Hiring the right Shop Drawing Company to complete your drawings is a vital piece of the puzzle. Choosing a company that includes all of the details needed to complete a project can be stressful. But it doesn’t need to be.

Check out some of the important traits that you should be looking for when you are choosing the right shop drawing company. We at Superior Shop Drawings pride ourselves in meeting and exceeding all of these characteristics. We do this to ensure our customers receive exactly what they are asking for.  

Experience

When you hire a shop drawing company with experience, you are given the assurance that your drawings will be worked on by a draftsman that will produce professional, immaculate drawings. You are also given peace of mind when working with an experienced company when it comes to quality control.

Experienced drafters will be able to provide you with drawings that are compliant with whatever rules and regulations that are set forth.    Choosing us as your Shop Drawing company will give you the comfort of knowing that we have 40 years of combined experience in the industry.

Capabilities

Capabilities of a shop drawing directly tie in with experience. The majority of Shop Drawings are designed using technology. There are times when a project comes in that is done on paper or perhaps from a photograph. This is when you need to ensure that you have a company that has the knowledge, the expertise, and the capability of creating the work no matter how the project enters the door.

Hiring a Shop Drawing company, like Superior Shop Drawings will give you the satisfaction of knowing that we will handle it as if it is the only project we have. We take pride in cross-referencing the Architectural Drawings and Project Specification Manual. We then compare them to the Project Scope of Work to make sure there are no conflicts in the project.

Communication

No matter what project you may have or what you are trying to accomplish, establishing a proper means of communication is key to achieve your end project in a professional, timely manner. I am sure that once you have chosen someone to help you with a project, you expect some sort of communication throughout the process. This is no different when choosing a Shop Drawing Company. You should have a direct means of communication throughout the entire process to ensure that conflicts are solved promptly.

One of the most common reasons for projects being delayed is due to a lack of communication between the company and the customer. When you utilize a company that uses RFI (Request for Information), drawings can be sent to the customer and be moved up the chain to the general contractor promptly to solve any conflicts.

Keeping everyone informed on changes, conflicts, and deadlines will make certain that all parties involved are in the know. It also keeps everyone aware of the entire process.

Quality

You should make sure to check out the quality of their previous jobs. Spend some time not only on their website but also on their social media pages to see their work.

Ask yourself some questions. What does the quality of their drawings look like? Do they have a variety of different types of CAD drawings within their portfolio? We here at Superior Shop Drawings take pride in the quality of every single shop drawing that leaves our desks.

Our mission statement is that “We aim to produce Shop Drawings that we are proud of“. We ensure this by adding an extra 2-step check in the drawing process. Walt and Steve both review drawings before being sent out to our customers. We do this to make certain our product is top-notch and free of error.

Customer Satisfaction

When you are looking for a Shop Drawing Company to work with, it is important to take a look at their previous jobs as mentioned above. Social media reviews are very important to those who are on the hunt for a company to do work with. Take a look at your shop drawing’s website. You should see what their previous work looks like. Head to their Facebook and Instagram pages and browse their pages to see what their projects look like.

Just as important though is word of mouth. For every business there is out there, there are at least 10 more that claim to do the same thing. 85% of small businesses generate the majority of their customers from word of mouth. This number seems high but think about your conversations with your friends and family.

Perhaps you just had your kitchen redone and the contractor was the best one you’ve ever had. Or maybe they were the worst you’ve dealt with. You will most likely discuss it with your family, your friends, and maybe even your professional contacts.

Final Thoughts

You find the company in utilizing these characteristics, you will find the best service. When you are choosing the right Shop Drawing Company, it is crucial to find a company that is experienced, well-versed, has exceptional quality, and is reputable.

We here at Superior Shop Drawings take pride in every project that we are awarded. We ensure every project that leaves our desks leaves with the owners’ seal of approval. With over 40 years of experience, let us give you shop drawings that we are proud of.

Stay tuned next week when I dive into the Who, What, When, and Why of Millwork.

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If you are interested working with Superior Shop Drawings, please feel free to Request a Quote or Contact Us. Steve and Walt are happy to discuss your needs and answer any questions you may have.

Sara Van Parys
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