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a-TaylorMade Window has installed windows and doors 
in San Francisco for over 40 years

All window replacements in San Francisco require a Building Permit.  As part of that process one must get both Planning Department and Building Department approval.  Note: These are two separate department.

If your house originally (not what is there now) had wood windows, or if your building is over 50 years old, the requirement on window replacement is more strict, requiring approval of the "Preservation" section (with more restrictive hours) within the Planning Department.

There can be conflicts between what the Planning Department would like and what the Building Department requires.


Also, as noted in the Residential Guidelines many situations are handled on a "case by case" basis.  This means there is a gray area and what one planner may approve, another may not.

For windows visible from the street, there are three primary factors involved in the permit process:

  1. the age of your building

  2. your location within the city

  3. the planner that reviews your application

For windows not visible from the street, vinyl is often acceptable.

Note: If your building is over 50 years old but have original aluminum or steel windows, the planning department has deemed your building to be potentially "historic" and you may be required to replace them with non-efficient aluminum windows.

a-TaylorMade Window offers both "locally manufactured" wood windows and wood and woodclad windows from leading manufacturers such as Andersen, Marvin, Pella, Sierra Pacific and Jeld-wen.  We can guide you through the pros and cons of wood versus woodclad and the designs of these windows as well as how those designs impact a replacement installation.

We also offer wood clad windows from the above manufacturers and can guide you through the pros and cons of each.

When it comes to replacing windows in San Francisco, you will want a contractor with the knowledge and experience of a-TaylorMade Window.


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