Evaluating subcontractors with niche expertise
There is an abundance of subcontractors out there to do general work for both residential and commercial needs. However, finding quality subcontractors with niche expertise for specialty projects is just as hard as trying to find a needle in a haystack. It could be exhausting searching for that subcontractor who understands and sees your vision for the project and helps deliver to your clients. This is true for architects and home designers who have taken time to understand their client’s vision and transform it into reality. The final step is finding a trusted subcontractor that shares the same passion.
We understand. That’s why when finding someone to implement that vision, you don’t need just any subcontractor, you need a subject matter expert! Finding glazing experts are among this niche expertise. Glaziers are challenging to find, predominantly because the average consumer doesn’t quite understand who they are and why they are essential when wanting to install custom glass fixtures.
By not choosing a glazier with years of experience working on a custom fitting colorback shower wall panels or glass kitchen backsplashes, you may not get the quality that’s expected. As a result, your money invested will be a loss.
The bottom line - Specialty projects deserve top niche contractors – here’s how to find them.
Make sure they are professional and experienced.
When searching for a glazing contractor, make sure their work exhibits expert craftsmanship. By definition, a glazier is someone who installs glass in windows, skylights, storefronts, and display cases to create distinctive designs or reduce the need for artificial lighting. In a way, they are an artist of glass.
You also want to get a feel of their professionalism with their past clients. Use a reputable company with reviews that express excellent customer service and can capture the vision and passion from the project’s requirements.
Make sure their installations meet the glass and home inspection requirements
All glass and glazing companies are not created equal. The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) has strict guidelines that glazier’s should follow when installing glass fixtures inside the home.
For example, the ASTM C1048, Standard Specification for Heat-Strengthened and Fully Tempered Flat Glass, measures glass strength, overall bow, localized bow, dimension, hole, notches, and cut-out tolerances and product labeling. This standard is essential when installing in homes with children.
Make sure the subcontractor you select meets these standards - even for tasks to install customized artistic work.
Offer Reasonable Pricing.
Most companies that seek glaziers are architects and interior or exterior designers. They are looking for reasonable pricing, but more importantly, someone who they can build a long-term relationship with. It’s no fun having to search for new subcontractors for every project. So, while pricing is important, the relationship is a priority. Also, it’s not wise to focus on finding the cheapest contractor as the infamous phrase goes, “you get what you pay for.” However, their quality of work must be reflective of their price tags. Still do your due diligence during your search but keep the quality of work as a high priority when seeking customized craftsmanship from an experienced glazier.
You will find plenty of articles on the internet on how to best search for a quality subcontractor. After you’ve gathered your research, it is always best to pick up the phone and give them a call! Learn about their services and how they can help turn your vision into reality.
Don’t be scared to ask the tough questions, especially on installation inspection requirements, as you want to invest your funds in a company that won’t have you in trouble years later. Build trust by scheduling consultation meetings.
Here at Eridion Glass, we pride ourselves as being experienced glaziers. Craftsmen who are not afraid to answer all questions and build lasting relationships for all of your projects. Contact us to start the conversation.