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Are you involved in a large-scale commercial project? Do you want a main contractor who’ll oversee the entire project? Would you like to ensure that the project runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible? Do you want a comprehensive service from initial planning, through installation, to project completion? If so, it’s important to do some research before employing a main contractor. Here are 15 questions to ask before hiring a main contractor.

1. How long have you been working in the industry?

Industry experience is important for any main contractor. At JPF Systems, we have over 20 years industry experience, putting us in a strong position to successfully manage your project.

2. What accreditations do you have?

Accreditations help to uphold a company’s reputation and give customers peace of mind that they are working with a professional organisation. JPF Systems are accredited by a range of respected third-party industry bodies and all our installers are CSCS accredited.

3. What Health and Safety procedures do you follow?

JPF Systems are members of CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety). All our employees undergo regular health and safety training, both factory based and on-site. Our installation teams will also adopt any site-specific health and safety regulations and are conversant with rules surrounding Personal Protection Equipment.

4. Do you provide insurance?

All our installers, surveyors, and project managers are fully insured to work on-site.

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5. Are you members of any industry organisations?

JPF systems are members of ADSA (Automatic Door Suppliers Association), Safe Contractor, Constructionline, and DHF (Door and Hardware Federation).

6. Do you have any customer testimonials?

Positive customer reviews are a great way to endorse a business. Read some of our glowing testimonials from Wirral Borough Council.

7. What is the timescale for the project?

This is an important consideration for any large project. When a business needs to be up and running on time, keeping on schedule is imperative. At JPF Systems, we provide a detailed schedule for all projects and strive to meet all deadlines.

8. What materials do you specialise in?

JPF Systems specialise in the fabrication and installation of aluminium fenestration products.

9. What sort of lead times do you offer?

As mentioned in question 7, time scales are extremely important. At JPF Systems, we offer short lead times on product manufacture, delivery, and installation, which will be detailed in the initial estimate.

10. Will you oversee all on-site work?

JPF Systems can act as main contractor and oversee the entire project. There will always be a senior member on-site to ensure professionalism at all times.

11. Will you provide detailed estimations before the project?

JPF Systems provide a comprehensive estimating and design service for all commercial projects.

12. Which products do you manufacture yourselves?

When a company manufacture their own products, they take responsibility for quality, precision, and efficiency. At JPF Systems, we manufacture aluminium windows, doors, shopfronts, and curtain walling to meet your exact specifications.

13. Do you offer a work guarantee?

Guarantees give customers peace of mind that their investment is protected. At JPF Systems, we provide warranties on all our products.

14. Who are your previous clients?

We have worked with several local councils, education bodies, and commercial enterprises. Have a look at some of our commercial projects.

15. What sector do you specialise in?

At JPF Systems, we will undertake installations in any sector. We do however, have extensive experience in working with local authorities, and schools and colleges.

When you want a main contractor for your project, JPF Systems are an excellent choice. For more information on our range of products and services call +44(0)800 111 6015 or contact us online.

  • JPF have been Wirral Councils Schedule of Rates contractor for Curtain walling & automatic doors for over 10 years covering education buildings & schools, municipal buildings, leisure buildings, libraries etc. They are a well-organised and structured company. Professional relationships with management are very good and staff is both competent and helpful. Installations are to a high standard and if there are any defects these are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

    Wirral Borough Council (James Cookson)
  • We requested the works due to a reasonable adjustment for a member of staff, The works were required to be completed at very short notice and during the Christmas break JPF had no problems or concerns in arranging this work ready for the member of staff to return to work.

    Wirral Borough Council (Neil Corser, Premises Manager/ Building Surveying & Minor Works)

Areas we serve

JPF Systems install high quality aluminium windows, doors, and curtain walling across the North West of England and North Wales. From Merseyside to Manchester and Runcorn to Wrexham, our installation teams always work to the highest industry standards.

Working as main contractors or specialist sub-contractors, JPF Systems have developed excellent relationships with several local councils and other construction specialists. From the JPF Systems factory and head offices on the Wirral, the local motorway system connects products with development site quickly and efficiently, saving you time and money.

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