Easy Ways To Ship Stone Tiles
Stone tiles have a rich history and versatile use in architecture and design. This article explores the types of stone tiles, their benefits, and the best practices for shipping them. Discover why choosing FreightCenter for your stone tile shipping needs is a smart move.
For thousands of years, civilizations worldwide have used stone tiles, from the Ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians to the Greeks and the Romans. As a beneficial material, stone tiles have stood the test of time and have been appreciated for their decorative, architectural, and practical purposes. Stone tiles were among the earliest forms of flooring in Ur (modern-day Iraq) and ancient Egypt and were used in homes and temples.
During the times of the Ancient Greeks and Romans, these tiles were used for intricate mosaics and wall installations. Over time, the popularity of these materials spread throughout Europe and was used extensively during periods such as the Byzantine Empire, Medieval Europe, and the Renaissance. Stone materials were widely used for cathedrals, castles, churches, and palaces during these times. Stone tile remained popular into colonial times and continues to be used in modern construction and interior design.
Historically, stone tiles have been valued across societies for their beauty, adaptability, and endurance. Despite its ancient origins and usage, stone tiles remain a prevalent building material for architectural and decorative purposes.
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Why Choose FreightCenter For Shipping Stone Tiles?
When you choose to work with us, you are choosing to make your shipping process seamless. Here are just some of the benefits working with our Third Party Logistics company will have on your shipping experience:
- When you partner with FreightCenter, a premier 3PL (Third Party Logistics) company with over twenty-four years of experience within the logistics industry, you are choosing success. Over the decades, our team has dealt with nearly every shipment imaginable. There is no shipment process we cannot help you with!
- FreightCenter employs a knowledgeable staff always willing to learn and grow with industry changes and advancements. We are ready to answer any questions you have throughout the entire process!
- We act as the middleman between you and your carrier; you do not have to worry about playing phone tag with your trucker. Your agent will directly communicate with you and your carrier, delivering any necessary information or updates between you.
- We secure the best transit carrier and route for you at the best price. There is no need to spend hours figuring out the logistics or searching for a worthwhile deal.
- We make it easy to ensure your shipments by guiding you toward the best providers. Whether you need full or partial coverage, we have you covered!
- We arrange the pickups and drop-offs while also making sure to track each shipment in transit. This ensures that you know where your packages are every step of the way!
Shipping Stone Tiles
Stone tiles are very delicate and susceptible to damage, so it is essential to ship them correctly and work with an expert logistics team like FreightCenter. Make sure to follow the steps below carefully. If you have any questions regarding the packaging and shipping procedures or the process in general, our freight agents are available and ready to assist you!
Packaging: Getting this step right is essential in protecting your shipment. Wrap each tile in bubble wrap or foam to prevent scratching or friction damage. It is also wise to use cardboard separators between tiles to prevent damage. Choose a crate that is not too large, with minimal extra space to help prevent movement. Avoid stacking the product too high or loading it vertically.
Your best bet is to use short stacks or horizontal loading to help preserve the structural integrity. Stack the tiles with layers of cardboard or foam between the tiles. Palletizing or banding the tiles into cubes is another efficient and effective way to package the tiles. The last two cubed loads are usually placed on rubber mats to prevent them from shifting.
Stacking & Arranging: Stack the tiles securely in a wooden crate or box if you are shipping multiple stone tiles. If you are sending a large amount of them, using a pallet to ship might add stability to the shipment. Make sure the tiles are arranged in a way that minimizes movement during the shipping process.
Cushioning: Choose substantial cushioning materials like foam, cardboard, and air pillows. Place them under and around the tiles to prevent shifting during transportation. Cushioned materials help absorb shock and damage.
Sealing: Seal the package or crate tightly with robust packing tape. This step is also essential to preventing movement during transit.
Labeling: Label the package legibly, describing the package contents, fragility, and handling instructions. Ensure the labeled information is clear so it is dealt with appropriately during transportation.
Contact FreightCenter: FreightCenter recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. This 3PL has decades’ worth of experience in the logistics industry, and our team is comprised of experts in the field. When selecting a freight service, look for a reputable business with extensive experience and proven business success in shipping delicate and heavy items such as stone tiles.
Custom Crating: Custom wooden crates designed to fit your tiles’ specific shape and size can prove very valuable. This packaging can provide an extra secure layer of protection.
Documentation: Ensure you have completed all the necessary shipping documentation, including invoices, bills of lading, and any permits or certifications required for shipping stone tiles. This is especially important if the materials are exotic or protected.
Shipping Restrictions: Your FreightCenter agent will help you understand your stone tile shipment’s shipping restrictions or regulations. This especially applies if you ship tiles internationally, as they may be subject to import/export restrictions in other countries.
Insurance: Purchasing insurance is crucial for most shipments, and this case is no different with a shipment as fragile as stone tiles!
Tracking: Your freight agent will receive a tracking number once your shipment is booked. You can track the shipment in real-time, informing you about the shipment status and expected delivery date. Delivery/Unloading: Your freight agent will communicate with you about the expected delivery date/time and ensure you are ready to receive the shipment. Unloading these tiles might require special equipment and manpower, so prepare appropriately.
Cost to Ship
As with any other shipment, the cost to ship stone tiles varies depending on several factors. First, the weight and dimensions likely have one of the most significant impacts on shipping costs. Shipments that are larger and heavier will be more expensive. Since stone tiles are heavy, the weight will likely increase the cost automatically, so consider this factor when booking your shipment.
Another critical factor in pricing is the distance and shipping method. Whether you choose ground shipping, air, or sea freight, each method will affect the cost differently, but as a general rule, faster shipping methods, such as air freight, are usually more expensive. Additionally, the further the distance, the higher the cost.
Other factors influencing shipping costs include the shipping company, the type of stone tiles, packaging, crating, and insurance. The shipping company you choose will impact costs for better or worse. Different shipping companies have different shipping rates and pricing structures, so research and choose your carrier wisely. Your FreightCenter agent will help you obtain quotes from various carriers to help you determine the best rate. As mentioned, some stone tiles require more careful handling and shipping, increasing the cost.
More factors influencing the shipping cost of stone tiles include the packaging, insurance, shipping services, customs/duties, and volume discounts. First, the packaging and crating can contribute to the cost due to the weight of the crates and packaging materials. It will increase the cost if you need additional services such as a liftgate, inside delivery, and expedited shipping. Last, consider the insurance costs, as they will reflect the shipment’s declared value and customs and duties taxes, which will also increase the cost.
Considering all these factors when planning a stone tile shipment is essential because they will directly affect the total shipping cost. While all the extra factors may seem pricy, our expert freight agents will help you find the industry’s most efficient, reliable, and cost-effective freight rates. They will help you lock in the best deals and the most competitive rates without the stress! One of the hidden benefits of shipping large volumes of stone tiles is the potential for volume discounts. If you send a substantial quantity of stone tiles, the cost per tile may decrease.
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Use flatbed trucks for oversized or unusually shaped stone tile shipments.
Combine multiple modes of transportation, such as trucking and rail, for efficient and cost-effective shipping.
Transport stone tile shipments via rail for long-distance shipments or when moving several stone tile packages.
Ship stone tile shipments in containers on cargo ships for international transport.
Opt for air transportation when time-sensitive delivery of stone tile shipments is required
Arrange for trucking services to transport stone tile packages across international borders.
Engage specialized heavy haul trucking services for oversized or cumbersome stone tile shipments.
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Shipping Stone Tile FAQS
Q: What crates or packaging is best for shipping stone tiles?
A: Wooden crates or boxes are usually the best for shipping stone tiles. They provide the proper protection and stability. Custom-made crates can be used to fit the specific dimensions of the tiles.
Q: Should I insure my stone tile shipment
A: Like with any other shipment, purchasing insurance to protect yourself financially is a good idea. Even the most reputable carriers have experienced unforeseen damages with their shipments. It is better to be safe than sorry and purchase the insurance. Stone tiles are not immune to damage.
Q: How do you prepare for humidity when trying to ship porous stones like travertine?
A: When shipping stones susceptible to moisture absorption, use desiccant packs or humidity indicators within the packaging. This will help prevent moisture-related damage during the shipping process.
Q: How should stones with irregular shapes or cutouts be shipped?
A: Shipping these tiles with custom packaging that fits each tile snugly is best. The goal is to prevent movement and damage. In some cases, extra padding is required to protect the corners and edges.
Q: How should stone tiles with delicate inlays or designs be shipped?
A: These kinds of stone tiles should be packaged extra carefully. Custom-made packaging is beneficial and should be designed to hold the tiles securely in place and provide adequate cushioning.