits through radiation; as well as the product approval code; and the spacing and type of fasteners used.
  • A drawing showing the location of the windows to be repaired or replaced.

This is where a contractor can be useful–they’re accustomed to filling out building forms and can help you get the information you need to complete them.

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Requirements for Windows in Fort Lauderdale

As mentioned above, the city uses Miami-Dade county’s list of approved products–so if your window’s not on that list, it’s not qualified for installation in your Fort Lauderdale home. However, there is one an additional catch–unless you want to install hurricane shutters as well, you need to select windows with impact-resistant glass and frames. Impact-resistant windows are manufactured to be extra strong, reducing the risk of shattering in the case that a hurricane-force gust plants loose debris squarely in your plate glass window. The window manufacturer should be able to tell you if the windows you select having this rating.

If you do decide to go with shutters instead, however, there’s another, additional permitting process to go through. You can find out more information about shutter permits here.

Ft. Lauderdale Window Inspections

New windows require an inspection in Fort Lauderdale. You can schedule an inspection using the city’s automated inspection service, FLAIR. A brochure for using FLAIR is located here. Be aware–most inspectors require that window labeling and installation instructions be available when they come to visit.

Rebates and Incentives for Window Installation in Ft. Lauderdale

Unfortunately, the City of Fort Lauderdale does not currently provide any rebates for energy-efficient windows. However, you can still qualify for the national ENERGY STAR rebate if you purchase windows that are ENERGY STAR certified. Look at the label when you buy–you could be eligible for 10 percent of the window’s cost, with a maximum return of $200. Just file form 5695 along with your taxes that year.