It’s no secret that we at House get to speak with a plethora of locals tradesmen and independent businesses, and we make it our mission to tell their own unique stories in the hopes of giving our readers a real insight into the individuals behind the companies they know—or need to know—and love. With that, allow us to introduce ‘Advance Cladding and Building’, your local cladding specialists. Here’s our interview with Owner and Operator Martin Edwards.
How long have you been in business?
“Officially, three months. But my heart (and family) has been in this business for as long as I can remember. My father previously owned the company for almost three decades. As a boy, I would go with him to site to watch the master at work. I’d hear how kindly and enthusiastically he spoke with customers and the other tradesmen; he really loved his work. So it was a natural progression for me to take over the family business and make my own unique mark on it, whilst following my father’s stellar example, values and work ethic.”
What is it about this industry that you enjoy the most?
“I take a lot of pride in my work and feel that customers deserve the best service without being constantly rushed. Having been sub-contracting for the past 7 years, for various big cladding companies who’s ethics are based primarily on profit alone, I now intend to provide a professional, bespoke side of the cladding industry and beat the majority of my competitors not only on price, but with quality workmanship.”
Aside from aesthetics, why might someone add cladding to their home?
First and foremost, property is–and continues to be–a wise investment, ergo anything you can do to improve it is a wise investment. Secondly cladding has the benefit of added insulation, which in the long-run means reduced energy bills and potentially big savings. Finally, more and more homeowners are opting for older homes that they can renovate (even in a small way) and sell on for profit—a great idea in this economy, but not without its problems. Many older homes framework’s crumble over time and cladding is a surefire way of protecting exterior walls.
How do you ensure the quality of each and every job?
Each and everyone of our team is fully up-to-scratch with the exacting fitting guidelines, and we make it our business to ensure that our knowledge is as up-to-date as possible by attending regular courses—and receiving coveted awards in the process.
What’s the most popular type of cladding?
Cement Fibre Board is the most popular, with UPVC coming in a close second. 100% recycled eco-composite cladding is going to be the future, both in-terms of design and the health and safety of our planet.
What are some of your company values?
Definitely Fair Trade; I’m particularly passionate about that. Karma, in the sense of what goes around comes around—ergo we aim to always be honest, kind, and considerate…but above all, excellent customer service.
What makes you different from your competitors?
Our professionalism; we love hearing feedback about how quick and easy our process is, and that is ultimately down to our experience and dedication to each and every job. I’ve mentioned being extremely competitive on price already, but I really do mean it; we try to keep our margins as little as possible. Finally (and most importantly) we are always honest. If a job is going to take 3 weeks, that’s because it will; if we have priced a job, that is a true reflection of the cost and work to be done.
I understand you also have links to other highly skilled tradesmen?
Yes, we work along side SDH Carpentry and Building, WDH Electrical, ADS Gas and Heating, AP Roofing and AB Home Improvements; so that we can offer our clients trusted tradesmen in
For more information Contact advance cladding and building on:
t. 01202 989 009
a. Merely Lane, Wimborne, Dorset. BH21 3AZ