How Much Will Your Granite Kitchen Countertop Cost in the Philippines?
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Kitchen Countertop Cost
Much like any other part of a home, your kitchen countertop cost varies depending on several factors. Here in the Philippines, a granite countertop ranges typically from Php5,000 to Php50,000 (or more). Marble and engineered quartz, on the other hand, cost even higher. To give you an idea of how much will you be charged by your local supplier, keep in mind the following factors:
a. Supply and Demand
Like any other goods sold in the market, the most significant factor affecting all the stones’ prices worldwide is the supply and demand.
The most common and readily available colors, like the “Salt and Pepper” (G603), will not have a high price point because of their abundance. When a stone, however, is sold exclusively by one company, they can demand a hefty price for it. Rarity, after all, creates value.
b. Origin (Quarry Location) of the Material
Transportation expenses add up to the price of natural stone slabs. Materials quarried within your country or region may cost less compared to those shipped from across the globe.
Also, labor cost affects the price of every material. Thus, one can expect that the stone processed in China will be cheaper compared to the ones produced in Italy or Brazil considering the salary difference.
c. Slab Size
Larger slab dimensions allow us to install kitchen countertops with fewer seams, but more wastage.
One large piece of granite or marble will have a more uniform color and appearance compared to using two or more smaller slabs joined.
Not all slabs, however, are available in the size you need for your project. Sometimes you will have to buy another piece should the dimension won’t suffice.
Moreover, more massive slabs are harder to work with during the installation of a countertop. All these considerations affect your countertop cost.
If you are on a limited budget, consider using granite tiles instead. Granite tiles are cheaper than a full slab. The main disadvantage, however, of using smaller pieces are the many seams on your countertop once installed.
In quarries, we extract granites and marbles as large blocks and cut them into slabs. Imagine a white bread cut into many slices. Sometimes, to maximize the enormous block, some factories produce thinner sections. On average, these stones come in 18 mm thickness. But they are also available in 15 mm to 30 mm, depending on the stock of your supplier.
Do note, however, that the thicker the slab, the more expensive it gets.
Here in the Philippines, most of the granite and marble slabs sold are 18 mm to 20 mm thick. We do not recommend using thinner pieces as it may compromise the strength of your kitchen countertop.
e. Stone Sealing
Not all granite colors require sealing. Granites such as Black Galaxy, Absolute Black, and Ubatuba are highly dense that even stone sealers won’t penetrate their surface. As such, applying it only dulls their shine.
For some other colors, however, regular sealing is a must. Your granite installer will definitely seal your countertop if needed. And certainly, this adds up to the cost of your project. Moreover, your stone countertop needs to be sealed every year or two depending on your usage. Hence, it demands a little more extra care and maintenance to keep it looking new for years.
If you are not comfortable with buying a stone sealer once every two years or sealing your countertop annually, either pick a granite color that does not need sealing or consider synthetic stones instead.
f. The Complexity of the Installation
Only experienced professionals should install your countertops. It may be tempting to do-it-yourself, but you will be able to save the money if you do the job correctly.
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