Why are formed openings better than cut openings?

In this edition of “Ask Tracy”, President of Shelter Works Tracy Switzer answers the question “Why are formed openings better than cut openings?”.


Hi, I’m Tracy Switzer and today I’m going to answer the question, “Why are formed openings better than cut openings?”

Just about every building we manufacture requires some kind of openings, through the walls or through the roof, whether it be for an air conditioner, ventilation, certainly doorways, piping, mechanical, electrical, exhaust fans, it could be anything.

Most manufacturers are satisfied to make a building and then cut the opening with a saw. It is quicker and easier to do it that way, but quicker and easier isn’t always better.

Cutting the openings in the building exposes the composite laminate. If not properly sealed up, water can sometimes migrate down between the layers and can quickly cause problems.

At Shelter Works, we form all of our openings in the molding process. We figure out the dimensions of the item, and we create a quick, temporary form that gets used and adhered into the mold. And when we make the part, we form around that temporary mold.

After the part’s made, we knock that temporary mold out and it leaves us with a perfectly formed opening, the right size, right dimensions, and solid, no exposure to the core. And then that item would fit right in there, like that.

We can form openings just about any size, any shape, any location and any depth. In this particular case, we formed an opening about 5 inches deep and the extra deep flange provides support for a heavy air conditioner that will be mounted on this wall.

We know that sometimes you’ll need an opening for things you’ll be installing in the field after the building leaves our factory. If you know the size of the opening you need and where it needs to be, tell us, and we’ll form the opening for you, and we’ll do it the right way. Forming the openings maintains the integrity of the building and it prevents against water damage. This is just another demonstration of how, if it was built by Shelter Works, it was built for life.