When should I order my doors?
Juggling tradesmen and cash flow can make managing a build a tricky business. You don’t want to order materials too soon but at the same time, you don’t want your builders standing around waiting for products to arrive.
Bi-folding and sliding doors are bespoke items so there’s going to be a manufacturing lead time. Lead times can vary from 5 days to 12 weeks so it’s important to decide on the glazing products early on in your planning.
Once you’ve decided on the product, you need to decide who will be installing them. Will it be your builder or the glazing company? If it's your builder then he will be able to tell you when he wants delivery. Using the manufacturers lead time you will know when to place the order.
If it's the glazing company you need to find out what their installation lead times are. The door may be manufactured in 5 days but their installation lead time might be much longer.
If your supplier is carrying out the install they will want to visit the site to take some measurements. Inform your supplier as soon as the builders have created the opening. it's at this point you will place your order. Lead times generally start only after the survey has taken place.
1. Decide on the product and supplier early on.
2. Ask what the manufacturing and install lead times are
3. Decide on who is installing your doors
4. If it’s the builder ask when he needs them and work back from there
5. If it’s the glazing company, let your builders know the lead time will start from when the opening is ready so he can prioritise it.
6. Keep all communication channels open, and regularly check in with your builder and glazing company.