Qualities of a Great Stone Veneer Company
Updated: Oct 4, 2022
If you've decided to install a stone veneer in your home, building or any other setting, getting high-quality materials for all your needs in this area is very important. One of the key factors here: Ensuring you're working with a reputable, experienced manufacturer of stone veneers who can meet your every project need.
At Harristone, we're proud to provide clients with a huge range of stone veneer products, accessories and more. We welcome comparisons of our services to others in our service areas, both because we want clients to get the very best solutions for their needs and because, just as importantly, we're very confident we're the best option to do so. When you're looking for a great stone veneer company to work with, what are the top qualities you should be evaluating? Here are several.
Reputation in the Industry
One of the key things to any great company is a strong reputation. You want to know that when you're working with a certain company, they have a good track record with clients and are known for providing high-quality products, services and more.
The same goes for stone veneer companies. You want to be confident the manufacturer you're working with has a great reputation in the industry for providing high quality products, stellar customer service and more.
Ask about basic company information, look for customer reviews and testimonials online and more to get a sense of what others think about working with the company you're considering. In an industry like stone veneers, it can also pay to utilize word-of-mouth references - ask friends, family and others if they have any recommendations for you.
Range of Products Offered
Another important factor to consider is the range of products offered by the company you're looking into. Ideally, you want to work with a stone veneer company that can provide you with everything you need for your project, from the stone veneers themselves to the tools, accessories and more.
At Harristone, we offer a wide selection of stone veneer products in many different styles, colors and more. We also provide all of the tools and accessories needed for installation, meaning you can get everything you need from a single source. This makes your project simpler and easier, and can save you time and money in the long run.
Answering Your Questions
You may have a variety of different questions about stone veneers, the installation process and more. When you're looking for a stone veneer company to work with, it's important to choose one that can answer all of your questions in a helpful, knowledgeable way.
On the flip side, stone veneer company staffers who cannot or will not answer your questions in a helpful way are likely not the best option. Be sure to ask plenty of questions when you're looking into different companies, and pay attention to both the quality of the answers provided as well as the attitude of company representatives.
Photos and Evidence from Past Work
Looking into a given stone veneer company's past projects can give you a good sense of the kinds of results they're able to achieve - and whether or not their work is up to your standards.
When you're looking at photos of past projects, take note of things like the overall style of the stone veneers used, how well they match or complement the buildings they were installed on and more.
Also, ask if the company you're considering is able to provide references from past clients so you can get first-hand feedback on their work. And when they do, don't forget to follow through and actually call the references!
Affiliations or Partnerships
Another good way of gauging the general quality and experience of a stone veneer company is to look into any affiliations or partnerships they have. Many companies become involved with professional organizations, product manufacturers and others in order to improve their offerings and better serve their clients.
In the stone veneer industry, for example, it's common to see companies who are members of the Natural Stone Institute or have earned certifications from the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute. These affiliations can be a good sign that a company is serious about their work and committed to providing high quality products and services.
Naturally, cost will be a major consideration for anyone in the market for a stone veneer -- and it's vital to look at both ends of the spectrum here. That is, while you're certainly going to look for the best deal possible, that doesn't necessarily mean just taking the lowest bid.
In many cases, the old saying "you get what you pay for" is true -- and when it comes to stone veneers, going with the cheapest company could end up costing you more in the long run if their products or services don't meet your needs. Instead of just looking at cost, then, be sure to consider all of the other factors on this list to ensure you're getting the best possible value for your money.
Delivery Terms and Conditions
If you're planning to have stone veneers delivered to your home or job site, it's important to pay close attention to the delivery terms and conditions offered by the company you're considering. In particular, you'll want to get a sense of their delivery timeframe and whether or not they charge extra for things like rush delivery.
You should also find out if the company offers any kind of warranty or guarantee on their products and/or services. This can give you some valuable peace of mind in case anything goes wrong during the project.
For more on what to evaluate as you're choosing a stone veneer partner, or to learn about any of our stone veneer products or accessories, speak to our team at Harristone today.