Granite and marble slabs from GTA stone importers

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Granite and marble slabs from GTA stone importers make beautiful countertops. Keep reading to learn more about fine stone importers.
 

Granite and Marble Slabs in the GTA

 
Fine stone is gaining popularity in the Greater Toronto Area. Many GTA homeowners are choosing to build or renovate kitchens with granite or marble slab countertops because they realize that quality stone adds to both the beauty and the value of their houses. A few decades ago, granite or marble countertops were the purview of the very rich, but recent advances in techniques and machinery for quarrying and finishing stone have revolutionized the industry. Now, extraction and finishing of fine stone is much more efficient, which means that marble and granite have become affordable options.
 

Buying Stone Slab for Countertops

 
With the growing popularity of fine stone has come a proliferation of places where you can source stone slab. Even franchise hardware stores now offer certain types of stone countertops. But, when choosing stone slab, it’s best to turn to a specialist in fine stone. A marble or granite countertop is an investment, and like any investment, should be made wisely, after getting advice from an expert. The GTA has some well-established fine stone importers, and visiting the showroom of one of these companies can help you learn about the types of stone available. Knowledgeable staff should be able to provide you with information about where the stone comes from, how it has been processed, finished and shipped, and how it should be maintained.
 
You may be astonished by the wide variety of fine stone available at better stone import companies! Marble and granite range from neutral shades and subtle patterns to vivid colours and bold patterning.
 
How can you find a quality stone importer? There are a number of indicators that can help you select a company:
  • Track Record. Has the company been in business for more than a decade? Does the company come recommended by your contractor? Have friends, family, neighbours or co-workers used their services? Is the company willing to provide you with a reference from a previous customer?
  • Inventory. Does the company advertise only a few types of stone, or do they maintain a showroom with hundreds of types of stone for you to peruse? (And avoid, at all costs, choosing a slab by looking at a small sample of stone! It’s important to see the whole slab).
  • Delivery. Does the company have its own mode of delivery?
  • Staff. When you visit the showroom, are you welcomed warmly by staff? Are your questions answered to your satisfaction?
  • Importing. Does the company have a relationship with the quarries where stone comes from, or do they deal merely with middlemen? Better stone importers send representatives to quarries and are knowledgeable about the slabs they sell.

The Process

 
You won’t be able to buy the slab you choose at a reputable stone importer-distributor’s showroom – you will need to "tag” it (reserve it), and the company will sell it to your fabricator. A fabricator will come to your home and measure all cabinetry, then create a plywood template for your countertop. When the stone is delivered, the fabricator will create your beautiful marble or granite countertop, then deliver and install it.
 
A fine stone countertop is a thing of beauty. Choose wisely and well, and enjoy your granite or marble slab countertop for decades to come.