By Dave Dixon, Jan 20 2019 04:02PM
So after a long battle with Avonite we no longer sell it!! We put a job in around July time and when we were doing our finial finishing on it we noticed that there was what appeared to be tiger stripes in it. (it was a glitter decor and on closer inspection there was no glitter where the tiger stripes were giving the impression of darker spots in the material.
So we contacted our rep through the distributors who then in turn contacted Aristech who are the makers of avonite. The first reaction from them that it was something that we had done whilst fabricating (obviously we were expecting this!!) we denied it, this went back and forth for a while until the distributors had to pay to get a independent company to come out and evaluate the worktops. All this time our customer in Birtley had a worktop that whilst fit for purpose just wasn't what he or us for that matter wanted. Adam our customer met the independent guy who took one look at the surface and said it was a manufacturing fault.
Great news or so we thought! Usually in a situation like this the company would refund us, pay for the fabrication time. It keeps everybody happy and no one looses. Except in this case Avointe / Aristech didn't they just said they would replace the sheets. Now by this time Adam didn't want the material anymore as it had dragged on so long he wanted something else (which we fully supported) So fast forward to December we received a cheque for the material amount only, not the fabrication time, not the materials used during fabrication time nothing, the distributor then added a good will gesture of £250. We were appalled at the customer service from Aristech who's rep wouldn't answer the phone to either the distributor or us and i will never stock there products in my showroom again.
In stark contrast to them Staron and Blackheath products who when we had a piece of faulty material sent down the rep to sort the problem out immediately. Jason (blackheath rep) walked into the customers house seen the problem opened up the sample box told the customer to pick ANY decor they wanted and that it would be with me next day for fabrication. He then sorted out a full refund of all fabrication costs to us from the job. You cant get better customer service than that!!
Every company get problems and issues and its how they are sorted out that parts the good ones from the bad ones, especially when these huge distributors and manufacturing companies are dealing with small family run businesses like us its easy for them to just dismiss our claims, they wouldn't loose anything they turn over millions and millions but its us the fabricators who are at the ones who stand to loose out either with fabrications costs, time, or even worse bad realtaionships / reviews with customers
So when customers visits our showroom now you won't see Avonite at all however we still have a great range of solid surface samples for you to see. Staron, Corian, Tristone are all there at our Swalwell showroom (next to the metrocentre)
Customer service is paramount for us and will remain to be forever, so along with your stunning Granite, Quartz, Solid Surface worktop rest assured you will receive a great service