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What to Look for in an Architectural Panel Supplier

March 18, 2024

Architectural panels are an architect, designer, and fabricator’s best friend. Thanks to their incredible versatility, ease of installation and maintenance, and customization options, they can transform an ordinary building or interior into the extraordinary. 

But before your next project adds architectural panels and becomes a striking finished product, you need to find a supplier. Your architectural panel supplier will likely be responsible for the manufacturing and transportation of the panels to the distributors or directly to you. When it comes to keeping projects on time and budget, your supplier can have a huge impact. This is why it’s important to evaluate more than just the product quality, you should consider the following key attributes every great supplier should have. 

Above and Beyond Customer Service 

Architecture, design, and fabrication can get complex. That’s why it’s so critical to have a panel supplier that feels more like a partner, rather than a send-it-and-forget-it manufacturer.

If you work in a field where each project is unique, you’ll want a supplier that understands and works with you to find the right solution, rather than prescribing a fixed solution. A supplier that offers customized panels is a sure sign that they’re willing to work with you on a unique project. 

Another way that your architectural panel supplier can feel more like a partner than a vendor is through responsiveness. Do you have a dedicated point of contact? Is it easy to contact someone from the supplier side or are you put on hold for hours? When it comes to working on complex projects with tight deadlines, responsiveness can be invaluable. 

A great architectural supplier doesn’t want your business for just the next project, they want to leave you happy and coming back for every project. 

A Variety of High-Quality Products

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One of the top reasons fabricators love to work with architectural panels is their versatility. At Kerfkore, we’ve seen our panels used in stunning entranceways, balconies, doors, and more. Basically, any interior that could use a dash of creativity can use architectural panels. 

For most architects, designers, and fabricators, the creativity and opportunity to make something unique is what makes the job attractive. A variety of different products for different situations facilitates more creativity. So, if you want to create something truly unique or beautiful, find an architectural panel supplier that offers different panels for different situations. 

Logistics That Keep Your Project On Time

When it comes to completing a project on time and budget, logistics is key. How fast your panel supplier can deliver what you need can make or break your project. If you’re assessing multiple suppliers, here are some questions to ask:

  • Where are your nearest distribution points?
  • How long does it take to deliver your product to my location? 
  • Does your nearest distributor carry the products I need? 

Logistics can be a huge determining factor in whether you should work with a supplier. Understanding the scope of your next project and whether the supplier can deliver your materials on time can save you time, money, and headaches. 

At Kerfkore, we make it pretty easy to find the nearest distributor with our Find a Distributor Map. It’ll show your nearest distributor all over the United States and Canada, so you can get the architectural panels you need, when you need them. 

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Products That Make Your Job (and Life) Easier

Speaking of time and money, does your architectural panel supplier’s product create value for your project? Great architectural panels will be low maintenance and feature quick or easy installation, saving you and your team time and money on labor

Ask your architectural panel supplier for any testimonials or metrics that showcase its ability to reduce time or labor on a project when compared to other options. 

At Kerfkore, we’ve designed our flexible architectural panels to achieve virtually any curve you can imagine. They bend tighter, with more consistency and dimensional stability than traditional products. Our panels can be laminated and curved or curved and laminated depending on your requirements. 

Our lightweight and flexible architectural panels come in a variety of materials, thicknesses, and sheet sizes. They require little to no sanding, patching or use of putty or Bondo. You can easily attach high-pressure laminates, veneers, metals, leathers, and other semirigid materials for a beautiful finished result.

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Make Kerfkore Your Next Architectural Panel Supplier

Does your next project require a supplier that feels more like a partner than a vendor? At Kerfkore, we believe that the most inspired designs come from simple solutions, find out how we can simplify your next project through great customer service, a variety of time-saving high-quality products, and an efficient distribution network. Let’s talk about your next project today!