Delivery time custom glass and mirrors

Delivery time custom glass and mirrors
31 October 2017 722 view(s)

The production and delivery times of (custom) glass and mirrors can vary considerably. In case of emergency, a simple glass plate may be ready for collection in Oosterhout within 3 - 5 working days, while it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a tempered laminated glass plate with treatments to be delivered. What are these differences? We will try to give you a little more insight into the basics of flat glass, which will ultimately give you more insight and understanding of production and delivery times.


What affects the delivery time of glass?

The following factors influence the production and delivery times of custom glass and mirrors:

Moment op placing order
Order processing
Type of glass
Stock availability
Production planning and capacity glass manufacturer
Quality control


Moment of placing order

The processing of glass is usually done by companies that fall under the construction industry. These companies will be closed during the construction holiday (3 weeks) and the holidays in December (2 weeks). It is very busy around these periods, because everyone wants to have their glass before closing. And when the factories are back after the closure, there is a whole pile of orders waiting for them. Please take into account longer delivery times during these periods and order well in time.


Order processing

If an order is placed with clear details and correct invoice and shipping information, this saves a lot of time in order processing. In the event of ambiguities or doubts about the correctness of the order, we will only proceed with the order to production if we have received clarity from the customer that everything is correct. In this way we avoid many disappointments afterwards. We normally send an order to the factory the same day in order not to lose unnecessary time. In case of extreme crowds, holidays, etc. there may be a day's delay.


Type of glass

The type of glass plays a major role in the delivery time. Untoughened single glass cannot be compared to, for example, fire-resistant glass. The complexity of the product has a major influence on the production time.


Stock availability

Not every manufacturer has all types of glass (and/or in unlimited quantities) in stock. If a certain type of glass is not (anymore) in stock, the stock will first have to be replenished before your order can be made. In general, this is well organized and there are very few delays in this area.


Production planning and capacity of the glass manufacturer

If you order a glass plate in a certain model, with grinding operations and perhaps holes and/or sandblasting, you will have to deal with extra actions. Each of these operations takes extra time and therefore has an impact on production time. Tempering glass is also an extra action that takes extra time. As a result, the delivery time of tempered glass is longer than that of non-tempered glass.

If you need a simple glass plate without further processing, if this type of glass is in stock, and the glass manufacturer has the time to make it immediately, it is practically made within 5-10 minutes. Unfortunately, it doesn't work this way. Production processes are optimized to keep costs low; orders are collected and cut to size with the highest possible cutting efficiency (and therefore minimal cutting loss). And just like with the queue at the checkout, there are already customers ahead of you and you will have to wait a while before your order is actually scheduled. This production and capacity planning is made by the glass manufacturer and is based on, among other things, other orders of the same type of glass that must be made. This is more favorable for the price that you ultimately pay as a customer and of course better for the environment.


Quality control

When the production is finally finished, a quality control follows. And was the glass made incorrectly or damaged? Then we start all over again....



But of course we assume good production and then it is the turn of the logistics. To keep the delivery costs as low as possible for you, planning must be done as efficiently as possible. Partly because of this, fixed routes and special planning software are used. The day of delivery depends on your delivery address (town). As a result, the glass may be ready for 4 days before it is actually delivered. Good planning also has the advantage that we can inform you approximately 2 working days before delivery at what time your order will be delivered.

If you want to collect glass quickly, it is best to opt for Glas Afhaal Centrum in Oosterhout (near Breda). This is where the glass comes in from the factory. From Oosterhout it is transported to 's-Hertogenbosch on Thursdays. There too, it can happen that glass has been in for 4 days and only then comes to 's-Hertogenbosch.


What is the final production and delivery time for glass?


You could generally say that these are the standard production and delivery times for glass:

single float glass: 5 to 10 working days
colored float glass: 5 to 10 working days
painted float glass: 10 to 15 working days
tempered glass: 10 to 15 working days
standard and colored mirrors 4 and 6 mm: 5 to 10 working days
special mirrors (double-sided, confrontation, mirror 8 mm, with safety film): 10 to 15 working days
laminated glass: 7 to 10 working days
patterned glass: 5 to 15 working days
laminated - tempered glass: 15 - 20 working days
tempered lacquered glass: 15 - 20 working days