Many homeowners dream of having a nice deck where they can relax with their family or entertain friends. It’s not at all surprising that you would want a deck, too. Before you rush into it, though, you should first secure a permit to build one. Do you really need to get one? Why? Your home improvement and roofing contractors at Sentry Exteriors answer these questions and more.
Why Do I Need a Permit?
The most important reason is that getting a permit ensures all code standards are met and all regulations in your area are followed when your deck is built. Getting a permit may seem to you like a lot of trouble for just a deck, but really, it is worth your effort and money.
What Happens If I Build a Deck Without a Permit?
Here are some of the troubles that you would probably experience if you don’t get a permit:
You will have to shell out for a huge fine. This will definitely be bigger than the cost of a permit.
Your brand new deck will have to be torn dow which you’ll be paying for as well.
Your deck might not last that long. One that is built up to code is more likely to withstand damage caused by problems with roofing and gutter guards and others than those that do not meet the standards.
You might have a hard time when the time comes to sell the house. Buyers will be looking for permits and documentation for all renovations done.
What Do I Need to Do to Secure a Permit?
What you need to prepare is a copy of the plan that reflects not only the house but also the property lines and how the house is situated in conjunction with that. The document should also include precise details like where the deck will be located within your property. You will then fill out a form for your permit application and pay the fee. Depending on your county regulations, you may also be asked to present a drawing of the deck to scale to show its exact dimensions, what material will be used, and other details.
Reliable deck, roofing, and gutter companies are often willing to help you get a permit. They will also ensure you get a deck that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also complies with all the code requirements.
Are you considering a deck for your home? Get a free quote here from Sentry Exteriors or call us at (434) 333-7753 if you have questions about decks, windows, roofing and more. Our services are available in Lynchburg, VA, and neighboring areas.