Every day we get a lot of queries from our clients regarding our granite, marble, and engineered quartz products. Here's a list of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions from our customers regarding kitchen countertop installation.

1. Should I buy granite, marble, or engineered quartz?

Granite, marble, and engineered quartz each have their advantages and disadvantages.

If you need a surface which can handle day-to-day kitchen preparations, it is best to choose between granite or engineered quartz. However, if you prefer the elegance of marble instead, you can do so, too. Keep in mind, though, that it requires a little more upkeep and maintenance compared to the two other materials.

When choosing a countertop material for your kitchen, consider your budget and lifestyle before making your final decision. Always remember that there is no such thing as a perfect countertop material.

To learn more about the pros and cons of the various kitchen countertop materials, you may read our comparison guide from our previous post.

2. How much does it cost to have a kitchen countertop installed?

Both fabrication (polishing of edges) and installation cost Php350 per linear meter separately.

For the cutouts of the sink, cooktop, and wall-mounted outlets, we charge the following:

Drop-in Sink – Php750 per set
Vessel Sink – Php750 per set
Undermount Sink – Php1,000 per set

Cooktop – Php750 per set

Wall-mounted Outlet – Php500 per set

To give you a ballpark figure of the total cost for your kitchen countertop installation, you send us the detailed plan for your project by sending it to us and filling in the details using this form.

3. What is a laminated edge profile?

A laminated edge is a particular edge profile which makes your countertop appear thicker. It is done by gluing a strip (usually 2 cm to 3 cm in width) of the same material underneath the countertop’s exposed edges. It makes an 18 mm thick granite appear 36 mm solid. Hence, it is commonly referred to as a “double” edge profile here in the Philippines.

It is best on countertops which are supported by wooden cabinets as it conceals the plywood substrate underneath.

Compared to our standard edge profiles, laminated edges cost Php700 per linear meter to fabricate.

4. Will My Countertop Have Seams?

One of the first few questions many homeowners ask us before having their countertops made is “Will it have seams?”

Depending on (1.) the size and layout of your countertop or island, and (2.) the availability of the slab size, the answer can either be a “Yes” or a “No.”

A simple wall-to-wall countertop with a length of a meter or two can be in one piece with a “0.60m x Random” granite slab size.

An “L-shaped” or a “U-shaped” kitchen countertop, however, will, most likely, have a seam. Owners may opt to use larger slabs should they prefer it in one piece. But, of course, this will cost more. Besides, this does not guarantee that the stone’s dimension would suffice the area required by your project.

Should a seam be unavoidable, incorporating it near a sink or the range is highly advisable. It will help cover most of the seam, leaving a minimum amount in view.

During layout and design, a professional installer will always try to minimize the number of seams required and locate them in places that are as unobtrusive as possible. Moreover, he or she will “color match” the joining adhesive to help reduce the seams’ appearance.

5. Can you repolish the edges of my existing countertop?

We highly discourage our clients from refabricating their existing kitchen countertops. Considering that the countertop is already fixed, the fabricator may damage your kitchen cabinets and walls during the process. Hence, we do not accept this type of work.

6. How long does it take for you to install a kitchen countertop?

Typically, it takes us two to four days to complete a project for an average kitchen. We need a day or two to fabricate the edges of the slabs, and another day or two to install everything on site.

In some cases, however, specific designs and specifications require more attention to details. Hence, we may need additional days to accomplish the project.

Do note, however, that all transactions are on a “first come, first served” basis only.

7. Should I seal my kitchen countertop?

For granites, if you are not sure whether you need to apply a stone sealer or not, drop a small amount onto your kitchen countertop. If the water beads up, you don’t have to worry about anything yet. But if the water soaks into the stone, you will need to have it sealed soon.

For marbles, sealing should be done once or twice a year to protect it from staining and etching.

Lastly, for engineered quartz, sealing is unnecessary as its surface is highly dense. It does not have the porosity of natural stones. Hence, water or any forms of liquid will only sit on the countertop’s surface. Just wipe off spills and drips after every usage.

8. How do I take care of my kitchen countertop?

For natural stones, such as granites and marbles, always seal your kitchen countertop as needed. For engineered quartz, on the other hand, sealing is highly discouraged.

During every kitchen preparation, always remember to:

a. Wipe up spills immediately;
b. Use coasters or trays under all glasses, bottles, and cans;
c. Always use a cutting board when cutting or chopping;
d. Do not place hot items right off a stove or out of an oven directly on your countertop;
e. Clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner or a mild dishwashing liquid.

9. Do you have ready-made countertops?

All our materials are sold as raw slabs. We can, however, custom-fabricate each piece to fit the measurement and the design of your kitchen countertop. Just send us the final detailed plan of your project so we can give you a rough estimate of the cost.

10. What is a backsplash?

The backsplash is a vertical panel installed above the countertop which protects the wall from splatters and blocks spills and drips from seeping behind the cabinet.

For your reference, the image below shows a Salt and Pepper granite kitchen countertop with a 10 cm backsplash.

11. What is the standard height for a backsplash?

There is no standard height for backsplashes. Everything is customized to fit perfectly inside every kitchen.

Typically, most of our clients have it at 10 cm to 20 cm. But, of course, it can go all the way up just below the upper cabinets if you prefer.

12. Where do your natural and engineered stones come from?

Depending on the color of the slab, natural stones come from various sources all over the globe.

We source our granites mostly from India and China; our marbles, on the other hand, are quarried in Greece. While our onyxes and travertines are from Turkey.

13. Can I use these stones (granite, marble, and engineered quartz) for my bathroom? Floor? Wall cladding?

Granite, marble, and engineered quartz can be used in various applications, such as vanity tops, floor tiles, and even wall cladding.

Also, granite and marble’s surface can either be flamed or bush hammered to provide a non-slip texture for poolsides and pavements.

You can also check out our collection of articles about natural and engineered stones to learn more.

14. Why are there resin fillings on my granite or marble slab?

Granites and marbles have inherent characteristics, such as pits and micro-fissures, which may cause few concerns to some buyers. Slabs are commonly sold in polished finish, giving it a high-gloss appearance. Upon closer inspection, however, you may notice that some stones have resin-filled pits on the surface. A few may have hairline cracks. These natural “imperfections” are unavoidable. But they do not affect the material’s hardness and strength.

To fix the natural flaws in stone, manufacturers apply resin:
(1.) to fill the pits and fissures occurring on the surface;
(2.) to make the stone smoother to touch; and,
(3.) to improve the strength of the slab.

This technology is the accepted solution in the stone industry for decades now. It has allowed stone manufacturers to reduce the number of broken pieces during production. Moreover, it has enabled them to create thinner slabs, thereby (a.) reducing the cost and (b.) opening doors to new construction applications.

For marble, onyx, and travertine, however, reinforced backing support (often a fiberglass mesh) is applied for added protection. Compared to granite, these stones are a bit more fragile, especially during transportation, fabrication, or installation. Hence, a solution to increase their durability is highly needed.

A primary concern though with resin fillers is its safety for kitchen countertop surfaces. It is essential that the material applied to the stone surface complies with government health standards. Stone manufacturers must always assure that the treatment done is safe for kitchen use.

Resin not only provides an aesthetic fix to the stone’s natural flaws, but it also ensures the strength of the slab itself. It improves the quality of the stone and, at the same time, reduces the cost of production. Furthermore, with the continuing development of this technology, expect to see a lot more improvements in the stone industry in the coming years.

15. Do you have granite tiles?

We only sell granite, marble, and engineered quartz in slab forms at the moment. Should you need the materials cut into tiles, we can do it for you nevertheless.

You can check out the cost for each color by viewing our Granite Tiles Price List.

16. What is the standard size of the slabs in your store?

We do not offer standard sizes for all our natural stones. Every kitchen requires full customization. Hence, our slabs have varying dimensions.

On average, however, our slabs have a depth of 0.60m and above. The length ranges from 2.40m to 3.00m. And the thickness is 18mm +/-.

17. Can I ask for a sample of the stone I wish to use for my countertop?

Yes, you can pick up the free stone sample(s) from any of our branches any time during office hours.

Do note, however, that granites and marbles are natural products which will always vary in color, shading, veining, and texture. Every piece will vary to a degree some more so than others. If this concerns you, we suggest you use a synthetic alternative, like engineered quartz or nano crystallized glass, instead.

We require our clients to examine first the actual slabs before purchasing any of the materials.

18. Do you have a Stone Depot branch in Manila?

We, unfortunately, are only based in Cebu City, Davao City, and Cagayan de Oro City at the moment.

For projects in Luzon, you may contact our affiliate in Manila, Saint Mark Construction Supply, at (02) 352 – 0195 for your natural stone requirements.



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8 comments

  1. I’m so happy to hear from you. We want an estimate for the kitchen. Do you build your own cabinets? I love your quartz countertops.

    1. Hi, Effriel!

      We only supply and install stone countertops.

      Should you need a modular kitchen cabinet installer, we can refer a few clients of ours who are into that trade.

      Thanks!

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