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You wouldn't buy a car unpainted, would you?
May 19, 2016
You wouldn’t buy a car unpainted, would you? If you did, it would rot and rust and I’d argue whether the car manufacturer would support providing you with any warranty at all. Why should your doors and windows be any different?
The standard of doors and windows in Australia has fallen well below world industry standards and some would argue that it has actually gone backwards, and pre finished goods is an area that has added to this.
During our early stages of business in our travels to Germany sourcing new products, attending trade shows and meeting new suppliers, we were invited into a window and door manufacturing business. After spending some time there, we got to know the business and had an opportunity to talk to some of the managers. The Germans were left absolutely gobsmacked when we explained that windows and doors weren’t pre finished in Australia. “How can you live with yourselves, you’re only doing half the job”, “You wouldn’t buy a BMW or Mercedes unpainted, would you”, “You can’t call yourself a window and door manufacturer!”, was some of the scrutiny we received. The fact that each single part, of each single unit was stained before it was assembled, and any hardware was installed meant that every single milometer of the product was sealed and protected.
A lot about that experience made sense. How could we be expected to deliver high performance, quality products, that were going to last the test of time that weren’t fully finished? How could a painter onsite possibly get into every single area of the units once it was assembled? They couldn’t, unless it was dissembled, it would be impossible! After realizing this, it became evident of what we needed to do to deliver World Standard Products. So I’ll ask again, you wouldn’t buy a car unstained, why should your windows be any different?