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Hi there. We have recently purchased some norstone rock panels to cover a wall. This is the third time we have made a purchase from norstone. We installed the panels and then applied the sealer as provided by norstone. The sealer has completely ruined the appearance of the panels. The sealer claims to be invisible yet has darkened the stone. The sealer also behaves very differently to the last two times. Water sits on the surface whereas in the other walls the water penetrates and naturally darkens the wall. We have contacted norstone, who have forwarded our emails and pictures to universeal. We spoke to universeal on Friday and they are going to do some tests on the panels at their end. I am concerned that both norstone and universeal are going to try and fob us off between them. Are we entitled to our money back? Are we entitled to getting replacement panels from norstone at their cost? or should they completely rectify the situation by removing the old panels and installing the new? Where do we stand from a law point of view?
The panels, adhesive and sealer all cost c£1500.
which part of law are we dealing with here. Is it sale of goods act or is it failure to supply goods that say as described?
Hi Alex, sorry to come back on this but we have been dealing with the retailer over the last 2 days and he has written back saying that the instructions were not followed correctly and also on the conditions of sale / laticrete warranty (laticrete is the glue basically). however he has written this in a without prejudice headed letter, which I understand means it cannot be disclosed in a court. He has offered to resell us the product at cost price.
The tin says - it is the users responsibility to ascertain the suitability of this product and in laticrete instructions it states that for external applications " we would advise applying a test coat on an off cut prior to application..".
As we have had this product before and have had no issues, we trusted that he had supplied the same sealant.
Does anything change here?
Do you have any guidance on how we should reply to the without prejudice letter?
We'd like to try and settle this outside of the legal system if possible.
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