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Renting vs Buying Uniforms: Which is Right for Your Company?

Uniform rentals for all industries

Deciding on whether you buy or rent your uniforms is an important decision for any business owner.


Uniforms perform so many roles for companies and the workers who wear them. From protecting your workforce from jobsite hazards to promoting your company’s brand, they provide value in many ways. If you operate a business that requires company attire, you’ll likely be faced with a dilemma: do you rent or buy?

There are a number of considerations that go into this decision. Our Calgary uniforms experts are here to share some insight that’ll make the process easier.


1. Upfront Expenditure

Perhaps the biggest obstacle that prevents business owners from buying their industrial uniforms outright is money. Whether you operate a small automotive garage with a handful of mechanics, or a mid-sized delivery company with dozens of drivers and other employees, it’s a considerable expense.

So, if you’re unable to tie up capital in such an investment, then renting might be the best way to go.

However, if you’re a long-term thinker and have the funding, the return on investment of owning your workwear will start to pay off in just a few years. For it to really pay off, you must also develop a maintenance program for your garments that includes:

  • Laundering
  • Mending
  • Other maintenance

That brings us to our next point…


2. Availability of a Uniform Supply Program

While some companies choose to perform their own uniform maintenance, many business owners and managers are realizing the benefits of hiring an outside party to handle this for them:

  • Frees up office resources
  • Less paperwork
  • No inventory required
  • Never run out of workwear
  • Professionally cleaned garments
  • Top name brands
  • Variety of uniform types, sizes and styles to choose from
  • Access to personal protection equipment and other accessories

Fortunately, it doesn’t matter whether you rent or own your workwear because companies like JET Uniform and Supply specialize in tailoring programs for both situations. The process is much the same, the main difference being the payment scheme.

Best of all, you don’t have to do laundry, or worry about repairing torn fabric. You don’t even have to pick it up or drop it off. JET Uniform handles all of that, maintaining an adequate supply to keep your workforce clean and protected.


3. Try Before You Buy

One advantage renting has over buying is you can try out the service before committing to purchasing. This not only gives you an opportunity to test drive the product, but also get acquainted with the supply company to see if they’re a good fit.

However, many supply companies require a contractual commitment before a program is put in place. Make sure you read the conditions and are comfortable with the company you’re working with before signing on the line.

For more on the benefits of uniforms, check out our post: Why Industrial Uniforms Make Sense for Businesses and Their Employees.


Are you tired of maintaining your company uniforms? Let JET Uniform & Supply remove the hassle by providing a reliable program that guarantees delivery of clean workwear for your employees. Call us to discuss your service requirements.