In the photo above you'll see a beautiful lobby. Just look at all the stone! But in order to get there, a lot has to happen. Below is an abridged (very abridged) order of what happens on a project of this scope.
HERE: TBA). So when material is finally found that'll actually work, the order is placed and material is sent to the fabricator.
What I described is a prefect scenario. At any point things can go wrong. In sourcing, one block could have a vein that the designers don't like so it can't be used, but you don't know until after it's be slabbed (to go from a block to a slab). Sometimes cutting material in Fabrication could run into issues. Full slabs could be wasted. Material could be damaged in transport or on site when trying to be installed. It's not easy hoisting material 25' in the air. And lastly, during inspection, if the designer / architect don't like a particular pattern or hue, they could request that panels be swapped.
So for all of the reasons mentioned, and more, the professionals always order extra material. Even if you're working on a small DIY tile job in your house, you should order 10% extra material to account for waste. Often times this extra material just sits in the warehouse of the fabricator. But because space is limited most times, fabricators end up THROWING AWAY perfectly good material because they have to make room to store material for new jobs. We felt there's got to be another way.
StoneTrash was started to solve this industry problem: Excess Waste
Even a small job like a reception desk at a corporate office will result in ordering extra material. Especially when the job requires long runs without a seam. The only way to do the job is to order sometimes 2X the footage required so you can avoid seams.
Our prices reflect the fact that, for some sellers, they are more interested in getting the material out of their shop then they are recouping the cost of the extra material. And remember, even when they throw this material out, it's not cheap. They pay per pound the dispose of excess material and stone is very heavy. For example, natural stone is 18lbs per sq. ft. for 3CM (1 1/4") thick material. That puts your average slab at almost a 1/2 TON!
I hope this post sheds some light onto why some prices of material seem so good. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to us. And if you'd like to see some of our best deals on stone material, click the links below.