Clients FAQ

Clients frequently asked questions include samples, payments, minimum order, delivery time, loading, packing etc.

1)Q: Could I get a sample?

A: Yes, just specify your requirement.We usually supply 100*100*10mm. Normally our stone samples are all free of charge. But we will send the samples based on freight collect except for our long-term partner. Therefore, sometimes you're requested to provide a courier service account number. 

2)Q: what is your minimum order? 

A:It depends on what you are buying. Normally,our minimum order is one 20' full container, with mixed products, such as tiles, countertops, stone carvings and so on. But this doesn't mean that we don't accept LCL container (less than a container load)..

3)Q: What is your payment term? 

A:Our standard payment term could be T/T (50% in deposit, balance on the receipt of copy of B/L) or irrevocable letter of credit at sight.

4)Q: What is approximate delivery time from order? 

A:Within 20-45 days after receipt of your L/C or TT according to your quantity.

5)Q: How could I get to know how much stone I could load per 20' container? 

A:At Xiamen Port in China, we could load the maximum gross weight of 27 tons into one 20'container. Therefore, how much stone you could load per 20' container depends on the weight limit on the roads or railway of your country. The density of stone colors ranges from 2600 to 3000KGS per cubic meter. The marble is around 2600KGS per cubic meter. The granite is around 2700KGS per cubic meter except for black granite with a density of 3000KGS per cubic meter. Please note that there should be at least 1000KGS held for the weight of the wooden crates. Therefore, for America, the quantity per 20' container load is as follows. 
3/8" thickness: 6459 sq.ft. 
3/4" thickness: 3229sq.ft
1 1/4" thickness: 2153 sq.ft. 
1 1/2" thickness: 1615sq.ft. 
2" thickness: 1292 sq.ft. 
For most of the European countries and Middle East, the quantity per 20'container load is as follows. 
1cm: 935M2
1.2cm: 772M2 
1.5cm: 617M2
2cm: 463M2 
2.5cm: 370M2
3cm: 309M2
4cm: 231M2 
5cm: 185M2 

6)Q. We have assumed approx 60 gangsaw slabs per container - please advise your estimate.
2 cm = 375 m2 per container - say 90-100 slabs
3 cm = 250 m2 per container - say 60-70 slabs

7)Q. What is your standard slab size or can we specify?
A. You can specify however the price lists show the usual minimum sizes available.

8)Q:How many colors we can load in one 20' container for countertops or tiles?
A:Normally about 2-4 colors. It is easier for us if you buy no more than 4 colors (say 2-3 colors)and we appreciate it. Especially for some foreign/imported granite or marble, they are not so popular. If you buy many colors for one container, it will make us inefficient and the cost will be really high.

9)Q: Why are your prices so competitive?
A: You are buying directly from the manufacturer and exporter. 

10)Q. What is the difference between First Choice and Commercial Quality?
A. First Choice materials have no visible flaws, are uniform in character and material thickness does not vary. All materials are filled with epoxy resin where deemed necessary and completed to accepted international standards. Tiles are carefully calibrated, bevelled and polished. 
Commercial Quality materials do not generally meet the visually aesthetic requirements of the retail stone industry. They may have one or more spots, lines, or may have different shading from what is expected by the market. In addition for tiles, an estimated 10% of them also have some minor technical problems such as small fissures, a slightly chipped bevel or a wheel-mark. These materials can be an inexpensive option for flooring needs on low-budget projects.

11)Q.Granite counters expensive?
A. Granite counters start at $25 per square foot. For most kitchens, this means $52 per running foot for a 25" counter. This is usually quite a bit less expensive than solid surfacing material such as Corian©. Of course, this is more expensive than Formica. 

12)Q.Can I really do this myself? 
A.You don't need to be an expert, but you should have some good experience with general carpentry, renovation, etc. In most instances, the job can go smoothly, but sometimes you may find some difficulty. And an expert or some experience is necessary. (For instance, you may have to adjust a seam with a diamond saw if your walls aren't square and your template didn't reflect the angle). You can always hire an expert to do the template and installation - a countertop person, tile person or kitchen person can usually handle this assignment.

13)Q.Does Granite stain?
A.In general, no. All stone, however, is porous to some extent, but Granite has very little porosity. Most colors will never show any moisture. A few colors may show some moisture if exposed for a period of time. For example, a puddle of water left on the counter for 30 minutes for some colors, may show a dark spot when the water is wiped away. This spot will then dry up and no evidence will show. Only a few colors demonstrate this trait.
Our granite has a sealer applied at the fabricator, however some customers prefer to apply a stone sealer (available at tile and granite shops) after the granite is installed.

14)Q.Will my granite look like the sample?
A.Since granite is a natural product, with naturally occurring variations in color, tone, granularity, pattern, etc. These variations are expected and are the source of its natural beauty. The samples you see will not be the same when compared to the slabs you receive. A sample is piece from the slab, and since granite is a product of nature they ought to differ. Granites such as Absolute Black, Black Galaxy, and a few more are similar through out having no or very little variation. It is always wise to see the slab and not judge it by the sample.

15)Q.Can you scratch granite?
A.Granite is one of the hardest stones available. It cannot be scratched in ordinary use. A knife blade will not scratch it. It can only be scratched with specially sharpened tools designed to work with granite like tungsten and diamond tools. 

16)Q.Can it chip?
A.In only cases of sever abuse with a hammer or impact tool. A chip can be filled with a granite dust and epoxy mixture.

17)Q.Will seams show?
A.Because granite is a natural material and is mined from the quarry in blocks usually no more than 10' long, you will end up with seams. Also, because granite is sold in rectangular pieces, you may want to use seams to reduce your costs, such as in a 'L' shaped corner. The visibility of seams will depend on the granularity, color and pattern. A small, uniform grain (such as Regal Grey) will not be as apparent as a larger varied grain (such as Deer Island). A dark color (Spring Green) will be less apparent than a light color (Pine Green). A dramatic pattern with swaths of color (Kinawa, Paradiso) will show more seams than a uniform pattern (Dakota Mahogany). Most customers have found that the beauty of natural granite outweighs the concern of seams.

18)Q.How are seams made?
A.Seams are made where the granite joins with a smooth straight cut. During installation, a small bead of silicone is placed along the seam to seal it. Occasionally, in areas of stress or without sufficient support, the seams will be joined with epoxy, which must be supported temporarily until the epoxy cures. 

19)Q.How do you take care of Granite?
A.Occasionally clean with ordinary window cleaner.

20)Q.Does granite stain or burn?
A.No. You can't burn it with ordinary use. Granite does not stain. The only caveat is that a few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact. Usually, no evidence remains when the liquid is removed and the granite dries, but could be a problem with dark pigmented liquids. Although granite has a sealer applied at the fabricator, a stone sealer is recommended for all granite after installation. 

21)Q.How are sinks done?
A.Sinks are either drop-in mount or under mount. Sinks come in a variety of materials, including stainless steel, ceramic and enameled cast iron as well as some synthetics. A cutout needs to be made in the granite to accommodate the sink. The sink will have directions and a template for the cutout. If you are doing your own templates, the sink must be precisely located and the cutout indicated exactly. You must also send the sink template with your plastic templates. You must have a minimum of 3" and preferably 3 1/2" of granite between the sink and edge for structural integrity. 

22)Q.Do Granite counters overhang the cabinets? 
A.Most counters overhang by 1" which is standard. This may be changed for whatever reason due to cabinet configuration or personal tastes. 

23)Q.Can granite cantilever?
A.You can cantilever granite up to 14" with sufficient support on the fixed end and with a large enough piece. Never cantilever unsupported granite where it might receive excessive stress like someone sitting on a counter or stepping on a counter to change a light bulb. You must have support underneath for these situations. 

24)Q.Can granite crack?
A.Not with ordinary use. Granite is most susceptible to cracks during shipping and installation. Normal use will not overstress this durable material. 

25)Q.Can I use the granite that remains from a cutout for a sink or cook-top?
A.There is usually no granite left over from a cutout. The granite for the cutouts is generally destroyed in the process of creating the cutout. Large diameter drills are used together with diagonal saw cuts to remove the cutout. 

26) Q:Could you guarantee your quality? How? 
A:For each order, no matter it is small order or big order, we will have our Quality Inspectors to be responsible for quality testing of all stone raw materials and finished products.Each order will be followed and monitored from beginning to end by experienced QC inspectors to ensure quality standards and punctual delivery. In addition, we also welcome clients to monitor product quality by either personally visiting our production areas or employing third party independent inspection companies.Quality is the life of an enterprise. It is our principle that we will not ship any unqualified goods to our customers.