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About GlobalFair

01   What does GlobalFair do?

GlobalFair is a leading B2B firm simplifying the procurement of building materials like countertops, quartz countertops, cabinets, natural stones, tiles, vinyl flooring & prefabricated countertops. With our easy-to-use tech-based platform, you can place orders and track deliveries in real time – all in one place.

02   Where is GlobalFair located?

GlobalFair is located in Bangalore, India with an office in the USA.

03   How many years of experience does GlobalFair has in the industry?

GlobalFair has been in the business for more than a year and has delivered ace building material products across countries like the USA, North America and South Asia.

04   What make GlobalFair different from its competitors?

We are an end to end solution provider for all construction needs. We take care of multiple pain points of our buyers and provide them with a seamless experience. We have a rigid selection scheme for suppliers which maintains quality control, logistics partners that ensure 2x faster delivery and excellent customer support team, available 24*7 for our buyers.

05   What are the benefits of GlobalFair?

If you associate with GlobalFair, you will get multiple benefits. You can easily track orders and also view historic orders. Furthermore, you will also get multiple discounts, and special deals. You can procure sample orders along with maintaining a cart and wishlist of your favorite products and catalogs.

06   How long does it take to generate estimates?

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07   Does GlobalFair offer Warranty ?

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08   Which locations does GlobalFair provide its services?

GlobalFair offers services in the United States of America, North America and South Asia.

09   Do you offer free samples?

Yes, Globalfair offers free samples so that our customers can first try our products and analyze our quality.

10   Are GlobalFair's products eco - friendly?

Yes, all Globalfair products are manufactured keeping in mind the best interest of our environment. Our focus is always to help our customers procure materials that are sustainable for the environment.

11   Does GlobalFair offer customized products?

Yes, GlobalFair offers tailor made products curated according to your taste and choice. Furthermore, all these products are delivered to your doorstep in absolutely no time.

12  How do I ensure that GlobalFair provides sustainable green products?

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13  GlobalFair committed to providing sustainable green products?

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14  What measures does GLOBALFAIR take to ensure product quality?

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15  How does the Delivery Process work at GlobalFair?

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Quartz

16  What is Quartz?

Quartz is an igneous rock composed of oxygen and silicon atoms and it is the second most abundant mineral on the planet. It can be used to make kitchen and bath countertops. It is also one of the top countertop materials purchased by builders, contractors and homeowners besides marble and granite.

17  Is quartz a natural stone?

Quartz is most definitely a natural mineral but it is not natural stone. Unlike natural stone like marble, granite and soapstone, quartz countertops are man made products. Along with containing natural quartz stone, they also contain resins, colors and other materials to enhance its strength, durability and style.

18  What is the durabilty and sustainability of quartz?

Quartz is one of the most durable minerals on the planet. Hence, quartz countertops will have a very long lifespan as long as they are taken good care of. Purchasing quartz countertops from reliable sources like GlobalFair can ensure countertops that can last a lifetime.

19  What is the difference between quartz and natural stone?

Quartz countertops differ from natural stones in several ways. Natural stones usually have complex patterns whereas quartz surfaces are consistent. As opposed to natural tones, quartz is non-porous and stain-, heart-, scratch-, and mold-resistant. Also, quartz requires very little maintenance.

20  What is the price difference between quartz and other natural stones?

Natural stones and quartz are premium countertop materials. Natural stones like granite countertops cost $80 to $175 per square foot. Quartz, on the other hand costs around $80 to $140 per square foot. Pricing however depends on other factors such as tariffs and taxation.

21  Does GlobalFair offer quartz in a variety of colors and designs?

Yes, at GlobalFair you can find quartz in a variety of colors and designs. Quartz countertops are composed of 93% natural quartz. Variation color, pattern, size, shape, and shade are inherent and unique characteristics to be expected with quartz products. Hence we first get our samples approved from customers before production.At GlobalFair, you can find solid warm and cool gray countertops to bold tones that will make your space one of a kind.

22  Where is quartz made?

Initially, quartz is mined and then manufacturers purchase the mineral as per their quality and needs. The minerals are crushed into smaller and uniform pieces. These crushed pieces comprise up to 9% of the engineered countertop along with polymeric resin. This makes the stone strong and durable.

23  Do quartz countertops contain pure quartz?

Quartz countertops contain 90% pure quartz. The rest of the countertops contain resins, polymers and various types of hues which make the materials durable and non-porous.

24  Where can you use quartz slabs inside your home?

Quartz countertops are ideal for kitchen and bathroom as their aesthetic appeal can vamp up the overall interior set up. Their non-porous quality makes them perfect for areas where food is being prepared and served. Furthermore, they can also be utilized in wall panels, stairways, customized flooring and furniture. Their adaptable nature makes them ideal for almost all indoor spaces.

25  What are the benefits of using quartz slabs?

Quartz slabs are highly durable, scratch free, heat resistant and non-porous. They are also highly stain resistant making them ideal for all spaces. The best quality of quartz slabs is that they are easy to maintain. They can be cleaned with just mild soap water and damp cloth. Along with this quartz countertops are also highly visually appealing.

26  What are the ways to maintain outdoor Quartz Countertops?

Quartz countertops are extremely durable and low maintenance. However, a few tips will ensure their longevity. Avoiding direct sun exposure will go a long way to maintain the look of outdoor countertops. Moreover, keeping in mind the weather condition and then installing outdoor countertops will also prove to be beneficial.

27  How are Quartz Countertops Made?

Quartz minerals are mined. Then, they are ground into an aggregate and later fused with resin that binds the rock under intense pressure and heat to form quartz slabs.

28  How can you take care of Quartz Countertops?

Like wood or natural stone, quartz countertops do not need to be sealed. Quartz countertops can be cleaned with the aid of a wet cloth or towel and some soapy water. In case of stains, gentle cleaning scrubs will suffice. Scouring pads must be avoided at all cost as it can dull the countertop surface.

Natural Stones

29  What is natural stone?

“Natural stone” refers to various products quarried from earth which are used over many years as building materials. Granite, marble, limestone, slate, quartz, travertine, sandstone are some of these products. Natural stone products vary from one another in terms of composition, color and texture. Hence, they are usually one of a kind and give a distinctive edge when used for decorative purposes.

30  What are the different types of natural stones?

The various types of natural stone products are as follows:
a) GRANITE - Granite is unequaled for elegance and durability that require little maintenance. Granite is the ideal material for use in large-scale structural projects like walls, monuments, and supports due to its extraordinary strength and density. Products made of granite are excellent for use as external decorative applications, vanities, countertops, and flooring.
b) MARBLE - Marble may be used anywhere in the house and is admired for its classic design, texture, and high-gloss polish in addition to a wide range of exquisite hues. Marble is one of the most adaptable decorative stones since it comes in solid or strikingly veined variations and can be carved or sculpted in many different ways.
c) LIMESTONE - Modern casual and easy lifestyles are ideal for the subdued, gentle tones of limestone. Products made of limestone are perfect for low-traffic, informal settings like baths, fireplaces, countertops, and flooring.
d) QUARTZITE - Quartz is a rock akin to slate with a medium grained texture and amazing resilience that shimmers and sparkles with tiny quartz crystals. Quartzite is frequently used in ornamental tiles and wall veneers. It is the ideal choice for flooring both inside and outside, including in locations with high traffic and exposure to the elements, due to its naturally non-skid texture.
e) SANDSTONE - It is simple to understand why sandstone products have been used for walls, floors, and pavers for thousands of years thanks to its homogeneous texture, attractive diversity of hues and finishes, and weather resistant sturdiness.
f) SLATE - Slate naturally separates into layers with exquisite textures because it was formed over a long period of time by sedimentary deposition and compression. Slate products are frequently used for flooring, cladding, and landscaping because they are strong and stain-resistant.

31  What is the difference between natural stone and man-made stone?

The main distinction is that natural stone comes from nature, whereas man made stones like quartz and ceramics are manufactured manually. The majority of man made stones are not as durable as natural ones. Natural stone normally just needs little restoration if it has been stained or scraped, unlike damaged man-made stones, which typically need to be replaced.

32  What are the different finishes for natural stone products?

The different types of stone finishes include:
a) Natural Cleft - Slate is the only material with a surface that is slightly irregular but still suitable for flooring. This finish develops spontaneously during the quarring of the slate layers; it cannot be manufactured. It is possible to gauge one side (the back side) to make "thin set" installation simpler. Only suited for wall applications, some marbles, sandstones, and limestones are available with extensive clefting.
b) Polished - A high gloss, mirror-like surface is produced by grinding, sanding, and polishing.
c) Honed - The finish is produced by grinding and sanding, and it is not glossy. This works best in settings with heavy usage and little upkeep.
d) Flamed - To create a flamed surface, expose the stone to a high-temperature torch flame, which burns the majority of the carbon content while leaving textured quartzites with a mild colouring.
e) Sandblasted - By applying a high pressure sand blast to the stone's surface, a rough but neat appearance has been produced.
f) River Wash - This treatment, which frequently covers granite, offers a non-slip surface while preserving the colour and grain pattern of the stone.
g) Leather - This polish gives the stone a suede-like appearance and feel. This surface's texture is slick and non-slip.
h) Tumbled - A mixture of sand, water, and weak acid is used to tumble stones to give them an aged appearance.
i) Veneer Stone - Any stone used as decorative wall cladding that is not intended to support weight. Veneer can be produced with a variety of surface treatments, including split face, cleft, honed, polished, flamed, or tumbled.
j) Gauged v/s Ungauged - Tiles are created by carving slate from blocks. It is gauged when it is split by a machine or saw because a uniform thickness is created. Ungauged stone has a thickness range of up to 5/8 of an inch and is hand-cleft.

33  Can natural stone be used for the exterior of residential and commercial buildings?

Due to their vulnerability to harsh weather conditions and potential for cracking, crumbling, or fading,natural stone is better suited for interior purposes than external ones. However, stones with naturally slip-resistant surfaces can be used for outdoor walks or patios.

34  Why pick granite over different stones?

Granite is the hardest and densest of all natural stones – the feldspar content in granite keeps it water resistant, and the silicates won't react with acid. These properties help Granite resist staining and retain its fine luster for a very long time. Hence, they are prefered over other natural stones like ceramic tiles or marbles. Hence, granite is picked over other natural stones.

35  What is quartzite?

Quartzite is a hard, dense, non foliated, crystalline, mono mineral metamorphic rock used for commercial and residential purposes. This versatile stone can be used in wall veneers, decorative tiles, and areas with heavy exposure to traffic and other elements.

36  What are the best natural stones right now?

Some of the best natural stone products include granite, marble, serpentine marble, slate, quartz, sandstone, limestone, travertine, shell stone, onyx and cantera stone.

37  Do natural stones need to be sealed?

Natural stone products do not need to be sealed. However, it is recommended that the grout be sealed or a pre-sealed grout used.

38  Which marble is best for kitchen countertops?

GlobalFair recommends sticking to white marbles like Auro White, Bruno White (cross vein), Indian Statuario, Splendor White, and Nero Marquino for kitchen countertops. Acid etching generally leaves a whitish mark which is more noticeable on colored marbles. Hence, sticking to white is the best option.

Floorings

39  What are the different types of flooring materials available at GlobalFair?

GlobalFair takes pride in exhibiting a surfeit of construction materials. The different types of flooring materials available at GlobalFair are vinyl flooring, spc flooring ceramic tile and porcelain tile.

40  What is the most durable type of flooring?

Porcelain and ceramic are the most durable flooring materials that require very little maintenance. Vinyl flooring too is ideal for places with high moisture. It is scratch resistant, spill resistant and comes in an extensive array of colors and patterns.

41  Which is better laminate or vinyl flooring?

Neither type of flooring is perfect across all categories. While vinyl flooring is perfect for high moisture areas and is also easy to maintain, laminate flooring offers a plethora of choices and has a higher resale value.

42  What flooring is best for bathrooms?

Ceramic and porcelain tiles are the most ideal for bathrooms as they are resilient, waterproof, available in a wide spectrum of colors and designs, and less expensive than other hard surface options. Ceramic and porcelain tiles can even handle puddles of water making them great for shower tiles.

43  Which is the best flooring for kitchen?

Tile is a much sought after option for kitchen mas they come in various sizes and colors and can be laid out in a variety of patterns to suit any design theme. Ceramic, porcelain and stone tile are all common choices for kitchen flooring options.

44  Which vinyl flooring is best for kitchen?

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is ideal for kitchens as they are durable, moisture resistant and easy to maintain. Since the kitchen sees a lot of spills and splashes from cooking and washing of utensils, it is mandatory to install a material that is water resistant. Vinyl’s durable and water resistant quality makes it the best choice for kitchens.

45  Is vinyl flooring waterproof?

Yes, most luxury vinyl planks are 100% waterproof making them a perfect flooring solution for households, basements, bathrooms and kitchens. LVP are durable, water resistant, easy to maintain and clean and warm underfoot and they can handle everyday wear and tear very easily. However, it also depends on the brand and installation method.

46  Is vinyl flooring eco friendly?

Vinyl is probably the most versatile flooring product in the market, but it is also one of the least eco friendly. It can be recycled but the process is a tad difficult and also expensive. It must however be mentioned that despite the drawback, most of the vinyl waste produced in the world today is recycled each year.

47  What is SPC Flooring made of?

Stone Plastic Composite, sometimes known as Stone Polymer Composite, is a technical term. Engineered with cutting-edge technologies, SPC planks possess unmatched durability. The top wear layer, a printed vinyl layer, a hard core, and the final backing layer make up its four layers. Similar to the widely used vinyl flooring, the top two layers provide the same purpose. By reducing excessive wear and tear, the protective wear layer is essential for the longevity of your flooring. The printed vinyl layer, as its name implies, is created using lifelike pictures that imitate the appearance of materials like stone, ceramic, or wood. This core layer, which is high in density and dimensional stability, distinguishes SPC from other flooring kinds.

48  Can wood flooring be installed over tile?

Yes, engineered wood or laminate flooring can be installed over tile if the tile is in decent shape. It is crucial to use prefinished engineered hardwood or laminate flooring if it is to be installed over tile. The floor will be glued or floated as per the manufacturer.

Cabinets

49  Which cabinets are the best?

Kitchen cabinets add an alluring touch to your entire kitchen. Some of the best kitchen cabinets are stock kitchen cabinets, custom kitchen cabinets, semi custom kitchen cabinets, base kitchen cabinets, wall cabinets, and tall cabinets.

50  Should cabinets be installed before flooring ?

Typically cabinets must be installed flooring. It is ultimately the best choice for hardwood floors. Installing floors before cabinets will ensure that everything reaches a standard height. It is also a safer installation process since it won't damage either the floor or the cabinets.

51  How are wall cabinets mounted?

After assembling the cabinet pieces together, lift the cabinet assembly, check the cabinet face to check if it is plumb. When the cabinet is plumb, screw it to the studs. Lift the remaining cabinets, align the faces with those already installed. Shim the cabinets, then fasten them to the studs through the shims. Close the gaps between the walls, if any, with the aid of scribes, back edge or trim.

52  Which is the best kitchen wall cabinets?

Kitchen cabinets are undoubtedly the best storage units. The best kitchen wall cabinet is lift-up wall cabinets. This type of cabinet provides a horizontal look to the wall cabinets instead of the vertical look that is provided by hinged doors.

53  How tall should cabinets be in a kitchen?

Common wall cabinets can be as high as 12, 36 and 42. In standard kitchens, the wall cabinets are above 30 or 36 inches tall. However, 48 inch cabinets are the ideal choice.

54  How to change kitchen cabinets to shaker style?

Remove the door from the cabinets and hinges from the door.
Place the door across two sawhorses then sand the front door.
Measure and adjust the measurement of the door.
Apply glue to the back of the door pieces.
Adjust everything with nails.
Place clamps and complete the remaining measurement of the doors.
Apply glue to the back of the strips, shoot one pin nail through the strips and sand the corners, sides and edges of the door.
Apply stain, paint or lacquer.

55  Why do they call them shaker cabinets?

Shaker cabinets got their name from United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, commonly known as Shakers. The Shakers were formed after their break from Quakers and they are from Manchester in the United Kingdom.

56  What is the difference between Slab Cabinets and Flat Cabinets?

Flat cabinets and slab cabinets are one and the same thing. They have a completely flat form without any ornamentation or beveling.

Tiles

56  What is the difference between Slab Cabinets and Flat Cabinets?

Flat cabinets and slab cabinets are one and the same thing. They have a completely flat form without any ornamentation or beveling.

57  Are wall tiles heat resistant?

Ceramic wall tiles are heat resistant but not necessarily heat proof. Porcelain wall tiles are however much tougher than ceramic tiles. Porcelain tiles are made from clay and they are hardened in high temperatures. Hence, they have a high capacity to endure heat. So, if heat resistance is a big criteria, choosing porcelain wall tiles will be judicious.

58  What is the difference between ceramic and porcelain tiles?

Ceramic and Porcelain tiles are considered to be one and the same thing. However, they vary greatly. Porcelain tiles are baked in high temperatures compared to ceramics, which makes them dense, hard and almost completely water resistant. They are suitable for areas with high traffic due to their resilience. Ceramic tiles on the other hand are more delicate and less porous. Hence they can absorb water easily. They are mainly suitable for areas with less traffic.

59  Are floor tiles and wall tiles the same?

Absolutely not. Just as the name suggests, both are very different from one another. Floor tiles are manufactured to withstand heavy foot traffic which means they are more durable than wall tiles. Furthermore, they have added qualities to reduce the risk of slips.
Wall tiles, on the other hand, are smaller, thinner, smoother and more delicate. When wet, hey tend to have a slippery surface. Hence, they are not recommended for flooring use.

60  Which floor tiles are most durable?

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61  Are mosaic tiles slippery?

No, it's a complete myth. Mosaic tiles are not at all slippery. Mosaics have a minimum of 2 mm space between two individual pieces. This factor renders them non slippery. Hence, mosaic tiles can prove to be great for both residential and commercial usage.

62  Are mosaic tiles good for bathroom floor?

Ceramic mosaic tiles and glass mosaic tiles are the most ideal for bathroom floors due to their low maintenance and other advantages. However, it is always advisable to consult a professional before any sort of installation.

63  Which is better glossy or matte floor tiles?

Choosing the right flooring option has the capacity to add elegance to any space. While glossy tiles have a shiny appearance and add to an aesthetic appeal, matte floor tiles have a rustic appearance and anti skid properties. Hence, if compared, matte floor tiles always have the upper hand.

64  What is the distinction among natural stone tile vs. ceramic/porcelain tile?

The distinction between natural stone tile and ceramic/porcelain tile are as follows:
a) DURABILITY - Natural stone such as granite is more durable than porcelain tiles as the latter need to be replaced, once broken. The same goes for ceramic tiles.
b) STAIN RESISTANCE - Most natural stones are stain resistant just like porcelain tiles. However, ceramic tiles are not too stain resistant.
c) MAINTENANCE - Natural stone is very easy to maintain. However, both ceramic and porcelain tiles require replacement as they are susceptible to grout.
d) AESTHETIC VALUE - Natural stone is definitely more elegant and exquisite if compared to porcelain or ceramic tiles.

65  Are subway tiles easy to install?

Yes, subway tiles are pretty easy to install. The only problem is when the tiles need to be measured and cut.

Installation

66  What are the general installation recommendations?

1. Open the boxes and arrange all the pieces. This will create a visually pleasing distribution before installation.
2. A good installer will know that a few stones need a water free thin epoxy.
3. When stone is installed at ground level, ensure a proper moisture barrier before installation

67  Are walls and other adjacent surfaces protected during installation?

Yes, for the most part, adjacent surfaces and walls are protected during installation. However, during heavy installation, the adjacent areas might suffer a few minor scratches or scuffling. It can later be fixed by the homeowner.

68  How long does it take to install a countertop?

Installing a countertop depends on the size of the kitchen and the kind of work. On an average countertop installation takes around 2-3 days to complete.

69  Should countertops be installed first or backsplash?

In simple words, countertops need to be installed before installing backsplash. Predicting exactly where the countertop will be placed is a big decision. Hence, countertops need to be installed before backsplash.

Order, Delivery & Shipping

70  How can I pay for my order?

After placing your order on our website, our experts will discuss everything with you on call. You can complete the payment after everything has been finalized on call.

71  What do I do if I never received my order?

With our ace logistics network, such cases are very rare. However, if such cases do occur, you can raise a complaint or call us at Globalfair. We will raise the issue within our logistics network and get back to you in 2- business days.

72  What do I do if I received a defective order?

In case you receive a damaged product, please bring it to the notice of the delivery personnel immediately. In case you notice an issue later, please write to us at globalfair, sales@globalfair.in Our team will assess the damage and get back to you within 2 business days. Depending on the degree of damage, we will either repair the product, or offer you a replacement.

73  How do I check the status of my order?

To check the status of your orders, please visit your account page on the website or request our customer support team. We also provide regular updates regarding order delivery via registered email id of the buyer.

74  How orders are delivered to my doorstop?

All orders placed are dispatched via our logistics partners present in multiple countries, ensuring timely delivery at your doorstep.

75  How do I get my order delivered faster?

We usually do deliver products much earlier than the date shown on the site. Though, we do not have any service available to expedite the order delivery based on personalized requests. In future, if we are offering such service and your area pincode is serviceable, you will receive a communication from our end.

76  How does the delivery process work?

Once an order is placed, we connect with the suppliers with the available inventory and ask them to prepare the material of specified dimensions. After they pass through the final round of quality check, they are packed and handed over to our trusted delivery partner. Our delivery partners then bring the package to you at the earliest possible.

77  What is the minium order quantity?

Globalfair offers a chance to 10 slabs/color along with mixed containers supported. Owning to the needs of the end fabricator and retailers.

78  Do you provide full container load of products or partial load is also available?

We help with both full and half container loads, we are also open for mix container loads.

79  How can we track our order?

To check the status of your orders, please visit your account page on the website or request our customer support team. We also provide regular updates regarding order delivery via registered email id of the buyer.

80  How much does shipping cost?

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81  What are your shipping & handling charges?

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82  How are my products shipped?

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83  Which countries do you ship to?

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84  My product was damaged upon arrival. What should I do?

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Care & Maintenance

85  What is the best way to maintain natural stones?

Maintaining natural stone is like a cakewalk. It's that simple. You just need a mild soap or a mild cleanser. Refrain from using acids or harsh chemicals. Moreover natural stone products need to be sealed after installation and a year or two later depending on its usage.

86  How to care and maintain quartz countertops?

For everyday maintenance, using mild cleansers and soft wet clothes will suffice. Using harsh cleaners is not advisable at all. Furthermore, using green “scotch brite” too can hamper the quality of the stone.

87  How do you maintain laminate flooring?

Laminate floors come with their own cleaners. So, use that product to clean occasionally. Also, it is always advisable to spot clean stains. Never use floor buffers, acidic cleaners or scouring powders. Remove your shoes before walking on laminate flooring.

88  Care and maintenance of ceramic tile flooring?

Use a cotton mop, or a damp cloth and gentle cleaners. Make sure to clean grouts. Never ever use ammonia based cleaners, bleach, oil based products as they can hamper the quality of your tiles to a great extent.

89  Is it hard to maintain granite countertops?

No, it's actually quite easy. You just need micro fiber cloth and mild cleaners. Avoid using bleach or abrasive cleaning agents. A little precaution and maintenance will ensure a long life for granite countertops.