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What is the difference between a Tier 1, 2 & 3 Contractor

What is the difference between a Tier 1, 2 & 3 Contractor?

When it comes to construction projects, understanding the different levels of contractors is critical. You may have heard of the terms ‘tier 1’, ‘tier 2’ and ‘tier 3’ contractors. But what do they mean? 

In this article, we’ll discuss the differences between a tier 1, 2 and 3 contractor, so you can be better informed when selecting the right suppliers for your project. 

Tier 1 – General Contractor 

A Tier 1 contractor is commonly referred to as a general contractor. They usually have decades of experience in their field and often take on large-scale building and infrastructure projects such as commercial offices or major highway renovations. 

These companies are hired by the end-user and responsible for most aspects of the project from start to finish. This includes coordinating subcontractors, scheduling inspections, obtaining permits, managing budgets and timelines, and ensuring all safety protocols are adhered to. 

Tier 2 – Subcontractor 

A Tier 2 contractor is also known as a subcontractor. They typically specialise in one particular aspect of a larger or mid-sized project like mechanical and  electrical maintenance work. While they may be involved in smaller projects on their own, these companies typically work under a general contractor during larger projects. 

Their job is to ensure that their specific area of expertise meets all safety requirements and complies with local regulations. It’s important for a subcontractor to have experience working with different types of materials and construction techniques, so that they can provide quality workmanship when needed. 

Tier 3 – Specialty Contractor 

Finally, a Tier 3 contractor is the lowest level of subcontractor and sometimes referred to as a specialty contractor. This is because they work exclusively in one particular type of construction assigned to them by either a tier 1 or 2 contractor, for example drywall installation or demolition debris removal. 

These contractors have years of experience in their chosen field which makes them particularly useful when certain skillsets are required, depending on what type of project they’re completing at any given time. 

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