As a contractor or builder you know that the best examples of your work are the commercial construction projects you’ve completed whether they’re for a retail property, hotels and motels, apartment complexes or even as a part of a military contract. You know that many people will see the building, so you want only the best quality associated with your name — not to mention that you want that word of mouth reference to get around so you can continually build your commercial construction business. Your work will be talked about whether it’s good or bad but top notch work is the best word of mouth advertising you’ll ever get. Customer service and quality workmanship is wasted if you don’t use quality materials.
Windows: As you choose windows for commercial building projects you’ll have several factors to consider which includes:
• Whether an area is subject to high winds
• Coastal areas
• Energy performance
Different types of windows can give a building quite different looks. When shopping for windows for your customers’ buildings, you want to be able to choose from a variety of windows in one place. One style may have a great energy rating but won’t work well at all in high wind areas. The right building supply company has more than a few types of windows available and should be your go-to company for building supplies.
Insulation: Even though the customer may never see the insulation you install in their building, they’ll definitely know the quality by how much they pay in utilities. A good insulation should reduce energy consumption and should integrate with the HVAC system. Quality insulation shouldn’t be adversely affected by humidity or dampness and should last. Depending on where you commercial construction project is located, you may need different types of insulation. Choose from:
• Rolls and batts of fiberglass
• Blow in insulation
• Cellulose insulation
• Mineral wool
• Rigid insulation
• House wraps
A good building supply company can tell you the different properties of each type of insulation and help you choose the best type for your commercial building project and specific locations.
Cabinets: Your customers want cabinets that are highly functional and fit well in the overall design of the project but still fit inside their overall budget. You can help your customer choose a great-looking cabinet that fits the budget if you have many different cabinets to choose from or can design your own cabinets for kitchens, bathrooms, game rooms, bars and entertainment venues. Design centers will help you to either come up with custom designs or will help you choose from pre-made but high quality cabinets. You’ll want to keep in mind these factors when deciding which cabinets are required:
• Solid wood fronts and boxes
• Painted or stained, and what color to match the room
• Hardware — hinges and knobs, or no knobs
• Width, depth and height
• What type of countertops you will be using with the bottom cabinets?
• Purpose – Are the cabinets mostly decorative for public consumption or more utilitarian in purpose If for residential use, you may want a more decorative cabinet, and for easy cleaning purposes, a cabinet with a smoother front if the cabinets are going to be used in a setting where workers may be fingerprints all over them.
Even though these are just a very few parts of any commercial construction project, they could very well be some of the most important aspects when it comes to your customers.