Every day we get a lot of queries from our clients regarding granite, marble, and engineered quartz. Here’s a list of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding countertop installation.
a. 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.
But, if you prefer the elegance of marble instead, you can do so, too. Keep in mind, however, that it requires a little more upkeep compared to the two other materials.
When choosing a countertop material for your kitchen, consider your budget and lifestyle before making your final decision. But 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 click this link for your reference.
b. How much does it cost to have a kitchen countertop installed?
Both fabrication (polishing of edges) and installation cost Php350 per linear meter separately.
You may request for a project cost estimate by clicking the following link: Get an Estimate.
c. What is a laminated edge profile?
A laminated edge is a special 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.
d. 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.
e. 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, certain 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.
f. 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. But if the water soaks into the surface, you will need to seal your granite.
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.
g. 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:
- wipe up spills immediately;
- use coasters or trays under all glasses, bottles, and cans;
- always use a cutting board when cutting or chopping;
- do not place hot items right off a stove or out of an oven directly on your countertop;
- clean stone surfaces with a neutral cleaner or a mild dishwashing liquid.
h. 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.
i. 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.
j. 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 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.
k. Where do your granites 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.
l. Can I use these stones 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.
m. 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.
n. 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 the 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 +/-.
o. 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, instead.
We require our clients to examine first the actual slabs before purchasing any of the materials.
p. Do you have a 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, for your natural stone requirements.