Granite Countertop Cost: A Buyer’s Clear and Concise Guide [2022]

Granite Countertop Cost

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 typically ranges from Php 5,000 to Php 50,000 (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.

The “Blue Bahia,” for example, starts at Php 70,000 per sqm. It is a scarce stone and is found only in Brazil.

Salt and Pepper and Blue Bahia granite countertops
"Salt and Pepper" (left) costs only Php 1,800 per sqm., while the "Blue Bahia" (right) starts at Php 70,000 per sqm.

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 countertop 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.

Granite countertops are mostly from China, India, and Brazil.
Most of the world's granites come from China, India, Brazil.

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.

If you’re curious to know if there is an available size for a granite color that you’re eyeing for, feel free to message us here.

Whatever you're thinking, think bigger.

Moreover, more massive slabs are harder to work with during the installation of a countertop. All these considerations affect the granite countertop cost.

If you are on a tight budget, consider using granite tiles instead. Granite tiles are cheaper than a whole slab. However, the main disadvantage of using smaller pieces is the many seams on your countertop once it’s installed.

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 your supplier’s inventory.

Do note, however, that the thicker the slab, the higher the granite price is.

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 they may compromise your kitchen countertop’s strength.

Once a granite block is extracted, it is cut into slabs using a machine that resembles a giant bread slicer.

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 them only dulls the stones’ shine. These are usually black granites or the ones with a darker shade.

For some other colors, however, regular sealing is a must.

Your granite installer will seal your countertop if needed. And indeed, 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, pick a granite color that does not need sealing or consider synthetic stones instead.

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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.

Lastly, the edge profile, cutouts, and layout factor your countertop installation’s degree of difficulty.

Remember: your local supplier will charge you accordingly. Even the smallest detail can add up to the final countertop price.

Math Lady Confused Meme about Countertop Installation
Professional granite installers have the right tools, skills, and experience to execute your project correctly.

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

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

Miguel Aquino

Miguel Aquino

Miguel Aquino is the General Manager of Stone Depot, one of the Philippines' leading suppliers of granite, marble, and quartz. Since 2010, he has been in the stone industry, working for a similar company in Balintawak, Quezon City.

You can find him playing Magic: the Gathering at a hobby store every Friday night.

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