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How to Purchase Doors and Windows from China: A Comprehensive Guide

Nov. 18, 2020

Doors and windows are essential parts of any house or building, and choosing where to buy them is a big decision. Of course, you can easily buy them from any local supplier.

But, are you satisfied with what’s locally available?

Would you like more design options? How about something custom-built?

And then, are they affordable?

Purchasing doors and windows from China is a good option if local suppliers can't give you what you’re looking for.

How to Purchase Doors and Windows from China: A Comprehensive Guide

I. Why Buy Doors and Windows from China

1. Lower costs with the same quality
   Doors and windows from China often cost half the price, and, at the same time, they comply with international manufacturing standards.    

2. Variety of design    While China offers standard doors and windows, they also produce custom designs made according to customer specifications. There are several designs to choose from to suit the space where they’ll be installed.    

3. Quality guarantee    The quality of doors and windows made in China are the same as, if not better than those made elsewhere in the world. Chinese manufacturers follow strict quality control guidelines both for national and international standards. If you’re looking for craftsmanship and durability, you’re sure to find them in Chinese-made products.    

4. First-class and professional service    Chinese manufacturers are increasingly dealing with international customers. To stay competitive in the global market, Chinese companies also invest in their employees and staff to provide first-class and professional customer service and after-sales service at all times. You can expect them to be friendly, with quick response times, and with helpful knowledge of materials and technologies involved in the production process.

How to Purchase Doors and Windows from China: A Comprehensive Guide

5.Add value to your properties    If you're looking for ordinary doors and windows for your properties, you can probably find them easily in your city. But if you want something extraordinary that adds interest and value to your house or building, take a look at doors and windows sourced from China. There, you’ll have an endless choice of materials and designs that will surely enhance your surroundings.

II. Options of Doors and Windows to Import from China

1.Material Choices for Doors and Windows    ✅ uPVC    uPVC or Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride is a form of plastic. uPVC offers excellent performance and durability, making it long lasting and requiring little maintenance. By providing thermal efficiency and sound insulation, uPVC doors and windows provide excellent value for your money.    ✅ Vinyl    Vinyl is short for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). It is a synthetic material, a type of plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl doors and windows are resistant to warping or rotting, and will not rust or decay. Vinyl windows and doors will last much longer than others made of a different material, which will help save you money in the long run.

How to Purchase Doors and Windows from China: A Comprehensive Guide

✅ Aluminum

Aluminum is the most popular and affordable material for door use. Its durability and strength are key reasons why they’re highly recommended by builders of residential or commercial properties. Aluminum is often used for security doors and garage doors. Modern aluminum frame windows are now incorporated with thermal breaks to enhance energy efficiency. More than this, they’re corrosion-resistant, insect-resistant, lightweight, and suitable for any contemporary design.

How to Purchase Doors and Windows from China: A Comprehensive Guide

✅ Wooden    Wooden or timber doors are generally used for interior door applications. Wood is the oldest material used for doors. Wooden doors provide soundproofing, insulation, and security. Most commonly used as front entrance doors, they are elegant, easy to install, and are long-lasting. But they can be costly.    ✅ Stainless Steel    These doors have a steel face with a foam core for insulation, and are used in both interior and exterior applications. A sturdy metal, steel can withstand any kind of weather. Stainless steel doors provide the best security barriers to your home because of their durability. They’re also easy to maintain and easy to clean.

2.Types of Doors and Windows to Import from China

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Sliding doors & windows

This door type slides to the sides with the help of runners and guide rails, and may have one or more sliding shutters. It is often used at homes or buildings for its dual function, that of a window and a door. If not tinted, sliding doors offer brilliant lighting and ventilation, as well as space efficiency.

Folding doors & windows

Folding doors are also known as bi-fold doors or concertina doors. They open by folding back in two or more sections or panels. They are perfect for large rooms and patios, offering flexibility while transforming and altering your room, depending on the space you need. It also allows you to move about with great ease.

French doors

Not surprisingly, French doors originated in France. A French door consists of a pair of doors of light construction, with glass panes extending for most of its length. French doors provide elegance, safety, function, beauty, energy efficiency, and cost efficiency.

III. Tips to Select the Right Doors and Windows for Your Home

Consider the following points before venturing into a doors and windows buying spree for a new home or building, or when you’re planning a renovation:

1. Design aesthetics—

What overall design or theme do you have in mind? Something classic, or modern? Or something entirely custom-designed? Focus on the design aesthetic, then match with your preferred architecture style. Your design and materials should match to create an appealing appearance.

2. Purpose of your door or window—

Property owners prefer a beautiful view when looking out from doors and windows. But also consider if your window offers security and home efficiency as it provides natural lighting, and increases airflow.

3. Budget pricing—

Your options would largely depend on your budget. Your choice should be budget-friendly. The good news is that in China, there’s a wide range of designs and materials available for every budget, from low end to high end. But you should manage your expectations. If you don’t have much of a budget, don’t expect the most durable materials and fancy designs.

IV. Preparation Before Importing Doors and Windows

1. Measure the size

Contact your local builder to do the exact measurements for you as this is crucial information for manufacturers, especially for custom-made doors and windows.

2. Determine the design and function

Your choice of doors and windows depends on the architectural design of your house, building, or property. And also their function or purpose. What room will you put the doors and windows in? Would you want a clear view outside, do you want a unique design to be featured, or do you simply want functional doors and windows? Be clear about what you want in terms of design and function to make it easy for you to narrow down your choices.

How to Purchase Doors and Windows from China: A Comprehensive Guide

3. Know the standard doors and windows of your country

Different countries have different weather conditions, and thus have different product standards. This affects your choice of doors and windows as it may require different technology. Check with the experts in your country to know the different options available to you.

V. How to Import Doors and Windows from China

Choose only from among registered manufacturers with verified certifications.

Request a copy of these certifications from suppliers that you’re considering doing business with.

1. Find an Appropriate Supplier or Manufacturer in China

How to Purchase Doors and Windows from China: A Comprehensive Guide

Check for customer reviews online for a good supplier. The internet has made global trade a lot easier. You can read customer reviews online and even compare notes with other buyers.

Get quotations from suppliers. Once you’ve narrowed down your list of possible suppliers, you can contact them and ask for price quotations. Make sure that these include prices, delivery periods warranties, terms of sale and payment, which party will pay for the shipping, insurance and transportation costs, and duties to be paid.

It's important to get a supplier that offers great designs and competitive prices. But it’s even more crucial to ensure that the supplier can meet high quality standards and delivery dates. If you have a long list of possible suppliers, narrow the list further. Consider only those that are professional in their dealings, are friendly, and quick to answer your concerns.

2. Get to Know How to Transport Doors and Windows from China

♦ Contact your sourcing agent

Hire a professional sourcing agent who will help you in all your business dealings in China, including arranging for product quality inspection and the transport of your doors and windows from China to its final destination, wherever you are located.

Certificate of compliance, measure and quality inspection—

When a large volume of transaction is involved, a professional sourcing agent can arrange for a third-party quality inspection of your doors and windows before they’re shipped to your country.

How to Purchase Doors and Windows from China: A Comprehensive Guide

Shipping service—

To transport your purchased goods from China to your destination, you need to hire a shipping company or a customs broker. When negotiating, know what fees are included and excluded. Shipping fees do not include container cost, wharf fee, clearance charges, and other charges that you have to take care of yourself. On the other hand, customs brokers arrange everything for you, and you contact only their personnel to trace your shipment.

Installation process and after-sales service—

After your doors and windows are delivered to your location, wherever your house or building is, now comes the installation process. This is where your trusted local builder comes in. He or his company will be the one to install all these for you. Make sure that you’ve consulted your builder in the specifications of your doors and windows so that the installation will be an easy process.

♦ Do it yourself

If you’re a very patient person, with a lot of time on your hands, and take great satisfaction in doing things on your own, you can certainly go the DIY or Do-It-Yourself route. But be warned that there’s a lot to know and a thousand or more things to do that can be very difficult for one person to do. The importation process is very complicated. Do you have the time to learn what are and how to compute for FCL container costs, clearance costs and all other costs involved? Do you have the time and energy to negotiate with different Chinese suppliers, shipping companies, customs brokers, and others, and handle all problems that will surely come along the way? And are you prepared to spend a lot of money on the whole process? Well, if you can handle all these, by all means, just do it!

VI. Common Difficulties and Challenges Importing from China

1. Communication gap and language barrier

This is the most common difficulty faced by foreigners when dealing with Chinese businesses. Make sure to have someone who understands and speaks Chinese who will help you in communicating with manufacturers, sellers, and importers from China. Hiring an interpreter would be a good investment in the long run.

How to Purchase Doors and Windows from China: A Comprehensive Guide

2. Quality issue

When importing any products, you always expect that you will receive good quality items. This assumes that you have correctly relayed your exact specifications. Small factories are often insufficiently funded, resulting in product quality inconsistencies.

3. Long lead time and delayed shipment

You might encounter a manufacturer who will say that his production facility can complete your order in 60 days only to find out later that he needs an additional 60 days. Or, shipping time is estimated to be 30 days when it will take longer than that.

1. How to avoid these difficulties in importing doors and windows?

2. To avoid these difficulties when doing business with Chinese suppliers of doors and windows, you must:

3. Have a detailed list of specifications of items to be purchased, including accessories needed.

4. Have illustrations or drawings of your designs with exact measurements.

5. Ensure that your Chinese supplier is capable of producing your items in your exact specifications.

6. Choose to buy from reliable manufacturers known for consistently producing quality items at agreed time frames.8

7. Make a generous time allowance from ordering to delivery. Take into account local holidays, weather conditions, and other circumstances that might affect production and delivery times.

8. Hire an interpreter to ensure that you and your Chinese supplier fully understand each other.

9. Hire a professional sourcing agent who will handle all negotiations, transactions and paperwork for you, be your representative or man-in-the-ground in China, and relieve you of all the hassle and stress that comes with the importation process.

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