What to look for in a building material supplier

building material ordered
Photo: Wavebreak Media Ltd via Bigstock

Any material used for construction purposes is known as a building material. There are different types of materials used in the construction of a building as such rocks, sand, wood, leaves, clay, etc.

Man made products, some more synthetic whilst others are less synthetic, are also used for construction purposes apart from the naturally occurring substances. The use of building materials is segmented into specific industries like roofing, insulation, carpentry and plumbing.

Manufacturing of these materials is an established industry in most of countries. Building materials help in making habitats and building our homes.

When we look for a good deal we often fall for this myth that a great price will fetch us a great deal. For an industry which relies heavily on the timely delivery of the right product to the right place, it is very important for the contractor to make sure he gets the best possible price while keeping the quality of the products to high standards.

As a result, you may sometimes need to pay up fro a quality service that ensures everything arrives on time and is the correct order. Choosing the right building material supplier is crucial to the success of the build.

Here are a few points to be kept in mind before selecting any supplier.

Expertise to Judge One’s Needs Before Wants

Getting a building material supplier that is not only interested in selling his products but also makes sure that the contractor gets the right materials. As a compliment sometimes, the best suppliers may also offer certificates for construction crews.

They will widen the options for the contractor by bringing in various vendors and manufacturers to demonstrate their products. “What are you building?” is one of the best and the most powerful questions a supplier can ask a contractor.

Lack of Bias

Good suppliers provide you with a variety of products from a large number of manufacturers or providers. Just like in a grocery store, products may vary in prices and quality, they may belong to the same category, but their purpose might be different.

A good manufacturer will not be biased or commit to one manufacturer; he/she will show no partiality in showing the differences between the products from different brands

Customer Service

A good supplier will accompany the constructor from the start till the end; he will assist him in his plans. To win the constructor’s trust and also to repeat business the supplier will work hard. Even after the purchase, a strong customer service team will assist the constructor if he has any queries.

Timely Delivery

It is very important for a supplier to be efficient in his deliveries. The construction sites are mostly fast-paced environments. And every project has to follow a specific tight schedule. This makes it very important to receive all the materials on a timely basis.

If the materials arrive late it will delay the whole project and if they arrive early, then they have to be stored somewhere creating another problem of storage. Thus, it becomes necessary to find a supplier who has his own vehicles available at all times for flexible deliveries.


A good supplier needs to have all the products handy for his customer. Suppliers should not lead their customers by saying that they will get them their supplies anytime soon. The supplier should make storage spaces available to keep the supplies and he should also have a network of locations to make quick deliveries.

Many low-cost suppliers compromise with quality over quantity, so you need to make your decision wisely.


For a person to be good at his job he needs to be true to it. Mistakes occur all the time at workplaces but if a person takes accountability for what he has done and instead of denying it makes amendments for his mistakes, this shows how dedicated and loyal he is towards his job.

To be a hire building material supplier who needs to be experienced and have good connections and also know about his duties very well.