How Much Will Your Granite Kitchen Countertop Cost in the Philippines?

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.

Salt and Pepper granite kitchen countertop in Mandaue City, Cebu
“Salt and Pepper” is the most widely utilized granite in the construction industry primarily because of its reasonable cost. Moreover, it is readily available from most natural stone suppliers.

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.

L-shaped Black Galaxy granite countertop and kitchen island in Talisay City, Cebu
Black Galaxy is a natural granite sourced in the Ongole area of South India.

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.

L-shaped Viscon White granite countertop in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu
It is always best to avoid a seam on a countertop, but it is often unavoidable due to many considerations. The dimension of the granite slab, as well as the size of the entryway(s), are only a few. Just consult your local supplier if it is possible. An experienced installer will be able to tell you if your countertop will require a seam or not.

d. Thickness

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.

Absolute Black granite pantry countertop for an office in Mandaue City, Cebu
A Laminated Edge (1.) gives your countertop a thicker appearance and (2.) conceals the substrate which supports it. By gluing a strip of stone underneath the edge of your countertop, a 2 cm slab will have an impressive 4 cm drop right at its tip.

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.

Black Galaxy granite counter in a Japanese Restaurant at SM Seaside Cebu City
If you are thinking about getting a new countertop for your kitchen, keep in mind that the quality of the installation is a crucial factor in how it will look and perform in the years ahead.

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.

Lastly, your countertop’s edge profile, cutouts (for the sink, range, and electrical outlet), and layout factors to the degree of difficulty of the installation. Remember: your local supplier will charge you accordingly. Even the smallest detail can add up to the final countertop cost.

Get a Quote for Your Countertop Cost​

Request for an estimate for the cost of your kitchen countertop project. Visit a Stone Depot branch near your city today.

We have branches in the following key cities:

a. Cebu City
b. Davao City
c. Cagayan de Oro City
d. Iloilo City

Alternatively, you can also send us the detailed plan for your project. We’ll get back to you within a day or two.