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Lack of supply of windows and doors delays construction work in GTA

Local construction delays are being attributed to a “spotty” availability of windows and doors – key items necessary to build high-rises and single-family homes.

Lumber shortage has already been in shortage as the global supply chain management was caused by Covid-19 in the previous year. 

While the effect of lumber shortage was not huge, the shortage of supplies of windows and doors has increased the problem. It caused the demand to increase as the supply remains unaffected due to disturbances in the international supply chain system. The shortage of windows and doors is being experienced by different sectors of the housing industry. 

Vice-president of project management for the Tridel group of companies, a Toronto-based developer, Bruno Giancola, says delays have been noticed with the delivery of windows.

“The big commercial glazers (window suppliers) in Canada get some material, not all, but some from China. They seem to be experiencing a little bit of manufacturing and transportation issues,” Giancola explains.

“You’re missing one widget that goes into the assembly or manufacturing of a commercial window and it can stop you in your tracks,” said Giancola.

As per Giancola, the delays are resulting in changes of schedules at the Well, a massive mixed-use project near Spadina Avenue and Front Street West. 

Lowe’s spokesperson Valerie Gonzalo says standard doors and windows are not experiencing stock shortages at the company, but special order doors and windows are experiencing delays because of their longer lead times. 


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