Material Quality & Quarrying Techniques
- Granite supplied to you direct from our own quarries allows us to offer our customers the best products at extremely competitive prices.
- Be very sceptical of companies claiming to have hundreds of quarries!
- Modern quarrying techniques with blocks extracted using proven methods.
- We do not dynamite/blast any of our quarries which can cause hairline cracks in the material.
- All quarries are sympathetically operated with the minimum of ecological disruption.
- All granite tiles from Eurasian are carefully calibrated, bevelled and polished.
- We also process only the best quality granite slabs and countertops.
- Our prices are for first quality material only.
- A wide selection with your choice of delivery schedule.
- We were the first Indian company to import, adopt and use European production machinery in the 1970s with processing machines from France, Germany, Italy and Japan.
- All machines use water cutting & grinding process, see below.
- Child/underage labour has NEVER been employed by our company.
Water V. Kerosene Cutting
- Eurasian uses water exclusively for cutting and polishing all granite products whether they be tiles, slabs, countertops or memorials. This has been the industry accepted method for processing granite for many years however there are some producers that use kerosene in place of water as a medium for cutting. To try and remove the kerosene from the material they then soak the granite in water.
- Granite is naturally porous and although the kerosene cannot be seen on the surface, the kerosene does remain within the granite. Processing granite using kerosene increases by 20%-30% the life of the diamond tools used therefore the processed price cost of the granite is lower however one ends up with an inferior product because:
1. The naturally occurring dormant ferrous and ferric particles in the granite will be triggered by the kerosene and the resultant chemicals formed will eventually find their way out of the polished surface creating discolorations and pit holes.
2. The polished surface, which normally lasts for years, will begin showing dull patches within 18 to 24 months on kerosene processed granite. In many cases the polish is lost on the entire batch of granite giving a honed rather than polished finish.
3. When kerosene processed granite is used over traditional radiant heating systems, the kerosene will slowly evaporate out of the granite causing health hazards and unpleasant odours.
- Do ensure when comparing prices and quality that you are comparing like with like.
- The depth of gloss (mirror) polish will be a minimum 95% for most black granite materials.
- Especially for Absolute Black granite if one cannot see an almost perfect mirror reflection the polishing is almost certainly sub-standard however, insofar as some exotically veined black granites are concerned, the actual veining will not permit such a high gloss on the non-black areas!
- Other materials, depending upon choice, should be a minimum 80% gloss polish.
- It is important to note that some materials, especially coloured granite, mable and limestone, cannot achieve a high gloss (mirror) polish.
- Slab lengths and widths will be given a 2cm allowance from the narrowest point of measurement.
- Since granite is a natural product it is not possible to give standard lengths and widths for random slabs, however you will always be offered the estimated slab measurements before sawing blocks to decide whether those slabs are suitable for your purposes.
- Slabs that are in stock ready for shipment will already have been measured. These can be independently inspected and verified if required.
- Dimensioned slabs (cut-to-size) are available for countertops/worktops, cladding, paving & project work.
- Materials with natural open-veined formation will have a suitable resin or expoxy filler applied.
- The thickness of gang sawn slabs will have a tolerance of +/-1/2mm, the polished face will be level.
- Tiles are produced to +/-0.1/2mm.
- Colour enhancers are not used.
The Differences Between Grades : First Choice & Commerical Quality
- Firstly it is important to note that Triple AAA Grade granite/limestone/marble/etc. does NOT exist within the international natural stone industry! This is terminology created by Ebay buyers and sellers who, in general, have very little natural stone trade knowledge and experience.
- However Triple AAA Grade is used by the engineering industry for specifying accuracy and grading of a horizontal surface plate, black granite is very popular for this application, one main surface is processed extremely flat with an accuracy up to .00001"/.00025 mm for a grade AA or AAA plate:
1) Laboratory Grade AA
2) Inspection Grade A
3) Shop or Toolroom Grade B
- No one produces slabs, countertops or tiles with such a degree of accuracy for commercial or residential applications.
- Granite is used for surface plates since they do not warp, are accurate under load conditions, have a uniformity and hardness, are easy to clean, have thermal stability, low porosity, vibration absorbent, non-corrosive, rust-proof, are non-abrasive and non-magnetic. Whilst it is possible to chip a granite surface plate normally it will only result in the chip however this does not affect the accuracy of the overall surface.
- First Choice material is exactly that. When you receive it all you should need to do when fabricating is to cut to size, profile whatever needs to be done etc. The polishing should be of a high gloss standard and there should be no visual defects in the material. Wastage should be low.
- Tiles will be ready for immediate installation with no wastage whatsoever and there should be no visible imperfections.
- Commercial Quality usually means that there will almost certainly be some obvious defects such as small natural hairline cracks and maybe some blotches, clouds or possibly lines in the material. A good sawyer and fabricator can use the slab to his best advantage however, obviously, a reasonable trade knowledge is required to get the best out of the slabs.
- It is possible to save polishing costs by not grinding the slabs thoroughly through each process and is accepted as a norm by many project specifiers therefore pay attention if the polish does not seem very reflective.
- A great many slabs seen in the USA are actually Commercial Choice and not First Quality as purported. There is nothing wrong with Commercial Choice material. Most companies buying on price buy this quality without even knowing it! A Brazilian Government report concluded that 90% of exported Brazilian granite slabs to the USA were of Commercial Quality.
- Tiles will be ready for immediate installation with little or no wastage however it is most likely that visible imperfections such as an open vein or an unfavourable colour shade or even a sub-standard surface polish is evident. Quite often veining that would be unacceptable in large slabs are acceptable in Commercial Quality tile format.
- Second Quality is not very well known to the public and should really only be used for large scale contracts unless specifically requested where the slabs are to be cut into smaller modules. There will be many repairable natural defects and, most likely, blotches in the material. For experienced fabricators this can be a great way to save money on raw material costs however the extra time taken to make best use of the material must be taken into account.
- Buying Second Quality should only be done either by self-inspection or by a trusted inspector. Wastage could be high and should not be considered for use as counter tops.
- Tiles should be ready for immediate installation however wastage will be much higher and visible imperfections such as open veins, even cracks, unpopular colours and poor surface polish could be evident.
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