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3 Considerations When Choosing a Commercial Door Supplier

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It’s a safe bet that if you’re in need of a commercial door, you’re not sure where to start. These doors aren’t the sort of thing you’d find at the local hardware store or even at one of those big box home improvement warehouses. After all, a commercial door isn’t usually what you’d need for a home improvement project.

Choosing a commercial door supplier doesn’t have to be daunting. If it could be an easy process, wouldn’t that make a big difference? We believe it would, which is why we built our business around making it as easy as possible for you. Here are 3 things you need to consider when choosing a commercial door supplier.

1. Easy Customization

The fact is, not all doors are the same, so it makes sense that your commercial door supplier would happily allow customization and make it easy.

Suppose that you need to replace an existing door. In that case, your commercial door requirements likely fall into one of two categories. Either you need a custom size because something about your existing door is not standard, or you need a custom feature so that your replacement door can match existing designs.

Door customization is often a priority in the case of a new construction or a total remodel. Perhaps you need uniformity throughout the structure, or the architect stipulated a detail that’s not exactly the norm. 

Whatever the case, the ability to customize your commercial doors is crucial. You should be able to easily order custom:

  • Door packages
  • Door slabs
  • Commercial door hardware

Or even upload your own plans.

The best commercial door supplier will have a user-friendly online tool that lets you see what you’ll get, customize your order, and quickly get what you need. 

2. Instant Quote Pricing

The best supplier will make it easy to see your options right upfront and won’t keep you in the dark about what it will cost you. In fact, it would be even better if your commercial door supplier made it easy to get an accurate quote even when you’ve selected custom options like:

  • Center rails
  • Continuous hinges
  • Tempered or insulated glass
  • Hollow doors
  • Fire doors

There was a time when getting things done was a real pain. Remember the days when there was just a catalog with some part numbers and maybe a drawing of what you needed? Then you had to call someone, wait on hold, and try to communicate what it was you were looking for. 

It’s a good thing that these days, technology has moved on to the point where you can just breeze through an online gallery, select the options you want, and help yourself at your own pace. 

If your commercial door supplier doesn’t allow you to see exactly what you’re getting and provide an accurate, reliable quote for your precise requirements, it’s probably time you look elsewhere.

3. Fast, Secure Shipping

Some people are still doing business like it’s the 20th century. If you manage to get your order in, it’s highly unlikely that it will ship anytime soon. Worst case scenario, you may hear about it when it falls out of the back of the truck months from now in some out-of-the-way distribution center. 

Not only will it be the wrong door or part number, but it will also probably have been damaged. You need a commercial door supplier that offers fast, secure shipping, especially for in-stock, industry-standard items. 

If you’re a commercial contractor or commercial construction project manager, you know how important it is that your suppliers honor their commitments and are able to deliver on time. You can’t hold up the next phase of the job waiting on materials to show up; they need to get to you when you need them. 

A great rule of thumb is to require your supplier to ship your commercial doors within five days of you ordering them, especially if they’re stock items. If your supplier can’t deliver the goods on your timeline, perhaps you’d be better off working with a company that can.

CDF Distributors: The Company that Can

CDF Distributors is the commercial door supplier that can provide all of the above and then some. With our Pro Build tool, you can spec and get instant quotes for any commercial door, door kit, or parts you require. Additionally, all stock orders ship in three to five days. If you’re ready to work with the best, contact CDF Distributors today.










September 27, 2022
Wayne Foreman

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