How do you size your next glass or window transportation vehicle?
Over the years the average size of windows and glass units has got bigger and heavier in all dimensions – taller, wider and thicker. End customers want more glass in their houses and architects have responded by designing and promoting houses with more floor to ceiling glass with wider dimensions. Views are more important than they've ever been. Easy to use indoor outdoor living is a key requirement for many homes. This is good for our industry, and although it also creates challenges, more is generally better than less.
Our glass and window transportation solutions have a life expectancy of over 10 years. When planning the designing the dimensions of a new glass and/or window transporter today we need to predict what the likely requirements will be during the life of the vehicle, and size it accordingly.
Will the houses of the future have less glass and smaller units?
Overtime we expect to see the average size of glass transportation vehicles to increase. This means that small companies will buy vehicles that have traditionally been purchased by medium sized companies. This doesn't necessarily mean that the business is growing, just that the transportation requirements have changed.
Another change we predict is more medium sized glass and glazing companies taking on a range of vehicles. Many in the past have standardised on vans. Vans will still have their place but many businesses will compliment vans with light trucks.
I could be wrong of course. End customers might decide that houses with less glass are more appealing, but I don't think so.