How Much Will Your Granite Kitchen Countertop Cost in the Philippines?
Kitchen Countertop Cost
Much like any other part of your home, your kitchen countertop cost varies depending on its size and specifications. 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.
Like the “Salt and Pepper” (G603), the most common and readily available colors will not have a high price point because of their abundance. However, when a stone is sold exclusively by one company, say Saint Mark Construction Supply, they can demand a hefty granite price for it. Rarity, after all, creates value.
b. Origin (Quarry Location) of the Material
Transportation expenses add up to the granite slab price. 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 than those produced in Italy or Brazil, considering the wage difference.
c. Slab Size
Larger slab dimensions allow us to install kitchen countertops with fewer seams but more wastage.
One large granite or marble piece will have a more uniform color and appearance than two or more small slabs joined together.
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 the granite countertop price.
If you are on a tight budget, consider using granite tiles instead. Granite tiles are cheaper than a full slab. However, the main disadvantage of using smaller pieces is the many seams on your countertop once it’s 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 your supplier’s stock.
Do note, however, that the thicker the slab, the higher the granite price is.
Here in the Philippines, most of the granite and marble slabs sold are 18 mm to 20 mm thick. However, we do not recommend using thinner pieces as it may compromise your kitchen countertop’s strength.
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 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 money if you do the job correctly.
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