The demand for renovation is on the rise. Most people are now more willing to make major changes to their homes after living in them for a few years, just to give them a new lease of life. In other instances, people might buy old homes and then spend some time putting them back together […]

home renovation and fasteners
The demand for renovation is on the rise. Most people are now more willing to make major changes to their homes after living in them for a few years, just to give them a new lease of life. In other instances, people might buy old homes and then spend some time putting them back together in order to cut down on the cost of owning a home. Either way, this points to one thing: the demand for renovation experts is on the rise as well.
If you are one of these, you will obviously face some challenges during your career. With the right approach, however, you can easily avoid most of them. One that is dreaded by most renovators is a callback due to poor quality work.

The scope of the problem
In the past, most renovation experts would deny liability once the home was completed. With issues such as increasing quality demands and an increasing pool of experts to pick from, most clients today will only work if you provide some sort of guarantee or warranty on your work. This means that if you end up doing a bad job, you will be called back to fix it at your own expense. If this happens frequently enough, you will definitely be driven out of business. The only way out of this is by offering excellent guarantees, but doing such a good job that clients will not need to use it.

 
How fasteners come in
During any renovation, you will regularly need to use different types of fasteners such as grade 8 steel screws and alloy steel nuts. They are usually the most central component keeping all the elements of the house in place. If any of them fails, the renovation efforts could be compromised, and this will definitely result in a callback from your clients. In many cases, failure of such components could even lead to being blacklisted as well as getting poor reviews from many clients.
Avoiding callback due to fastener failure
The only way to avoid such callbacks is by using high quality fasteners for your renovation job. This in turn means having a very clear understanding of the conditions that they will be subjected to, and then using the right fasteners for the job. For instance, if you are going to use a fastener to keep in place a very heavy structure, the only way to be sure that it will work is by using fasteners that have limits that far exceed the conditions they will be placed in. This combined with the proper use of such fasteners will result in very few callbacks.
You will also need to work with a fastener vendor who has a large variety of products on offer, such as Melfast. Remember, each renovation job is unique, and will probably need unique fasteners. Other specific measures you can take include:

  • Have staff who understand how to use the fasteners properly
  • Be prudent in fastener selection, don’t use very expensive ones
  • Understand the various post-installation modifications such as coating to reduce corrosion

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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