Whole Life Cost: Low-Cost VS High-Quality

Everybody loves a bargain. We all want the best product for the lowest costs but we often focus on the upfront cost when making a purchase. When you start to look at the whole life costs of the cheapest products you will start to realise that they are not the cheapest at all. When purchasing something important, quality should be just as much of a factor in your decision as upfront costs.

illustration of people money and clocks going forward to show whole life costs
  • “A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.

    But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.”

    Terry Pratchett

    Men at Arms: The Play

What Is The Whole Life Cost

The quote above by Terry Pratchett explains whole life costs very well and the same idea works for doors. A high-quality door will cost you a little bit more than a low-quality door, this is down to materials and the time and money spent on product development and testing. 

The higher quality door will last you many more years than the cheaper alternative as well as needing less maintenance, saving you money in the long run. The “wet feet” in this scenario is the hassle involved when doors fail, the locks stopped working, the glass has smashed, there is rust, the tenants are complaining. You’ve paid less initially but you’ve paid more in the long run from maintenance and replacement and throughout it all, you’ve had “wet feet”.

How Warrior Doors Keep Prices Down

We do not have the cheapest product on the market but we think that that is something to be proud of. Quality and security are our main priorities. We have declined on orders where the customer wanted something that wouldn’t be secure enough for them because we would rather ensure that every product that we put out into the world is to our high standards than make lower quality products for monetary gain. 

Our products are slightly higher in price because they are higher in quality and every door that we manufacture is built to last as long as if not longer than the building that it is installed into. That is why in over 20 years of business a Warrior Door has never been removed or replaced. They also require minimal maintenance which can be covered by our service plans to reduce your whole life costs even further.

We have also invested in state of the art machinery, the same machinery used in aviation and aerospace manufacturing. This means that we can manufacture our products at a much higher capacity and at faster speeds. This reduces the cost of labour for production which decreases the purchase cost for you.

warrior door that has been installed for 15 years

We have had customers take quotes from us and some of our competitors and they have gone with the cheaper alternative. Those same customers have come back a few years later and have asked us to replace those cheaper doors that have already failed. Below are some examples of doors we have ripped out. Save yourself some money that could go on improving your blocks in other ways and invest in high quality as soon as you can.

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To speak to a member of our team give us a call at 0121 706 8400 or email at [email protected]

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