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Salt Residue – It’s Origins, Risks and Solutions

Throughout the years, the glazing industry has been evolving at an accelerated pace. Basic design of glazing products such as windows and doors has developed hugely due to the needs of the industry. Higher load capacity, higher water and air resistance requirements are some of the factors that have come into play together with feasibility and cost. In geographical areas that are exposed to extreme weather such as South Florida, designers have tried to maintain a balance between performance, aesthetics and cost, making this task a bit challenging. 

In today’s market, you can find a large variety of products that have adopted different assembly methods in an attempt to maintain the above mentioned “balance”. Products can be wet-glazed or dry-glazed. The main difference between one another is the way glass is secured to its frame. Wet-glazed products are the ones in which the glass is secured to the frame with the use of a structural sealant. These joints are hermetically sealed with a very strong adhesion that can hold the glass in place during hurricane storm winds. On the other hand, the dry-glazed method implements pressure bars and/or gaskets to hold the glass in place during high force winds. 

Salt Residue Sliding Glass Door

It has been noted though, that the dry-glazed method is not so friendly with weather elements such as salty and moist air. After installation, and as a result of improper maintenance procedures, it has been noted that salt build up will appear at joints and crevasses of different dry-glazed products. If nothing is done, the salt build-up can become so severe that it will start compromising the performance of the framing members, weakening the system, as the material will basically corrode.

As a solution to this issue, the upmost recommendation is to follow manufacturers maintenance procedures. Most of these will suggest washing your products regularly with a damp cloth and mild soap to remove salt residue and clean tight joints. If the problem has evolved long enough, then more aggressive measures need to be adopted.

In some cases, it is recommended to remove the glazing gaskets partially to access the compromised surfaces. Once exposed, the areas need to be properly treated. Sanding, priming and application of metal filler material such as “bondo” may be required. Once corrected, then field applied electrostatic paint is applied to rejuvenate the surface and restore its original appearance. Finally, a bead of structural sealant is applied at the glass to metal joints to hermetically seal this condition and prevent this anomaly from occurring again. It is highly recommended that these procedures be performed by experienced and licensed contractors so that the end results is the best expected and to ensure the continuity of the performance of your glazing products through many years to come.

Residuos de sal: Sus Orígenes, Riesgos y Soluciones

Salt Residue Sliding Glass Door

A lo largo de los años, la industria de la ventaneria ha evolucionado a un ritmo acelerado. El diseño básico de productos de ventaneria se ha desarrollado enormemente debido a las necesidades de la industria. Una mayor capacidad de carga, mayores requisitos de resistencia al agua y al aire son algunos de los factores que han entrado en juego junto con la factibilidad y el costo. En áreas geográficas que están expuestas a condiciones climáticas extremas, como el sur de Florida, los diseñadores han tratado de mantener un equilibrio entre rendimiento, estética y costo, haciendo de esta una tarea un poco desafiante.

En el mercado actual, se puede encontrar una gran variedad de productos que han adoptado diferentes métodos de ensamblaje en un intento por mantener el “equilibrio” mencionado anteriormente. Los productos pueden ser clasificados como ensamble con aplicación humeda o seca. La principal diferencia entre ellos es la forma en que el vidrio se asegura a su marco. El ensamble con aplicación humeda es aquella en la que el vidrio se fija al marco con el uso de un sellador estructural. Estas juntas están herméticamente selladas con una adhesión muy fuerte que puede mantener el vidrio en su lugar durante los vientos huracanados. Por otro lado, el método de ensamble en seco implementa barras de presión y / o empaques para mantener el vidrio en su lugar durante vientos de alta fuerza.

Sin embargo, se ha observado que el método de ensamble en seco no es tan amigable con los elementos climáticos como el aire salado y húmedo. Después de la instalación, y como resultado de procedimientos de mantenimiento inadecuados, se ha observado que aparece acumulación de sal en las juntas y grietas de diferentes productos con ensamble en seco. Si no se hace nada, la acumulación de sal se puede volver tan severa que comenzará a comprometer el rendimiento de los elementos de la estructura de la ventana, debilitando el sistema, ya que el material básicamente se corroe.

Como solución a este problema, la recomendación más importante es seguir los procedimientos de mantenimiento del fabricante. La mayoría de estos sugerirán lavar sus productos regularmente con un paño húmedo y jabón suave para eliminar los residuos de sal y limpiar las juntas y/o grietas de ensamble. Si el problema ha evolucionado lo suficiente, entonces se deben adoptar medidas más agresivas.

En algunos casos, se recomienda quitar los empaques de ensamble parcialmente para acceder a las superficies comprometidas. Una vez expuestas, las áreas deben tratarse adecuadamente. Puede requerirse lijado, imprimación y aplicación de material de relleno metálico como “bondo”. Una vez corregido, se aplica pintura electrostática (en el sitio) para rejuvenecer la superficie y restaurar su apariencia original. Finalmente, se aplica sellador estructural en las uniones de vidrio a metal para sellar herméticamente esta condición y evitar que esta anomalía se vuelva a presentar. Se recomienda encarecidamente que estos procedimientos sean realizados por contratistas con experiencia y con licencia para que los resultados finales sean los mejores y para garantizar la continuidad del rendimiento de sus productos de acristalamiento durante muchos años.

Be Prepared for the Hurricane Season

If you live in South Florida you and your family are exposed to Hurricanes year by year. Hurricane Season starts June 1st each year and goes until November 30th. Even we already have excellent forecast methods to anticipate the storms and the path they will have thru the Atlantic Ocean it is important to be prepare with time, remember even if the hurricane do not landfall you can be at risk.

These are some recommendations before the season starts

PREPARATION BEFORE THE SEASON

  • Make a list of everything you will need at home for a hurricane
  • Investigate the Season Forecast to be prepared and informed. Pay attention to local weather reports
  • Know where to go, Investigate all evacuation routes.
  • Investigate shelters near you, take into consideration that if you have pets you will need a shelter that allow them 
  • Make sure your home meets building codes for withstanding hurricanes, and they have storm shutters or Impact Glass windows and doors.
  • Make maintenance to your Impact Glass windows and doors.
  • Repair your Impact Glass windows and doors if need it, if they are not working properly 
  • Buy a First Aid Kit
  • Have the proper tools, supplies, batteries and flashlights
  • Make a family emergency communication plan.
  • before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.
  • Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. (NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.)

These are some recommendations to be prepared before the storm, during the storm and after the storm. Don’t wait until last time to be prepare.

PREPARATION BEFORE THE HURRICANE

  • Buy no perishable food and plenty of water for several days for you and your family 
  • Pay attention to local weather reports and evacuation alerts
  • Make sure you have plenty of fuel
  • Have a secure room available
  • If your house is not prepared for a hurricane or is not safe enough go to a shelter or to a family or friend home that is secured.
  • Protect windows and doors
  • Secure outside objects
  • Talk with your family about the plan you have for the hurricane and evacuation Stay in Secure Room.
  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows.
  • Buy a gas stove for cooking, remember power could be out 
  • Take cash and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
  • But all the medications you need
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary.
  • Charge your cell phone so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
  • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.

DURING THE STORM

  • Remain indoors
  • Stay away of windows and doors or go to your safety room
  • Pay attention to weather news and bulletins
  • Do not use the phone or candles
  • Have supplies on hand.
  • Control water and food consumption, be sure you don’t eat and drink everything in a short period, be prepare for the damages after the hurricane.
  • let friends and family know where you are.

AFTER THE STORM

  • Pay attention to local weather reports and be sure the storm has completely passed before going out
  • Be patient
  • Report downed power lines, and stay away from them.
  • Report health issues and house damages
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
  • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground 
  • Photograph the damage to your property to assist in filing an insurance claim.

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