The Advantages of Vertical Drive-Thru Windows

The Advantages of Vertical Drive-Thru Windows


We see them often in the food service industry. Vertical slider windows are commonly used in drive-throughs, interior walk-up windows for customers, and even employee-to-employee interaction in restaurants. They come in many different shapes and sizes and can be customized for the differing and unique demands of each particular business. What one restaurant or food service business may need in their vertical sliding service window, may not be what the next business wants.

But the advantages across the board that vertical sliding windows bring to businesses is what makes them popular, no matter the application. Here are the three to four major advantages of vertical slider windows.

  1. Perfect for Small Spaces

Particularly in drive-through applications, if a restaurant’s layout is cramped or small, a vertical sliding window fits easily in that space. In horizontally-sliding windows, there needs to be space on the left, right, or both, for a window to slide into. But for businesses that either don’t have space for a large enough opening or would rather save space in their window pass-through area, these horizontal-sliding windows aren’t the best fit. By eliminating the need for a larger width in an opening, a vertical sliding window provides the same functionality, but in a smaller space.

  1. Versatile Automation

The automation possibilities, most applicable in vertical drive-thru windows, make serving customers easy and efficient. There are a few varieties in how automation can be applied to a vertical drive-thru window.

First, the window can automatically open as the service attendee is approaching it, and then automatically close when they walk away. Much like automated doors in retail stores that open when customers approach and close when they sense no one else approaching, this automation makes it easier for employees to bring products to the window and pass them through to a customer when their hands are full.

Second, a vertical sliding service window can be outfitted with a “hands-free” sensor that will open and close with the wave of a hand. These are easy to use and will allow service attendees to walk up to the window without triggering an automatic open, but they can still simply wave their hand when they’re ready to open the window as a customer drives up. With another wave, they can close the window when not in use.

  1. Interior/Exterior Application

Vertical open windows are great for businesses with exterior-facing service windows. When built with a stainless-steel counter extending between the inside and outside, customers can walk up to the counter and be served food and other products through the window. The windows can be installed in a larger size to accommodate multiple service points and multiple lines of customers.

This is also applicable in sit-down service situations. Open the windows during business hours when the weather is nice and allow customers to sit at the counter and be served.

  1. Employee-to-Employee Interaction

Specifically, in the restaurant industry, servers who bring food from the kitchen to the customer need a designated area from which to pick up the food. Vertical opening windows are an effective space that kitchen crew can drop off food to be picked up by servers to run to the table and can be customized to most sizes required.

When looking for the appropriate industrial windows for your company, it’s important to choose the type that fits your needs, wants, and budget. Easi-Serv has been manufacturing pass through windows for more than 40 years, and we know that precision, design, dependability, and strength are critical to a business when it comes to windows. All of our windows are backed by a 5-year best-in-industry warranty. Contact us or find a price quote online for your vertical sliding window.