Imperial Contractors is a supplier and installer of high-quality windows and doors for residential and commercial clients throughout Hertfordshire and London. A wide range of windows are on offer including uPVC, timber, and aluminium windows. Doors on offer include bi-folding, patio, and French doors as well as composite front doors. The company also supplies and fits high-quality shutters for various homes. Imperial Contractors founder, Marius Muntean, filled in Herts Review on the strides of the young company and plans for the coming months.
Marius has been in the window installation business for over 13 years. It all started when he was very young. His father was already in the trade and Marius used to watch him at work. At the age of 13, he was helping out his Dad on small projects and learnt how to cut glass under his Dad’s guidance. A job in a double-glazing company followed where he was involved in selling windows and customer service for 3 years. Thereafter, Marius moved to Everest, a major manufacturer of windows in the UK, working on supplies and installations for 5 years.
2 years ago, Marius teamed up with a friend to start a business supplying and fitting windows, doors, and shutters. His friend was a specialist with shutters so while Marius had a background mainly in windows and doors, he learnt about fitting shutters as well. In January 2020, he decided to strike out on his own by starting Imperial Contractors which focuses on the supply of high-quality windows, doors, and shutters for commercial and residential clients.
Imperial Contractors offers affordable services to their clients. “As I have been in the business for a while, I have developed unique relationships with major suppliers around Europe and China. There are factories in Romania and other Eastern European countries manufacturing quality windows and doors. The advantage of getting suppliers from Europe is that the lead time is shorter, and we only work with vetted manufacturers that provide quality products. We do not supply any low-quality products as we do not want dissatisfied customers and it will create more problems for our operations in the long run”.
“We also sell lead free windows. Windows that have lead turn yellow after a while. Our windows do not change colour at all and that is why we have a 5-year guarantee on all the products we supply”.
Starting a new business in 2020 has been a roller coaster of emotions. “This year has been up and down. The year started off well. Although we are a new business, I already have a portfolio of work I had completed in my previous roles. I also had contacts and referrals from customers I had worked for. Some of my previous clients reached out to me or referred me to other clients that need our services. So we were busy. The covid-19 pandemic and lockdown slowed things down a bit. We could not work for 3 months which was not good. It has gradually picked up since July, so we are a bit busy now.
Marius is using a combination of his experience and expertise in window supply and installation to break into a competitive market. “The quality of our work is very good. We are not the cheapest nor the most expensive. We provide quality products with a quality service. We can also price match the competition as long as it does not compromise our quality standard”.
The Bushey, Hertfordshire based company is looking to grow the business by expanding the current team of 3. “I want to expand the team and take on more projects. We are launching a new website showcasing all our products to improve our marketing drive. This will give our customers the option to explore and choose the products and services they want. We are also exploring the option of having a showroom displaying our products as well, but I want to see how things go over the next few months with the covid-19 situation. We will grow organically as I do not want to lose control of the service and quality, we offer our customers”.
Marius wants to stabilize the business over the next 6 months and then pursue other opportunities. If you need to repair or upgrade your windows, doors, or shutters, then call the team at Imperial Contractors for an initial free consultation. You can reach them on 07435514053.