Clearview North May 2013 - Issue 138 - Page 98

bi-folddoctor Finding the right supplier For the bi-fold doctor Terry Richardson’s latest column he discusses the buoyant aluminium sector and what installers should look for in a bi-fold supplier… In this column I usually discuss technical issues related to bi-folding doors but this month I am going to discuss a wider issue related to bi-folds. What should installers look for in a supplier? A boom product No doubt about it, bi-folding doors represent a profitable business opportunity. But this popularity has meant a ‘flooding’ of entrants to the market of manufacturers diversifying into making this product and looking to take market share. More and more companies are beginning to manufacture and supply aluminium and PVCu bi-folding doors and offer installer ‘support’ packages. Finding the right supplier Manufacturers who supply cheap, badly made products and offer insufficient technical advice and training are responsible for stunting opportunities in this lucrative growth market. With this in mind it’s worth finding out how long your supplier has been manufacturing bi-folding doors – and what is their level of expertise? There is nothing wrong with new companies entering the market but what will this mean for product quality and turnaround if the necessary infrastructure isn’t in place. Mass-producing PVCu vs. crafting aluminium But choosing the wrong supplier can scupper ѡ́չ䁙ȁх̸()䁥ԁ䁥յմ̰ݡɔɕձȁՔѼѡȁѡѥ̰ɕ͕́ɕЁɕѠ5ՙɥյմɕեɕ́ѕ䁑ɕЁ͕ЁѼɽՍAY ԁ́Սхȁ͡ձȁȁѡЁٕ́хɅɽՍЁٕЁ丁%Ёх́ѥѼեѥ͔()ѡ́ѽ՝єхȁ́ѼɔѡeɔݥѠѡٕ䁉и=٥ͱ䁥ӊéЁѼЁх́Ѽɬɕͥ́ͅɽ́ѡU/éɥѽ́Ёͽ䁱ѼѡȁȁɕѥѡЃaԁЁݡЁԁ䁙ˊdձѡѵ́ѕиQՑѡѥ䁅ɥeЁ՝ЁЁѡ䁍ɹѡɥЁȁ́ѕɅѼɥՍ̸ȁɔɵѥQ]HQɅɅ́ĀԀȁ٥ͥЁܸјլ((()Q!5d́%MMUMA=9M=I dUI1`()Qɕɔ٥ͥЁܹ٥ܵլ((