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5 FAQs About Correct On-Site Window Storage And Handling

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5 FAQs About Correct On-Site Window Storage And Handling

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As a trusted provider of windows and doors, Vistaza often receives questions from developers and architects regarding the proper storage and handling of windows.

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Let’s address the most commonly asked questions and provide valuable insights on the correct on-site storage and handling practices for windows.

Broken Windows Cause Bad Luck!

Before we delve into the FAQs, it’s important to emphasize the significance of proper window storage and handling.

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Windows are not just functional components of a building; they also contribute to its aesthetic appeal. Any damage to windows during storage or handling can lead to delays, additional costs, and even compromise the safety of workers on-site. By following the correct procedures, you can ensure the integrity and longevity of your windows.

How Should You Store Glass Windows?

Glass windows should be stored with utmost care to prevent any damage. Upon delivery, inspecting the windows for any signs of damage and verifying that they are the correct size and type is crucial. Unwrap and thoroughly inspect the windows, paying attention to the mainframe and any moving parts. If any component is damaged, it should be repaired or replaced before installation.

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When it comes to storing windows, it is highly recommended to keep them upright to avoid any pressure or stress on the glass, which reduces the risk of breakage. Moreover, it’s important to store windows in a clean, dry, and secure location, away from direct sunlight, dust, dirt, and moisture. The windows should also be protected from jobsite dust, concrete, lime, and other potential sources of damage. 

Additionally, it is advisable to use strips and/or foil to secure the windows and prevent them from falling down, as they can be heavy and pose a risk to someone’s health. Lastly, it’s crucial to address the issue of scratches on the glass and take necessary precautions to avoid any damage.

Can Windows be Stored Flat?

It is not recommended to store windows flat on the ground.

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Storing windows in a flat position can put excessive pressure on the glass and increase the risk of breakage. To ensure the safety and integrity of the windows, it is best to store them upright.

Can Windows be Stacked?

No, windows should not be stacked on top of each other.

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Stacking windows can cause excessive pressure on the lower windows, increasing the risk of breakage. Instead, it is important to store windows upright, in the sequence in which they will be installed. This ensures that each window is easily accessible and reduces the chances of accidental damage.

Can New Windows Be Stored Outside?

Ideally, new windows should be stored indoors or in a covered area. Storing windows outside, particularly when they are packed in foil, covered with cartons, and squeezed together with no possibility of airflow, can be detrimental to their condition.

This arrangement is not natural for the windows and can increase the risk of damage from weather conditions such as rain, wind, and extreme temperatures. If storing windows outside is unavoidable, it is crucial to protect them from direct sunlight and ensure they are covered to prevent damage from dust, dirt, and moisture.

What Causes Stress Fractures in Windows?

Stress fractures in windows can occur due to various factors, including improper storage and handling. Excessive pressure or stress on the glass, such as stacking windows or storing them flat on the ground, can lead to stress fractures. Additionally, it is important to consider air flow when storing windows. Leaving them in direct sunlight and tightly packed can also contribute to stress fractures. Therefore, it is crucial to follow proper storage and handling procedures, including allowing for adequate air circulation, to minimize the risk of stress fractures and ensure the longevity of the windows.

Additional Considerations

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In addition to the FAQs mentioned above, it is crucial to consider additional factors: 

  1. Ventilation: Ensure proper airflow to prevent moisture buildup, condensation, and the growth of mold or mildew.
  2. Handling and Transportation: Use appropriate lifting equipment and secure the windows during transportation to avoid accidental damage.
  3. Environmental Conditions: Consider the specific environmental conditions of the storage area and take precautions to protect the windows from impacts or vibrations caused by natural disasters.
  4. Pest Control: Implement measures to prevent pests from damaging the windows, such as sealing gaps and using traps or deterrents.
  5. Insurance Coverage: Depending on the value of the windows, consider obtaining insurance coverage to protect against unforeseen incidents or damage during storage. Consult with your insurance provider for available options.

How Vistaza Can Help

At Vistaza, we understand the importance of proper window storage and handling. Our team of experts is well-versed in the best practices for on-site window storage and handling. We work closely with developers and general contractors to ensure that windows are delivered in optimal condition and provide guidance on proper storage and handling procedures. By partnering with us, you can have peace of mind knowing that your windows are in capable hands.

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