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Choosing a Glass Partition Provider? Ask These Questions First

For professionals like designers and architects, finding the right glass partition provider isn’t a simple exercise. That’s because the quality of the provider and their work can have so much impact on the schedule, the performance of the product and – most of all – the final ‘wow’ impact of the partition itself.

Metrowall’s clients often find us after searching for a professional partner they can trust to be an asset to their project.

To make the search for the right provider easier for you, we’ve compiled ten essential questions you should ask of a potential glass partition provider if you’re determined to find better customer experience and a ‘wow’ finished result.

Choosing a Glass Partition Provider: The Essential Questions

Curved Glass Walls with Basketball Game behind

Firstly, what makes us glass partition experts? Well, we’ve been designing, manufacturing and installing partitions purpose-made to wow since 2007.

Using their experience of delivering stunning partitions for demanding professionals, our specialists strongly recommend using a simple checklist to make sure you have’ve found the right partnership for your project…

1. Who will be your point of contact: Knowing how many people you will have to deal with in advance is a must. Will there be a sales rep, a billing department, a shipping office? Or just a single person who will handle all your questions?

Tip: Look for an entirely in-house set-up. We’re proud to make, store, dispatch and install our own glass partitions all from New York State so this means one person can help each client before, during and after their order.

2. Inventory, inventory, inventory: How much and where is it stored?! Especially in 2022, knowing the location and quantity of inventory before your order is a big indicator of a fast, assured lead time.

Tip: A provider should welcome these kinds of questions! Look for simple answers with clear, detailed answers. Every time.

3. The gut instinct test: How have you found their service and support right from that very first call or email?

Tip: Friction right at the start of a professional relationship almost always means a difficult process, always trust your first impressions.

4. Off the shelf or bespoke: A downmarket supplier will be quick to cut corners with ‘stock’ solutions based on the product that suits them best.

Tip: The right glass partition partner will be keen to collaborate to create something made to excite and delight. Ask if they have in-house R&D!

5. Assess the estimate and design process: The quality of the information at the early stage is another great indicator of the standards you can expect.

Tip: Look out for the length of time it takes to receive shop drawings plus check that the estimate is clear and comprehensive. 

6. Expect samples, always: Samples should be available to give a physical indication of quality as well as a way to examine the construction and materials in detail.

Tip: A professional glass partition specialist will be bursting to tell you about the technical specification, source and quality of every part of a partition! 

7. Study the client list…hard: Does the provider’s client list give you immediate confidence in their ability to make an awesome partition happen for you?

Tip: A client list should instantly impress and give some indicator of the provider’s reputation in their industry. For example, you’ll find MetroWall clients and testimonials proudly shown on our homepage.

8. Think about local knowledge: Supplying a glass partition and understanding your local area are two different things. Getting this wrong is a frequent source of delays and frustration.

Tip: Ask about their experience with local challenges. In our state – New York – this means dealing with unions, freight elevator restrictions, off hours noise rules, trade coordination, building rules & regs, sidewalk/street access, labor requirements and more!

9. Shipping details matter: A supplier who will simply drop a crated partition to your site using a delivery company opens up a risk of damage AND leaves you with crates to deal with.

Tip: Look for an in-house delivery service like MetroWall’s dispatch service (part of our ‘concept to completion’ service) as it means the provider can keep the partition safe right up to installation and even remove crates from the site.

10. Ask about the ‘why’ AND ‘where’ of the whole supply chain: Ask about the geographical location of every part of the manufacturing to delivery process.

Tip: An overseas link in the supply chain adds a risk to lead times! One element of your partition winding up stuck in a container somewhere breaks the entire lead time process. For example, this is why we insist on higher quality locally-made glass.

Ready for a more professional glass partition experience? Following this approach means you will’ll have taken the right steps to source a faster, easier glass partition provider.

 

Why You Need to Know About MetroWall

MetroWall LP Series Curved Panels

We are’re proud to be much more than just a supplier for the professionals who rely on us for expert help to make their glass partition project as easy as possible.

That’s because our team, using years of industry experience, approaches each project as a consultant to ensure successful project outcomes.

We even design, manufacture, store and install our glass partitions ourselves right here in New York.

Ultimately, professionals work for us for two big reasons: our 15 years of experience and our local inventory as this means expertise without the delays!

For product inspiration plus sustainability and LEED data click here. To speak to a MetroWall partitional wall specialist simply contact us. We’re here to help.

 

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Single or Double Glazed Partition? Start With This Question

We regularly help architects make sure an interior glass partition will perform beautifully for their project. But when we’re asked to help choose between specifying single or double glazing, we often bring the conversation back to one question: what does a ‘full solution’ to solve the acoustic demands of a project look like?

This means we help the client consider the impact of everything involving the partition and affecting sound in their chosen space. By thinking beyond just the glass itself, factors like no return air grills and HVAC penetration are part of the bigger picture for the installation.

This quick read introduction explains how a full solution approach can make sure the acoustic properties of a partition are ideal for every specific location.

Read on to discover essential insights! Questions? Just ask. We’re here to help.

 

The Right Interior Glass Partition

table for soundproofing standards

Choosing between single glazing and double glazing for an interior glass partition is, of course, an important consideration.

However, taking a step back to ask what level of sound isolation is needed and how this will be achieved is by the installation as a whole is the recommended approach.

We strongly suggest…

1. Assessing the present and future need: Understanding the Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating needed, ie the reduction in noise the partition must achieve, is an ideal starting point. Plus, for single glazing systems ask if future double glazing requirements might be a possibility as planning ahead for this flexibility is possible.

Tip: Remember that lab STC scores alone can’t predict the actual performance of a partition in a project as multiple factors will impact sound transmission loss. Plus, remember that MetroWall double glazed systems can be installed as a singled glazed unit, meaning the infill can be replaced and a double glazed system put into place instead if acoustics on-site become an issue.

2. A ‘big picture’ view: Contacting an interior glass wall specialist to make sure every element of the install, not just the glass, works towards the STC goal is an essential. Things like gaps left during construction and HVAC vents will have an impact, which is why we believe in ‘slab to slab’ partitions and assess HVAC’s impact on STC during our design process.

Tip: A poor installation is like putting an IndyCar on rough terrain and expecting race track results! Sound will find a way through a partition if the design or installation allows this to happen. 

3. Look for Experienced Acoustic Partnerships: We’ve worked with leading acoustic consultants – like Cerami & Associates, Longman Lindsey and ARUP – and welcome tests to evidence the performance of the partitions we design, build and install.

Tip: We’re happy to join calls and have meetings with acoustic experts, including your own choice of consultant, and strongly recommend only working with partition suppliers who can show this experience and this willingness to collaborate.

This three-step  approach will ensure your project is asking the right questions and taking the right steps to accurately predict noise transmission performance.

 

Why MetroWall?

We’re proud to be much more than just a supplier for the professionals who rely on us for expert help to make their glass partition project as easy as possible.

That’s because our team, using years of industry experience, approaches each project as a consultant to ensure successful project outcomes.

We even design, manufacture, store and install our glass partitions ourselves right here in New York.

Ultimately, professionals work for us for two big reasons: our 15 years of experience and our local inventory as this means expertise without the delays!

For product inspiration plus sustainability and LEED data click here. To speak to a MetroWall partitional wall specialist simply contact us. We’re here to help.

 

See also: Three Things to Know About Glass Door ADA Compliance, Sustainable Design and Your Partition Project

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Delivering Projects in Turbulent Times: Three Ways We Can Help

Whether you’re an architect, construction professional or designer, the climate for delivering projects right now could well be the most challenging you’ve ever faced. Thankfully, we can help.

Because we’ve been a trusted professional partner for our clients for over 15 years, we’re uniquely positioned to offer expertise, reassurance and sustainability at a time when all three are needed most.

This quick read blog sums up why you can count on MetroWall to be ‘in your corner’ while you weather the challenges facing businesses around the world.

Read on to discover three ways we can make the current climate a little easier and, most of all, a reminder to simply contact us for personal assistance. We’re here to help.

Count On Us

We’re proud to be able to support our valued clients in three powerfully simple ways during this difficult time for many of the professions we supply.

You can rely on us thanks to:

  1. Assured supply chain: Our supply chain, based on our own manufacturing in New York State supporting our substantial and locally held inventory, has been established over years. This means availability is one less thing to worry about.
  2. Here today, here tomorrow: Because you want a supplier you can trust to deliver for you now and in the future, we offer the reassurance of having weathered numerous economic highs and lows! As a firmly-established market leader, this isn’t our first challenging environment and won’t be the last.
  3. A professional partner: Our clients often turn to us for advice, technical information, expert product knowledge and for our cooperation to deliver against tight cost and time demands. Our door is always open for clients who want help to make the right interior glass partition happen within exacting budgets and timescales. Just ask.

In short: we’re here for our clients and want to help. Whatever you’re facing, we’ve helped clients face challenges before. And we’ll be proud to do the same now and into the future.

Why MetroWall?

At MetroWall we do things a little differently, and it all comes down to one simple ethos: ‘if you want something done well, do it yourself’!

We design, manufacture, store and install our glass partitions ourselves right here in New York. Our delivery even uses our own drivers so we know everything is just right for you, every time.

Ultimately, professionals work for us for two big reasons: our 15 years of experience and our local inventory as – bottom line – means expertise without the delays!

For product inspiration plus sustainability and LEED data click here. To speak to a MetroWall partitional wall specialist simply contact us. We’re in your corner and we’re here to help.

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Five Reasons a MetroWall Glass Partition is a Sustainable Choice

Sustainability is becoming more important by the day. With climate change high on the agenda, many of us in the construction industry are thinking of ways we can build and design spaces that don’t just do good for the occupants but do good for the planet too.

When it comes to an interior redesign there are a number of factors to consider, one of which is the material to use for partitions and walls. Fabric and drywall are construction industry stalwarts but is there a superior choice available? We say, yes.

Glass Partitions are a worthier choice for several reasons. Not only can glass maximize the use of space, increase productivity and boost staff well-being, it can also make for a greener build.

Want to know why? Here, we’ve put together our…

Top five reasons a MetroWall glass partition is a sustainable choice for a workspace:

1. Glass is recyclable

Glass is one of the most sustainable materials around. It’s fully recyclable and can be used over and over again without a drop in quality.

2. Glass production creates less waste

The amount of waste produced during the manufacture of glass is low and most of the waste can be collected, remelted and used to produce new glass.

3. Glass can reduce energy consumption

Glass facilitates the flow of natural light, which doesn’t just contribute to increased staff wellbeing but also saves on the amount of energy used.

4. MetroWall glass is locally manufactured

We probably *could* reach out to Europe or China for our glass manufacturer but we don’t. We use local manufacturers to ensure our carbon footprint is kept to a minimum and our lead times are rapid.

5. MetroWall partitions can be used again

Our glass partition and wall ranges allow for hundreds of different configurations. So, if you’re looking to change your office space and you have MetroWall partitions in place, you can demount and recreate the right office environment for your changing needs.

Want to make sure your office redesign fits with your green credentials?

At MetroWall, we exist to make your life simpler. We offer the complete package for your office fit out: from design to installation, we’ll be with you every step of the way. We have decades of experience in the industry yet we keep on top of every advance and innovation through our dedicated R&D investments. We also work to a three-week lead time, which is the quickest in the industry.

Find out more by contact us via the button below or download our brochures now.

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