Installing refractories is a fully customizable solution and rarely has the same solution. The numerous external and internal factors continuously change and effect what is the best solution. Refractory installation can also be affected by changes in refractory materials/formulas and changes in technology. Selecting the right refractory installation contractor can ensure you receive the best service to complete your installation on time with decreased unexpected future downtime.
Key Factors: 1. Experience/Expertise
2. Service & Support
4. Total cost
Experience/Expertise The refractory installation contracting industry is very established and has the major players however there are new contractors entering the industry every year. Newcomers come from other similar industries not aware of all of the nuances within the industry or without properly investing in the appropriate equipment. Refractories are in constant need of attention and maintenance and newcomers can’t provide the longevity you might need.
Don’t get confused experience and expertise are not the same thing. Make sure your installation contractor has the expertise necessary. Selecting the right refractory product for your application depends on a lot of variables.
- Environmental conditions
- Site condition and procedures
- Installer expertise
- Product material and quality
The same product could require a different installation method, dryout schedule, etc based off of small variations in the variables listed above and other factors. These factors hold true for initial installation and continuous maintenance of your refractories throughout its life cycle. Is your contractor up-to-date on the newest techniques and equipment?
Service/Support: What type of service and support is provided? Does the service and support go above and beyond expectations? Are your contractors going to support you after the installation is complete? Determine whether or not they have the right type of support and are able to provide the level of service/support you need. Gauge their technical and engineering support and if they can provide you the schematics and descriptions you need to make an informed decision. Does your contractor have a successful track record? Best practice is to contact previous customers for references.
Timeline:Make sure your refractory installation contractor has an acceptable timeline for completion. However, do your due diligence to ensure no corners are cut and the refractory is properly installed. Starting up production on time is extremely important but is not worth unscheduled downtime for replacing refractories or maintenance.
Total Cost:Initial cost is easy to calculate. How much did you invest in the contractor (time/supplies/installation) plus the amount lost in production (downtime?) There is an acceptable amount and some managers will sacrifice quality installation to start production up as quick as possible. The best gauge of “Total Cost” would be to evaluate the initial cost and the continued cost over the lifespan of the refractory until next installation. Calculating this information takes time. If your unable to appropriately evaluate the cost over time, references of the contractor can help gauge their long-term success of installation.
If you are unsure of how to evaluate who is the best refractory installation contractor or what exactly is the best installation method, contact Resco Products and our experts can recommend highly qualified installers