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How Do Glazing Delays Affect Construction?

Glazing delays in the construction industry have a broad range of impacts, affecting project timelines, costs, safety, and overall project quality. Here are some of the main ways glazing delays influence construction projects:

Extended Project Timelines

Critical Path Delays

Glazing is often on the critical path of a construction project, meaning any delays in this phase can push back the entire project timeline. This is particularly critical for high-rise buildings where interior work cannot proceed until the exterior envelope is sealed.

Sequential Dependencies

Many subsequent tasks, such as interior finishes, HVAC system installations, and electrical work, depend on the completion of the glazing. Delays can create a domino effect, causing other trades to be delayed as well.

Increased Costs

Labor and Equipment

Extended timelines mean higher costs for labor and equipment. Workers and machinery must remain on-site longer than anticipated, increasing overhead costs.

Material Storage and Handling

Delays can lead to increased costs for storing and handling glazing materials. If materials are ordered but cannot be installed promptly, they may need to be stored securely, potentially at additional cost.

Penalties and Liquidated Damages

Contractors may face financial penalties or liquidated damages for not meeting project deadlines, further increasing the financial burden.

Safety and Security Risks

Exposed Interiors

Without glazing, the building’s interior may be exposed to weather conditions, leading to potential damage and safety hazards. This can also create security vulnerabilities, with unfinished buildings being more accessible to unauthorized entry.

Worksite Hazards

Incomplete glazing can lead to unsafe working conditions. For example, open window frames at high elevations pose fall risks to workers.

Quality and Rework

Quality Control Issues

Delays can disrupt the quality control process, as rushed work to make up for lost time can lead to subpar installations and finishes.

Rework and Adjustments

If glazing materials are not stored correctly or if site conditions change, rework may be necessary, leading to further delays and increased costs.

Contractual and Legal Implications

Disputes and Litigation

Delays often lead to disputes between contractors, subcontractors, and clients regarding responsibility and compensation for the delays. This can result in legal proceedings, further complicating and delaying the project.

Insurance Claims

Prolonged delays may lead to increased insurance claims and premiums, especially if delays result in damage or theft of materials.

In summary, glazing delays can have severe and cascading effects on construction projects, impacting timelines, costs, safety, and quality. Effective project management, proactive planning, and clear contractual agreements are essential to mitigate these impacts.

RWES worked with several leading general contractors to develop the patented Reusable Weather Enclosure System (RWES) to create a temporary building envelope solution, solving the glazing delay problem. Now, general contractors have the perfect solution to keep wind, rain, snow, and adverse weather out of their working environment, prevent weather delays, and keep projects on schedule. A temporary building envelope that keeps the interior comfortable and dry until the permanent building envelope is complete.

Providing exceptional value, quick and easy installation, and superior weather protection, RWES has proven itself as the best construction enclosure solution available to mitigate glazing delays. Contact our team for a free consultation by calling us at 1-866-264-4713 or filling out the form on this page.

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