Starting a Door Manufacturing Business


Yellow doorDoors are an integral part of any buildings construction. The capital investment depends on the size and scope of the enterprise.
You could become a door wholesaler, retailer or manufacturer. Whatever sector of choice, you are rest assured of huge patronage and profit making.
There are a few things to consider before launching your door manufacturing business. You need to determine the best location for the business, equipment, hire experienced staff, funding and marketing strategy. Other considerations are the type of door machinery and equipment.
 Different Types of Doors
The doors are categorized based on the material used in making them. There are about eleven broad types of doors found in the market.
We have the framed panel doors, timber or wood doors, glass doors or flush doors. Other door types are the PVC doors, fiberglass doors, steel doors and aluminum doors.
Although the materials are different the basic function of any door remains the same. Here is a list of different types of doors
A List of Different Types of Doors
Bamboo Composite Door
Aluminum Door
Steel Door
Fiberglass Door
Reinforced Fiberglass Door
Glass Door
PVC Door
Framed Panel Door
Battened Doors
Wooden Doors
Flush Doors
Different Doors and Functionality
Flush doors-Flush doors comprise a cardboard core and a wooden or steel frame. They are lightweight, aesthetically pleasing, easy to install and durable.
Glass doors-Glass doors feature either aluminum frame or steel frame. However there are a few wooden frame glass doors suitable for office environment. Other locations you find glass doors are front door, kitchens and bathrooms.
Wooden doors-The most common and popular door is the wood door. They are easy to make durable and low cost depending on type of wood.
Ebony or mahogany doors are costlier than plywood doors. The quality of the wood used in the manufacture of the door impacts on the cost.
Framed Panel doors-Framed panel doors are wood based doors. The shutter panels are made out of a variety of material such as boards, timber or plywood. They are easily custom made to the dimensions and requirements of the builder.
Steel doors-Steel doors are best suited for lockup shops, stores and warehouses. However due to security concerns you find some homes with steel doors. Steel frames are sturdier and last longer than wooden frames.  Steel doors are sturdy, tough, durable and a made hollow or solid.
Poly vinyl chloride doors-PVC doors are beautiful and more common in offices and stores. Poly vinyl chloride doors are durable, light weight and easily fitted with glass. They are built as sliding doors, casement doors or flush doors.
Fiber glass doors-Fiber glass doors are low maintenance, hardened and durable. Fitted with wooden panes the doors are non-inflammable, lightweight and have good insulator qualities.
Aluminum doors-Aluminum doors are lightweight and easy to install. They are common in shops, stores and offices. Bamboo doors are recyclable, corrosion resistant, cost effective and eco-friendly.
Machinery and Equipment used for Door Manufacturing
The equipment depends on the type of door you make. Common equipments are wood waste grinders, veneer equipment, strength grinders, different types of saws and sanders.
Other equipments are ripsaw, panel saw, moulders, measuring devices, frame saws, jointers, hinge/hardware insertion and face frame machinery.
More are edge benders, end matchers, joining machinery, clamps, sanding, shaping and coping. Find out the kind of machine you need based on the type of door.
Financing the Door Manufacturing Business
Secure bank loans to purchase equipment, raw materials and pay lease agreements. Find a good location in a commercial area with good road network.
Hire trained staff and focus on a good marketing strategy.  Register the business as a sole proprietorship or limited liability company. You need a trade license, insurance and tax.
Marketing the Doors
There is a huge market especially in the construction industry. Your major clients would be estate developers, building contractors and construction firms.
Sell directly to wholesalers, retailers and private individuals. You could consider having a sales outlet to showcase your products.

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