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How to Move Marble, Quartz, and Granite

Some heavy goods need to be handled with care. See how the experts at R+L Global Logistics can help you find out how to move marble, quartz and granite.

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Julia Hecht
June 11, 2020
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If you’re doing a bathroom remodel or you’re updating your kitchen, stone countertops can really take your design to the next level. However, as you’re probably expecting, knowing how to move marble, quartz, and granite slabs in one piece is a challenge—especially if you’re organizing the delivery yourself! However, there’s an easier way to transport stone slabs that won’t break the bank: working with a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Company like R+L Global Logistics. 

To learn how to move marble, quartz, and granite, you must first know the equipment that is required to do the job, as well as how it is used. You must also understand the appropriate way to handle the slabs to ensure they do not break. 

Marble, Quartz, and Granite Moving Equipment

Marble, Quartz, and Granite Moving Equipment

Because marble, quartz, and granite are transported as one solid piece, special equipment must be utilized to ensure the slabs don’t crack. Transporting this type of material is difficult, because it is notorious for being extremely delicate. Even carrying the slab incorrectly can result in catastrophic damages. 

The equipment needed to move slabs of marble, quartz, and granite include:

  • A crane
  • A flatbed
  • An A-frame
  • Heavy-duty straps
  • Moving blankets or padding
  • Carrying clamps
  • Gloves with rubber grips

However, the exact equipment, along with the techniques used, is going to depend on the size and shape of the stone being transported. 

Looking for a solution to move truckload freight? R+L Global Logistics handles truckload shipping. Let us know when and we'll handle the rest.

How to Transport Countertops

If you want to transport granite and marble countertops, you’re going to need to go in with reasonable expectations. 

Marble, quartz, and granite countertops are difficult to move for several reasons. For one thing, they are fragile and will break easily if handled incorrectly. For another thing, countertops are often installed as one solid piece, making them large, heavy, and often irregularly shaped. And, in order to do it right, moving finished countertops requires having several people on hand to help.

The first and most important thing to know before you get started is that stone countertops should always be carried vertically, and never flat. This can be achieved with carrying clamps, which attach handles to the slab to make it easier to carry. Even during transportation, the marble, quartz, or granite countertops should be attached to an A-frame that’s secured to the truck to keep them upright throughout their journey. 

However, even if you think you’ve done everything right, you can still run into trouble. Even if you’ve got friends to help you, you should really consider working with a 3PL instead. Real stone countertops are not cheap, so you should do what’s best to protect your investment. Plus, when you hand your counters over to a 3PL like R+L Global Logistics, you can even get insurance to cover your shipment in case of damage. 

How to Transport Marble, Quartz, and Granite Slabs

How to Transport Marble, Quartz, and Granite Slabs

Moving full slabs of marble, quartz, and granite is best left to the professionals. When you’re dealing with large slabs of heavy stone, you need to be realistic about the kinds of tools you’re going to need. Unlike with countertops, you cannot simply carry a slab of natural stone onto a truck.

First things first, you’re going to need a flatbed freight truck. There’s no way around that. Then, you’re going to need a much larger A-frame than you would need for countertops, and you’re going to need to make sure that it is securely attached to the flatbed. If it’s not, that could have serious consequences. Finally, you’ll need a crane and heavy straps to lift the slab onto the A-frame on the back of the flatbed and secure it all together.

Now, you understandably aren’t going to have this kind of equipment on-hand. If you want to get this done right, you need to work with a reputable 3PL. That way, you could ensure your shipment is handled by professionals with all the correct equipment. Additionally, if your shipment ends up being overweight, you won’t have to worry about complying with the regulations for shipping overweight freight, since the 3PL would take care of that for you too. 

Looking for a solution to move truckload freight? R+L Global Logistics handles truckload shipping. Let us know when and we'll handle the rest.

Working with a 3PL to Move Marble, Quartz, and Granite

If you purchase a granite countertop, chances are the people fitting your kitchen will also deliver and install it. But if you’re doing it yourself, or you are buying a reused countertop, then you’re going to need to organize the transportation yourself. You could move it yourself, but moving marble, quartz, and granite is a complicated and delicate process, so why risk the safety of your expensive countertops by trying a save a few bucks this way? 

Rather than put your new bathroom vanity or kitchen counter in jeopardy, you could work with a 3PL to reduce the likelihood of damage. 3PLs have access to the right tools and experts to get the job done right, so you won’t have to worry about cracking your countertop in the back of your pickup truck, or dropping it while trying to unload. 

Move Marble, Quartz, and Granite with R+L Global Logistics

R+L Global Logistics is a world-class 3PL with a network of the most reliable carriers on the road. If you’re tired of wondering how to move marble, quartz, and granite, then contact us for help in getting your shipment on the road! If you need help shipping other things for your home improvement projects, we can help with that too! We can help with transporting fiberglass pools, construction equipment transport, and how to ship trees—and anything else!

By working with R+L Global Logistics, you can take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Real-time freight visibility
  • 99.5% on-time delivery record
  • Multilingual specialists
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Flexibility to meet any customer’s needs
  • Financial strength
  • Competitive pricing

If you’re ready to move marble, quartz, and granite, contact us today to get a free freight quote, or give us a call at (866) 353-7178. We promise it’ll be worth your time. 

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