Choosing the right construction materials is obviously important for any building project or renovation. But while the material buying process may at first seem cut and dry, it’s much more intricate than meets the eye and can be quite frustrating for new buyers. Fortunately, there are a handful of simple fundamentals to follow. We’ll give you five expert tips that cover what you need to know:
1. Durability is King
While many contractors have the budget of the project at the forefront on their minds, only the best contractors know to consider the durability of their materials first no matter the dollar sign. What good is a flimsy product if it’s going to degrade in just a handful of years? Do your research first by comparing the quality of the products and focusing on only that.
2. What Warranty Timeframe are You After?
When we’re talking about durability, we’re also talking about warranties. A number of materials are warrantied to be free of defects from the manufacturer in various timeframes. Think about what timeframe of warranty fits the project the best, and then stick with it. Don’t forget to make sure that all the materials going into the project have the same warranty time limit! There wouldn’t be any point to a subfloor with a 20-year guarantee if the walls are, say, limited lifetime.
3. Remember Your Ecological Impact
It’s nice to know that more sustainable options are available nowadays than in previous years. If you have the option to select ecologically friendly materials that do not sacrifice quality, we certainly encourage you to do so. Building by nature is not in itself an ecological process, but every bit we can do helps our neighbors on planet Earth out a little more at a time. You may even find better grade materials that also happen to be more eco-friendly. Green buildings also happen to be an attractive selling point when the time comes to look for occupants and businesses for your new building.
4. Cost, of Course, Isn’t Forgotten
Not all durable materials are necessarily expensive. You may even find more durable comparisons that are cheaper than the other ones! Select what’s practical to get based on what you need. If you have a tight budget to work with, there are always ways to make it work without having to sacrifice too much. If you’re buying in bulk, talk with the supplier to see if they can cut you a packaged deal. It’s not uncommon to get discounts if you’re ordering large quantities from the same seller. You may also want to consider whether the said materials are originally domestic or foreign. Like any other materials, carefully examine their features to determine which kind is the best fit for your project. Just as with pricing, not all foreign materials are considered the best in the industry, and not all domestic materials may be great. It’s really an apples to apples and oranges to oranges comparison.
5. Get an Expert Involved
Last but not least, make sure you don’t go it alone when it comes to selecting construction materials. A well-seasoned expert in the business like MH Williams can discern what’s good and what’s not based from their experience and will look out for your best interest. Make sure they have the correct licensing first before listening to their advice. MH Williams, for example, is officially licensed in Florida to handle a variety of commercial building projects. An unlicensed “expert” will get you into hot water fast.
Feeling overwhelmed about the selection process for construction materials? Let MH Williams take care of it. With a full suite of general contracting, construction management, and design-build services on board, you can rest easy knowing that your building project is in the right hands. For questions or concerns, contact us today and we’ll help you get started. Before you know it, your next building will be up and ready in no time – the right way!