The application of vacuum technology can help you with everything from protective product coating to the metallization of your industrial accessories. But what if you’re new to the world of things like physical vapor disposition (PVD)? What if you’ve never had to shop for these services before? If you’re not sure where to start, here are just a few things to keep in mind as you search for vacuum coating technology.

  1. Price

Before you start looking at products and brands, make sure that you have enough money to cover both the short- and long-term costs of vacuum technology. How much will it cost for each coating? Would it be cheaper to have it done by professionals on a regular schedule, or does it make more economic sense to buy your own vacuuming equipment? How much of your budget can you truly extend towards vacuum coating?

  1. Brand

Once you’ve given yourself a price range, it’s time to figure out which brand falls under that umbrella and offers what you need. The most heuristic approach is to plug “vacuum coating company” into a search engine and systematically eliminate them based on prices, locations and services, but if you’ve had any referrals or recommendations, you can also start there.

  1. Reviews

Speaking of recommendations, never put your products into the hands of a company that you haven’t vetted. Even if it’s just online reviews by previous customers, it’s important to find and analyze feedback about the brand. Are they held in high regard by clients, employees and industry leaders? Do they have any scam alerts from watchdog groups or business ranking sites? How long have they been operating, and do they have any paperwork to prove it?

  1. Warranty

Even a high-quality vacuum coating company can have a bad day. It will be up to you to ensure that their mistakes aren’t paid out of your pocket. Ask about an extended warranty that covers damages and defects; read the fine print about insurance coverage and who will assume responsibility in the event of an accident; look into their refund policy and how customer dissatisfaction might play into it.

These are just a few tips for finding and selecting vacuum technology. Whether you’re completing a small job or looking for long-term coating services, use these guidelines to make an intelligent purchase decision.