Find a Masonry Supplier
So you need to find a commercial masonry supplier?
Masons are responsible for building foundations, walkways, walls, monuments and even entire buildings. They are often a major load bearer in larger commercial projects. Common commercial masonry materials include stone, brick, mortar, tile, pavers, grout and concrete. That said, the quality of materials is imperative to the success of many commercial builds, making it necessary for masonry contractors to vet potential commercial masonry suppliers.
What to consider when choosing a commercial masonry supplier
What to do before committing to a commercial masonry manufacturer?
1. Ask about the types of projects the company typically services:
- Make sure the manufacturer is prepared to supply the amount of materials needed for larger commercial builds.
- Ask about lead times for different types of materials. Lead times may be longer for certain materials if the specific type, size and color needed is not immediately on-hand.
2. Review the commercial masonry supplier’s history and reputation in the industry
- Find out how long the supplier has been in business. A good masonry supplier will have a lengthy list of past clients that you can reach out to for recommendations or reviews. Strong expertise also means that they can provide helpful consultation on the materials you need for the project.
- Read online reviews and take note of any comments regarding late deliveries or inaccurate shipments.
3. Research the commercial masonry supplier’s warranty policy:
- Do they have a well-defined offer of assurances and/or guarantees?
- How long does the manufacturer cover damages to products and what is their policy regarding buy-back?
- Some masonry suppliers offer quality inspections post-installation.
- Ask about weather resistance of materials.
4. Evaluate cost factors:
- Consult with the general contractor for a masonry budget and take it to your supplier for an accurate estimate of the amount of materials needed.
- Thoroughly evaluate the quality and features of the masonry offered. Shop around between different suppliers to find the best quality for the lowest price. Don’t forget to ask about potential delivery fees, and if possible, look for a supplier who offers free delivery.
How to find a good commercial masonry manufacturer near me?
Billd offers a robust supplier directory to help you build your list of contenders for commercial masonry suppliers. Once you’ve compiled your list of suppliers, you can start to assess specific product offerings and select the masonry supplier that will best service your project.
What kind of commercial masonry materials do I need?
While a myriad of factors play into selecting the right masonry supplier for your project, the materials you use ultimately depend on client preference, durability, project size and budget. Different options for masonry materials include:
- Concrete mix
- Fast-setting concrete
- Crack-resistant mix
- High-strength concrete
- All-purpose gravel
- Mortar mix
- Blended Mason Mix
- Cement Type N Masonry
- Cement Type S Masonry
- Surface-Bonding Cement
- Heavy-Duty Masonry Coating
- Concrete Resurfacer
- Crack Sealer
- Vinyl Concrete Patch
- Hydraulic Cement
- Anchoring Cement
What methods of payment do commercial masonry suppliers accept?
Many masonry manufacturers are flexible and willing to work with installers on payment methods, including the following options:
- Supplier Terms - Terms are a standard payment method in the construction industry and typically offer 15, 30 or 45 days for payback. Longer terms can help free up your cash flow, but masonry suppliers may charge higher prices for longer payment terms. Some suppliers offer small discounts for upfront cash payments.
- Material purchase financing - This type of financing is designed to mutually benefit both contractors and suppliers by giving the contractor extended payment terms up to 120-days, triple the length of time the supplier could offer otherwise. This gives you the ability to buy materials now and pay it back after you’ve been paid for the project. Billd is the ideal payment option for your commercial building materials that don’t have longer lead times.
- Cash - Paying cash is often a preferred payment option for material suppliers and masonry suppliers are no different. Some suppliers may incentivise this type of payment by offering cash discounts for up front payments, but many contractors do not have the amount of cash needed for such large purchases on hand.
- Company Credit Cards - Company credits are typically a last resort because they have a lower limit and heightened rates. Additionally, masonry suppliers may charge a fee for using a credit card.