6 valuable things you are missing if you are not sourcing your project doors, frames, and door hardware from a National Account Specialist for nationwide projects:
With many construction projects going on at once it, is easy to ignore the doors, frames, and door hardware. But, there are some very valuable features that you are also missing out on if you are not buying from a National Account Specialist. Here are 6 of the most important:
- Standardization of Material
There has been a lot of time spent of making sure the door materials meet your security, function, appearance, quality, and code needs. But, if you the material is being sourced from a local door distributor for each project, those standards will routinely be ignored. For example, retail construction has very short build schedules which will not allow for the prototypical materials to be factory ordered. Instead, you will get what they have on the shelf. These materials will rarely match the specified standard materials.
Value: By reaching a stocking agreement with a door distributor that specializes in National Accounts, the material supplied on every project will match the established standards for security, function, appearance, quality, and codes.
- Reduced Project Costs
By combining all of the construction projects, we are able to negotiate with our door, door frame, and hardware manufacturers on higher quantities, and pass the savings on to our customer. There is a significant savings versus the current model of buying each project individually.
Value: A door distributor that specializes in National Accounts can negotiate based on a prototypical project build schedule for a reduced cost per project.
- Minimized Construction Delays
How great would it be to know that all of the door materials are sitting in a warehouse waiting for you to need them? That is exactly how a National Account Stocking Agreement works. Your prototypical materials will be stocked instead of factory ordered. Project materials or change orders will ship from inventory instead of being subject to extended factory lead-times. Your door materials will ship in days, not weeks.
Value: You will not have to worry about delays, security issues, or the doors holding up the other trades. Your doors, frames, and door hardware will be on site when they are needed.
- Industry and Project Expertise
A door distributor that specializes in National Accounts can refine your prototypical materials to fit your specific needs and goals. This will include recommending the correct materials for the functionality, cost, appearance, security, and required building codes. They can also work with the Architect to write specifications and hardware schedules.
Specific projects are assigned to an Account Team which understands the specific account needs and materials inside an out. This team will maintain the product standards and specifications as established by the Architect and the account’s corporate construction team. Door industry expertise is infused in the planning and execution of each project.
Value: After the standard materials have been established, a dedicated account team will ensure that they standards are followed, and modified as required to meet your needs.
- Warranty Management
Warranties can be a complex process without a National Account Vendor. If a piece of hardware fails, you must contact the General Contractor, who has to contact the local distributor who supplied the product, who then contacts the factory, who then sends out a replacement part. A National Account Agreement simplifies the process and minimizes down time.
Value: One touch warranty management on materials with a National Account Agreement.
- Custom Materials
Your doors do not have to be boring. They can be a part of your brand. Imagine a custom color, door design, hardware that incorporates a logo, or overall design that fits the design aesthetic. It is all available, but long lead-time items. Purchasing for a local distributor would create problems, but with a National Account Stocking Agreement, the factory lead-time does not matter as it will become stock material. This represents a great opportunity to have your doors support your brand message.
Value: Custom designed materials specific for your projects that can ship in days not months.