Last updated on January 18th, 2023 by Myla Pablo
Choosing countertops is a difficult task. There are numerous materials to choose from, each with their own set of advantages and disadvantages. And, because it’s a long-term investment with a high price tag, there’s a lot of pressure to do it right. With that in mind, we asked two industry experts to anticipate all of your most pressing granite inquiries, so you can feel confident about making the purchase.
What is Granite?
“True granite is a type of igneous rock that is mostly formed of the minerals quartz and feldspar,” explains Henry Hernandez of Builders Surplus. This combination of elements gives granite its distinctive speckled appearance, as well as a variety of finishes ranging from creamy white to deep black to speckled gray and even bright blue and salmon-y pink.
Granite is a coarse-grained (phaneritic) intrusive igneous rock that is mostly made of quartz, alkali feldspar, and plagioclase. It is formed by magma with a high silica and alkali metal oxide concentration that progressively cools and solidifies underground. It is common in the Earth’s continental crust, where it can be found in igneous intrusions. These range in size from a few millimeters wide dikes to batholiths exposed over hundreds of square kilometers.
Granite is representative of a larger family of granitic rocks known as granitoids, which are mostly made of coarse-grained quartz and feldspars in different proportions. The relative ratios of quartz, alkali feldspar, and plagioclase (the QAPF classification) are used to classify these rocks, with real granite representing granitic rocks rich in quartz and alkali feldspar. Most granitic rocks also have mica or amphibole minerals, however a handful (known as leucogranites) have essentially no dark minerals.
Granite is almost always enormous (no internal structures), hard, and tough. Because of these qualities, granite has been used as a building stone throughout history.
What is Granite Countertop?
Granite Countertop has mainly used aesthetics in the kitchen and bathroom and has gorgeous looks and appearance. They offer good quality with timeless appeal and take any kitchen to a high-quality appearance visually.
It is a very hard substance and not very susceptible to scratches, cuts, and slices as it can take normal wear and tear very well. Also, it is good resistant to heat so it can be used near range and cooktop as it can take even the hottest pan without being damaged or weakened.
Granite Countertops can also be very resistant to liquids and stains as they can be cleaned very easily with their sealed property.
The table below shows the latest retail January 2023 prices of granite countertops in Philippine Peso price per sqm including its main color.
Price and Color of Granite Countertop per SQM in the Philippines
|Multi Colored Red||6900.00|
|Giallo Sta. Cecilla||6900.00|
|Jet Black China||5500.00|
|Jet Black Italy||7500.00|
UPDATED: Construction Material Prices for Granite Countertops in the Philippines (January 2023)
UPDATED: All Construction Prices are based on retail prices around hardware in Metro Manila
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