What is a slab?

Slabs are sections of stone cut from blocks that were extracted from the ground. Blocks of stones that are quarried are transported to a manufacturing facility where they are cut into thin slices known as slabs. Slabs used for countertops in the US market are usually either 3cm (1 1/4”) or 2cm (¾” thick). Once cut the slabs are then face polished and sent to local distribution centers. For quality assurance, slabs are always identified by the block number in which they came from and each slab is uniquely numbered for consistency. Projects that require more than one slab should always be cut from the same block matching unique slab numbers as closely as possible.

Natural Stone: Cost vs. Characteristics

There are a few key items that dictate the cost of natural stone; most importantly availability. For example, natural stone blocks that are quarried from smaller quarries that have limited production runs due to their remote locations, or quarries that are apt to frequent inclement weather conditions are more likely to produce slabs that cost more than those to the contrary. Additionally, country of origin, quarry size, export duties and shipping channels all contribute to the overall price of natural stone. Ultimately, the cost of the stone reflects supply and demand and has little to do with the overall quality of the stone. It’s a misconception that natural stones that are less expensive are more prone to staining, scratching or cracking.

Caayu Gives Back

Caayu recognizes and takes an active role in social responsibility. Yesterday our team made a donation to CRY America (Child Rights and You) and attended their Annual Benefit Dinner at The Pierre Hotel in New York City.

CRY America is a non-profit organization, driven by its vision of a just world in which all children have equal opportunities to develop to their full potential and realize their dreams. With the support of over 500 volunteers and 15,000 donors, CRY America has impacted the lives of over 358,000 children living across 1,916 urban, rural and tribal communities in India and the USA, through support to 52 projects

Every year CRY America works towards securing, protecting and ensuring rights of underprivileged children. This is made possible only by support of people and organizations. Since its inception CRY America has successfully been able to irreversibly change the lives of 345,000 underprivileged children. Unfortunately, there are over 240 million still waiting.