Architects are designing more oversized openings, knowing that getting the right glass no longer requires the mind-numbing contortions that it used to. As a result, there’s never been a better time to consider oversized glass as a show-stopping design element.
The challenge on any project specified with architectural oversized glass is to have everyone on the same page from the very beginning – Architect, General Contractor, glass supplier and window fabricator. Managing expectations and logistics is key to a successful outcome. Everyone on the team should understand the complexities involved in order to guide the project toward an optimal outcome.
Building oversized windows and doors can be a complex and challenging process. Here are some of the main challenges that builders face:
- Structural Integrity: Oversized windows and doors are much larger and heavier than standard-sized ones, which means that they require special framing and reinforcement to maintain their structural integrity. Without proper support, oversized windows and doors can sag or bow over time, which can compromise their functionality and safety.
- Weatherproofing: Oversized windows and doors can be more prone to leaks and air infiltration than standard-sized ones, which can cause energy loss and damage to the building. Special weatherstripping, flashing, and other waterproofing measures must be used to prevent water intrusion and air leakage.
- Manufacturing Limitations: The production of oversized windows and doors can be more complicated and expensive than standard-sized ones. The fabrication and installation of oversized glass panes and frames may require specialized equipment and skilled labor, which can increase the cost and time of the project.
- Transport and Installation: Oversized windows and doors can be difficult to transport and install due to their size and weight. Special cranes, trucks, and rigging equipment may be required to move and install these large components safely and efficiently.
- Code Compliance: Oversized windows and doors must meet specific building codes and safety regulations to ensure that they are safe and secure. Builders must carefully follow these regulations to avoid potential legal and safety issues.
Despite these challenges, oversized windows and doors can provide a unique and stunning architectural feature that can enhance the look and functionality of a building. Call us to help with careful planning, design, and execution of your project. We work with top builders and architects to create oversized windows and doors that are safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing designs that will never go unnoticed.
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