Like most other granites, “Salt and Pepper” is a highly-durable natural stone. It resists heat, scratches, and sudden impact under regular use—unless done intentionally. It holds up well against daily kitchen preparations, like chopping, slicing, and cooking. Furthermore, it is an ideal flooring material for high-traffic areas, such as hallways or lobbies.
The “Salt and Pepper” granite is a popular material for various mass construction works because of its incredible value for money. It beats all other granite colors in the market in cost and abundance. Hence, it is the obvious choice of many contractors for various projects worldwide, especially in the Philippines.
What are the uses of the “Salt and Pepper” granite?
It works as an interior and exterior application material for many residential and commercial projects. Buildings, townhouses, shopping malls, and even airports use “Salt and Pepper” granite for kitchen countertops, islands, bathroom vanity tops, floor tiles, stair treads, and wall cladding.
Furthermore, this particular granite can accept most surface treatments to accommodate various applications. For example, we polish it indoors to bring out a smooth and shiny surface, drawing attention to the stone. A polished surface reveals the richest color of any stone. On the other hand, you may also choose a honed finish if you prefer having a matte surface. Outdoors, you can flame or bush hammer it to obtain a highly-textured, non-slip surface finish, ideal for poolsides and pavements.
How much is a “Salt and Pepper” granite?
For a typical 0.60-meter (width) x 2.40-meter (length) granite with an 18-mm thickness polished surface finish, a single “Salt and Pepper” slab averages around Php 1,500 to Php 2,000 per square meter in the Philippines.
Although uncommon, you may sometimes find “Salt and Pepper” in depths of 0.80-meter, 0.90-meter, or even above 1.00-meter sold at your local stone supplier. These sizes are more expensive than your standard 0.60-meter deep granite slab.
Like most other granite colors from China, Salt and Pepper’s cost per square meter is relative to its width. The wider it gets, the more it will cost you. Therefore, a 0.80-meter deep slab will be more expensive than a standard 0.60-meter piece in its unit cost per square meter. But it will cost cheaper than a single slab that is 0.90-meters deep. And so on.
With this, expect to shell out a few extra bucks if you prefer having your L-shaped kitchen countertop in one piece rather than putting two smaller slabs together.
How do you take of a “Salt and Pepper” granite countertop?
For interior applications, such as kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops, regular sealing is required for “Salt and Pepper” once or twice yearly. On the other hand, exterior applications need more frequent resealing, especially in high-traffic areas, such as floors and pavements.
We highly recommend sealing “Salt and Pepper” regularly. Wet spots on the stone’s surface quickly darken once the sealer wears off. You may need to wait a while for the water to dry.
For instance, you only need to wipe off liquids and food crumbs after every kitchen preparation on sealed granite. It’s that simple.