Post-Installation Protection Remains  
an Ongoing Battle for Glaziers  
lass and glazing is often one of  
the first finished products to  
be installed in a given project,  
leaving the materials susceptible to  
scratches and damage as other trades  
work around it.  
Because of this, contract glaziers  
must constantly find ways to protect  
their scope of the work and mitigate  
risk through communication with  
other parties and physical products.  
Time is money,”says Matthew Price  
of Armor-Guard, which manufactures  
a protection solution. “Damaged glass  
results in costly repair or replacement,  
while damaged framing must be re- punch-list walkthrough with the gen- which has undergone field and labo-  
painted onsite or clad with brake metal. eral contractor, building owner, and/or ratory trials, can be removed from the  
Neither creates an ideal situation, and other decision-makers, so they can go substrate up to three years after its ini-  
the arguments over cost of repair, floor-to-floor as each level is complete tial application.  
change orders, delay in occupancy and and sign off on the installation.  
Carey,who continues to seek out new  
other mitigating factors tend to cause  
stress on contractual relationships.”  
“The best time to negotiate this is ways of protecting his product, says  
in the award and contract phase,” says that while there are various options  
This is always a challenge since Carey. “And if this idea gets turned and methods, it often comes down to  
damage happens in the field on every down,then you just have to be very dil- collaboration with the general contrac-  
project,” says Matt Kamper, who han- igent with your tracking.”  
dles estimating and sales at Califor- In terms of physically protective  
tor early in the project.  
“We need to understand whether  
nia-based glazier Woodbridge Glass. products, glazing contractors have tra- they want physical protection on the  
Depending on the project, sometimes ditionally used various forms of cling materials and discuss the options  
the glazing subcontractor must prove films, tapes and cardboard during and available,” he says. “Sometimes that  
who damaged their scope and back- after installation. Each have their pros comes at a premium, and we have to  
charge the other subcontractors.”  
He adds, “Glazing is a finish trade ample can leave a residue on the glass.  
and many times we are required to “We’ve had success putting foam during the bidding phase to address,  
and cons—the often-used film, for ex- figure out if there’s budget allocation.”  
Adds Kamper, “It is important  
protect our scope until owner’s accep- boards around the mullions,”Carey says. in writing, the contractual protection  
tance. However, we are rarely last in and “It helps keep our mullions from becom- requirements—materials to be used,  
so must anticipate comebacks and fixes.” ing a toolbox for other trades … and us extent of coverage for in-place and on-  
Kevin Carey,executive vice president having to go back and touch it up.”  
site stored materials, documentation  
of Texas-based glazier Dynamic Glass, Price’s company has worked toward and claims processing for correcting  
says the best way to avoid, or at least addressing this problem in developing damaged areas, owner acceptance  
minimize, these kinds of issues is to a spray- or roller-applied product that standards and standoff distance for in-  
be proactive rather than reactive. Part forms a “second skin” non-adhesive spection/evaluation, etc.  
of this includes careful planning of the bond to various substrates and build-  
“Many times, an allowance can be  
shipping and staging of materials ar- ing materials including glass, extru- carried in lieu of a hard cost by the glaz-  
riving on site.  
Glaziers should also coordinate a  
sions and hardware.  
Price says the protective product,  
ing subcontractor for this provision.”  
—Nick St. Denis n  
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | July 2017  

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