What Are The Different Types of Contractors?
How many different types of contractors are there? Funny thing — when you google “different types of contractors” you get many different types of answers! Are there 20? Eight? Just three?
When attempting to answer this type of question, one must approach it from a position of authority and experience. To a certain extent, each of the answers provided above can be considered an accurate count of the different types of contractors.
But a true assessment depends on which industries we’re talking about, as well as which contractor jobs within those industries we’re seeking to define.
Most people probably think of contractors as members of the construction project industry. Furthermore, many of those people are probably familiar with the idea of a general contractor.
But what are the other types of contractors? Isn’t the person who comes to service your air conditioner a contractor? Don’t some companies contract out their services? And aren’t many if not most electricians who work for a company considered electrical contractors?
Perhaps we can work our way toward some clarity by defining our terms.
What Is A General Contractor?
When work is done on an enormous project — say the construction of a warehouse — a number of contractors or subcontractors are engaged in the process. This includes electricians, plumbers, drywallers, painters, and more.
General contractors on such projects are tasked with hiring and coordinating the work of each of the different subcontracting trades. They act as liaisons between clients and contracted workers during the whole phase of the building project. General contractors also provide cost estimates and ensure that the project comes in on time and on budget.
So what are the different types of contractors, aside from those mentioned above?
- Heating, Air Conditioning, Ductwork
- Paper Hanging
- Concrete Work
- Well Drilling
- Glass and Glazing
- Finish Carpenter
- Iron Worker
- Facilities Contractor (or facility management contractor)
The picture is becoming clear: There are many different types of contractors — as many as are needed to complete a specific construction project on a specific budget. Contractors work on projects both large and small — from full renovation projects to the installation of crown molding. Special trade contractors are harnessed by the general contractor to bring a project from creation to completion.
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