Natural Stone Slab: GTA Importers
If you are thinking of installing
natural stone granite or marble slabs countertops in your home, you should
visit GTA stone showrooms. Some of the best Toronto area stone
importer-distributors maintain large showrooms where members of the general
public can go to see a wide variety of stone slabs and other products. Seeing
actual slabs is very different than merely looking at small samples, and can
inspire entire design schemes! Most of us have no idea of the range of colours
and patterning available in granite, marble, and other stone, so a visit to a
good showroom can be a real education. But how do you choose a supplier of
natural stone slabs? Here are some hallmarks of a good stone
company. With large chains, employees may not have the expertise to help
you properly. Stone is bought in bulk and questions about the source of the
stone or the process by which it has been finished may be left unanswered.
Independent stone suppliers, on the other hand, have a direct relationship with
the quarries that they source stone from. Many of them have been dealing with
specific stone quarries around the world for years, and have visited the places
where their stone comes from. An independent supplier has more at stake, and thus
cares more about his or her product. Stone import businesses are often family
enterprises, and you may find more than one generation of family members
working in the showroom!
Record. Choose a company that’s been in business for more than a few
years. Some of the best GTA importers have been around for decades, and have
hundreds of clients that can recommend their company. Do internet searches and
ask friends, family, co-workers, and neighbours for their recommendations. If
you like a supplier’s showroom but don’t know anyone who has used their
services, ask a company representative if they can provide references from a
When you visit the company’s showroom, pay close attention to
how employees treat you. Are you welcomed? (One GTA importer even offers its
customers espresso, making a stop at Starbucks unnecessary!) Does the supplier
have a lot of stone on display, or just a few examples? Do you see the colours
and patterns you want in the showroom?
of staff. Are your questions answered well? When you leave, do you feel as
if you know a lot more about stone than you did when you arrived? Can staff
tell you where a particular stone comes from and how it’s processed?
When you shop for a stone countertop, you want a price that’s fair, but not
necessarily the lowest price. Very low prices could indicate inferior stone or
cheap processing practices.
Buying a Natural Stone Slab
Once you’ve selected a unique and
beautiful stone slab, the next step is to "tag” it, or reserve it. Stone
importers don’t sell slab directly to the public, so your fabricator will have
to order it. He or she can then create your one-of-a-kind countertop!
Visit a stone importer’s showroom
today, and learn more about natural stone countertops.