Why Are Packers So Important?
The majority of windows fitted in the UK are sealed double glazed units (approximately 93% of UK houses have double glazed units). The double glazed units are typically two planes of 4mm glass separated by a spacer bar and hermetically sealed all around the frame edge. These tubes vary in width from 6mm to 20mm+. For example, you can typically have a 4-20-4 which gives a 28mm unit.
What Is A Failed Unit?
If condensation is forming between the glass panes then that is a signal that the frame seal has failed and is allowing in moister. It is so important to use packers correctly during installation to help avoid premature failure in the frames. If the wrong material like wedges of timber, folded up cardboard and foam are used they can and will disintegrate over the years and not correctly support the frame. Even worse if no packing is used at all which means the double glazed unit is likely to be sitting in the water which can gathers at the bottom the frames and therefore will attack the unit’s seals. Purpose made plastic glazing and bridging packers are purposely designed to give the unit the correct support to avoid the seal failure leading to internal condensation between the glass panes..
How To Fit Window Frames Correctly With Packers.
The jobs of the glazing packer can best be evaluated when installed.
The following points should be taken into account so that the edge of
the glass and composite edge of the insulating glass are not
overstressed during glazing-in, thus avoiding any glass breakage:
The glass unit is positioned on the lower packers and carefully angled into the frame. Place a packer on the upper end of the closing side, diagonal to the corner support. Make sure the packers is sitting tight so it doesn’t change its position later on. Aligned the packer straight
and parallel to the edge of the glass so it supports the full thickness of the glazing unit. The packer should be about 2 mm wider than the glazing unit that it is supporting.
From years of experience it has been shown that the optimal packer length should be 100 mm to help reduce the load points and therefore reduce the risk of breakage of the insulating glass unit.
It is important that glass packers are used to support the double glazed units to prevent them from standing in any water that may collect, at the bottom, in the frame. If sat in water it can cause seal of the double glazing to fail and will probably invalidate your guarantee if packers have been proved not to be used. Remembering that packers must not cover the drainage holes in the frame as this could cause similar standing water issues. The whole of the double glazed unit must be supported by the packer (packers being 2mm’s wider than the unit). Known as toe & heeling the objective is to transfer the weight of the glass onto the frame. Correct use of this technique will give trouble free fitting, once the vents have been set correctly. The vent should be flexed upwards if necessary to allow the insertion of the top packers.
Additional packers are generally required for window sizes over 1500mm.
When would I use a Bridging packer instead of a Glazing packer?
Bridging packers are designed with a drainage channel in the middle, running down the length, to help maintain drainage and ventilation in the window frame. The bridging packers will offer the same support that a glazing packer does whilst maintaining an escape and ventilation routes around the insulated glazed units for any water.
The glazing packers should:
- Transfer the weight of the glazing unit to the frame construction
- Keep the distance between the edge of the glass unit and base of the frame.
- Prevent the excessive sagging of frame profiles when mechanical loads are introduced
The packers should be capable of:
- High carrying capacity through reinforced web system
- Compatible with compound edge seals for insulating glass
In addition to window units packers are also used for doors, bi fold and patio door sets.
Our glazing packers are available in a variety sizes & thickness’s at great low trade prices, including our very popular mixed boxes allowing you to minimise the amount you are stocking on the van
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