Transporting quartz countertops requires careful planning and execution to avoid damaging these heavy and fragile stone surfaces. With some preparation and the right equipment, you can securely and safely move quartz countertops without cracks, chips or breaks.
Choose an Experienced Moving Company
The best option for transporting quartz countertops is to hire an experienced moving company that specializes in transporting stone surfaces. They will have the right equipment, materials and knowledge to properly protect and secure the quartz slabs during loading, transit and unloading. Some things to look for in a qualified moving company:
- Experience transporting natural stone like quartz, granite, marble, etc.
- Use of lifting equipment designed for heavy and fragile loads. This may include lift gates, suction cups, straps, wooden crates and other specialized gear.
- Trained staff who understand how to handle natural stone properly.
- Insured and licensed for residential moving services.
- Offer guaranteed safe delivery of your quartz slabs.
Choosing movers who meet these criteria gives you assurance that your countertops will be handled with the utmost care and arrive safely.
Inspect Countertops Before Transport
Before the scheduled transport date, thoroughly inspect your quartz slabs and note any chips, cracks or flaws. Point these imperfections out to the movers and have them clearly marked. This creates a record of any pre-existing damage so the moving company does not get blamed.
Also indicate particularly fragile areas or edges that need extra protection. Communicate your expectations for safe handling procedures.
Prepare the Job Site
To facilitate smooth loading and unloading, ensure the pickup and delivery locations are clear of obstacles and debris. Measure doorways, halls and staircases to confirm the quartz slabs will fit through. For especially tight spaces, arrange for a crane lift or use of straps to carefully tilt the slabs vertical.
At the destination, have a clear path prepared from the truck to the installation area inside. Protect floors and walls with cardboard or plywood to prevent scratches or dents during the move.
Use Proper Packing Materials
The movers should use materials designed to cushion and stabilize heavy stone:
- Foam pads – Softer ethafoam pads cushion the bottom and prevent slipping.
- Wooden crates – Sturdy slat crates brace slabs and prevent bending.
- Cardboard – Placed between slabs prevents scratching.
- Bubble wrap – Wrapping edges protects against chips and dings.
- ** Straps** – Secures slabs to prevent shifting during transit.
Ensure padding covers the entire surface and overhangs edges. Stack slabs vertically, never flat or on edges.
Load the Truck Carefully
The mover’s truck should have a smooth, flat bed cleared of any equipment or objects. The staff should load the quartz pieces one at a time, centered on the truck bed.
Foam pads or plywood should cushion the bottom slabs to prevent cracking under the weight. Slabs must lay completely flat and never teeter off the edges. The load should not exceed the truck’s weight capacity.
Bracing straps secure the load during transit. Tie-downs prevent any slipping or sliding of the quartz slabs. Drive slowly and avoid potholes or sudden stops.
Unload Using Safe Techniques
Upon arrival, carefully unload the quartz slabs using the same precautions as during loading. Keep the pieces flat and well-supported. Avoid tilting the slabs and placing excessive lateral strain on the fragile edges.
If needed, use suction cups, straps or crates to gently maneuver each piece off the truck. Refrain from dragging, scraping or knocking the slabs together.
Inspect for Any New Damage
As each piece comes off the truck, thoroughly inspect for any signs of new damage including chips, cracks, or scratches. Document any damage you discover and notify the movers immediately. Photograph any questionable areas for insurance claims.
Although proper precautions aim to prevent damage, accidents may still occur during shipping and handling of heavy quartz slabs. Address any damage issues promptly with the moving company.
Hire Professional Installers
Rather than risk damaging your quartz countertops during installation, consider hiring professionals. Experienced quartz fabricators and installers have the skills to move and install the slabs without cracks, chips or uneven seams.
Leaving it to the experts gives you peace of mind that your countertops will be beautifully installed and free of defects. Check installers’ references to verify their quartz experience.
With careful preparation, hiring professional movers, and using proper transport techniques, you can have your heavy quartz slabs safely delivered. Paying close attention to each step reduces the chances of damage during the move. Then you can enjoy your lovely new quartz countertops for years to come.
Frequently Asked Questions About Transporting Quartz Countertops
How much does it cost to have quartz countertops professionally transported?
The cost for professional transportation of quartz slabs ranges from $150 to $600 depending on distance traveled and number of pieces moved. Get quotes from at least 3 experienced moving companies.
What precautions prevent cracking of my quartz slabs?
- Pad bottom and edges with soft foam
- Load pieces vertically, never flat
- Strap slabs tightly to prevent shifting
- Drive truck slowly and steadily
- Avoid potholes, bumps or sudden stops
Should I hire separate companies for transportation and installation?
While certainly possible, it is often preferred to have the same company handle transport and installation. This provides end-to-end accountability for any damage during shipping or installation.
How can I check if a moving company is properly insured?
Ask to see the mover’s certificates of insurance. Confirm they have adequate liability coverage and protection for damage to goods in transit. A minimum of $1 million liability is recommended.
What is the best way to move quartz slabs through tight spaces?
For narrow halls or small doorways, carefully tilt the slab vertical using straps. This rotates the slab to fit through, but requires 2+ people to stabilize the piece. Alternatively, arrange for a crane lift over the roof.
What should I do if my quartz arrives damaged?
Carefully inspect all pieces upon unloading. Photograph any new chips, cracks or scratches. Notify the mover immediately and file a damage claim right away. Most movers have time limits for reporting damages.
Transporting heavy and fragile quartz slabs requires great care and the right techniques. Hiring professional movers experienced in handling stone provides needed expertise to prevent damage. With proper preparation of the loading and unloading sites, right packing materials, cautious truck loading and unloading, and immediate inspection upon arrival, you can feel confident your beautiful quartz countertops will arrive in perfect condition, ready for stunning installation.