written by Bushbury Cladding, specialist manufacturers and suppliers of roofing supplies
When it comes to the building industry, competition for business can be extremely tough. Ensuring you have a well-respected reputation within the area you work in can go some way toward giving you an edge over your competitors, but this can take time to build up.
An extremely easy way to ensure you don’t harm your reputation by completing subpar work is to invest in high-quality building supplies for any project you are going to undertake. Not only will you benefit from ensuring your projects have longevity, but you will also find that high-quality supplies are much easier to work with than their cheaper versions.
In this article, we will take you through what actually defines quality building supplies and why you should invest in them throughout your career.
What Defines Quality Supplies?
There are several ways to ensure you are investing in quality building supplies. Here are some of the most important things to look out for when purchasing any products for your next building project:
- Certifications held by the manufacturer – A good indicator that a manufacturer is producing quality building supplies is checking to see if they have standard compliance certificates.
- Official documentation – Any supplies you purchase should come with proper certification. There should be a certificate of origin, an accredited laboratory test certificate and a product type approval certificate with construction supplies.
- Packaging – To ensure the quality of the product is maintained, building supplies should be packaged and stored in the correct way. When purchasing from a supplier, check the quality of the packaging materials and the condition of the warehouse to guarantee the products are in good condition.
It’s a fair assumption that investing in quality supplies means that you need to spend more money, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Spending time shopping around suppliers can be very beneficial for your company in the long run, as it will reduce your overall costs, allowing you to pass on some of those savings to the customer. You’ll also find that some suppliers have access to higher quality products at more reasonable prices.
Why Invest in Quality Supplies?
There are a number of reasons to invest in quality supplies when carrying out building projects for your customers. Here are just a few of the most important:
It’s fair to say that the reputation of your company can make or break your business, so ensuring that you do all that you can to build trust with your customers is vital. A key thing that you need to consider is the quality of the work completed, as this can have a huge impact on the overall satisfaction of your customer. While part of this comes down to the skill that you and your employees bring to the project, it’s also important to factor in the quality of the supplies you’re using.
If you are using subpar products throughout the build, you’ll find it much harder to have a long-lasting, high-quality end product, resulting in a very unhappy customer, should premature deterioration take place.
It’s especially important to invest in the very best quality supplies when it comes to fitting a new roof, due to the risk of potential problems being considerably higher than other areas of the home. If you do choose to utilise cheaper materials, you could be found out pretty quickly, as rain could cause the roof to leak in a short amount of time. If there are issues with any work that you carry out after a short period of time this can be extremely harmful for your reputation in the local area. So, it’s best to minimise the risk of any issues arising by always opting for high-quality supplies for all of your projects.
In the building trade, if you are able to build genuine relationships with customers and conduct work of a high-quality, you will find yourself having plenty of repeat custom throughout the years. It’s also worth noting that customers who are pleased with your work will likely recommend your company to friends and family in the future, allowing you to reap the benefits of your previous good work.
When you’re in the process of quoting for customers, it’s also worth considering having a conversation about your business’ focus on ensuring you only invest in the very best quality supplies for your projects. You could discuss the benefits they will see from only using quality supplies, such as a vastly improved build quality and the probability of the build lasting considerably longer than if cheaper quality supplies were used. Being open about your commitment to ensuring your work is of the highest quality is a fantastic way to gain the trust of your customer from the outset.
The best way to think about increasing the quality of your supplies is as an investment. You can guarantee that utilising the very best-quality supplies, coupled with work carried out in a timely manner to a high standard will result in plenty of repeat business and recommendations from happy customers.