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Mock-Up Testing: Essential Support for Success

March 2, 2023

The mock-up and testing process for commercial windows is an important step in the design and construction process of a building. A window mock-up is a full-sized, representative sample of a window that is constructed to evaluate its performance, durability, and aesthetics. The mock-up is typically installed on-site or in a testing facility to simulate real-world conditions and test its performance against various factors such as weather, wind, and water.

The window mock-up testing process involves several stages, including:

  1. Design and fabrication of the mock-up: The first step is to design and fabricate the mock-up, which includes selecting the appropriate materials, size, and style of the Quaker Commercial Windows & Doors  product that is best for your project.
  2. Pre-installation testing: Before the window mock-up is installed, it is tested for various performance metrics such as air infiltration, water penetration, and structural integrity. Quaker Commercial Windows & Doors also performs rigorous in-house testing during the manufacturing process to ensure our products go into the field prepared to perform at the highest standards.
  3. Installation and field testing: Once the mock-up is installed on-site, it is subjected to various field tests, including structural, thermal, safety, and sound, to evaluate its performance in real-world conditions. These tests may include exposing the window to simulated harsh weather conditions, wind pressure, and other factors that it may encounter in the actual building.
  4. Post-installation evaluation: After the field testing is complete, the mock-up is evaluated for any defects or performance issues. Any necessary adjustments or modifications are made to ensure that the window meets the required performance standards.
  5. Documentation: Finally, the results of the testing process are documented, and a report is prepared that outlines the performance characteristics of the window. This report is often used to inform the selection of windows for the actual building.

Overall, the commercial window mock-up and testing process is an essential step in ensuring that the window systems installed in a building meet the performance, aesthetic, and functional requirements of the project’s overarching design . By evaluating Quaker Windows & Doors product performance in real-world conditions, architects can ensure that the final building design meets the highest standards of quality and performance.

For performance testing, or to arrange mock-up testing for your project, please contact the Quaker Commercial Windows & Doors Sales Representative in your area