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Granite stones are commonly sold in three formats: granite tiles, cutter slabs, and gangsaw slabs. Each of them has its pros and cons. And each suits a particular application(s) in every home or commercial space.
Let’s find out which specific granite format best fits your need:
If you are considering granite floors but are tight on budget, getting granite tiles is the way to go. Typically, but not limited to, 0.60 m. x 0.60 m., granite tiles are the most affordable among all formats.
And because they are smaller, they are also much easier to install. Just lay them down like any other floor tile, and that’s it.
Plus, granite tiles are just as durable as granite slabs. So you don’t need to worry about breaking or chipping over time.
Moreover, granite tiles can be used outdoors for walkways and poolsides with the right surface finish. By flaming or bushhammering their surface, granite tiles can have a non-slip finish for better traction.
However, granite tiles also have some disadvantages compared to slabs. First, their appearance is less consistent than the two other formats. If you want a more uniform color and pattern for your floor, get more oversized tiles (or, better yet, slabs).
Second, granite tiles are not recommended for large countertops because they will have more seams. Apart from floor tiles, they are also more suitable for smaller applications, such as vanity and table tops.
Overall, granite tiles are an excellent choice if you’re looking for a beautiful and durable flooring surface without a hefty price tag. Not only does it look naturally beautiful, but it is incredibly durable, too.
Cutter slabs are a practical choice if you are looking for a mid-size, one-wall granite counter for your kitchen. Carved from granite blocks using a machine, they come in a wide range of sizes, but the most commons are:
- 0.60 m. x 1.80 m. up
- 0.60 m. x 2.40 m. up
Here in the Philippines, they are widely sold in 18 mm. to 20 mm. thickness. Other suppliers may offer lower prices for 12 mm. to 15 mm. thick slabs. However, we don’t recommend the latter as it can compromise the structural integrity of your counter.
Cutter slabs can be as long as 3.00 m. Thus, they are ideal for countertops, vanity tops, and stair treads. However, for L-shaped and U-shaped counters, seams are inevitable.
Consider granite cutter slabs if you are looking for an excellent countertop material without breaking the bank.
Gangsaw slabs, as the name implies, are large stone formats cut using gangsaw machines. Their size starts from 1.20 m. x 2.40 m. and can reach up to 2.50 m. x 3.20 m.
They are massive stones with thicknesses from 20 mm. to 30 mm.
Gangsaw slabs are used in various applications, such as countertops, wall cladding, and flooring. However, their sheer size and hefty weight make them more challenging to install than granite tiles and cutter slabs. They require more resources and manpower to transport, haul, and process.
Hence, gangsaw slabs are the most expensive of all three formats. Nevertheless, if installed correctly, they provide the best results.
With gangsaw slabs, your L-shaped or U-shaped countertop can have minimal or no seams at all. Likewise, your granite floor or wall can have fewer seams.
If budget is not an issue, you might as well go big or go home.
Granites are an excellent material for countertops and floors. With three different formats, there’s definitely one that best fits your budget and needs.
Be it tiles, cutter slabs, or gangsaw slabs, granite provides exceptional beauty and unmatched strength. It’s a wise investment that brings a lifelong service to anyone’s home.
Whether you’re looking for granite in tiles, cutter, and gangsaw slab format, name it, we have it. Visit Saint Mark Construction in EDSA Balintawak, Quezon City, and check out our wide selection of granite, marble, and quartz stones in various sizes. Drop by today and get your free quote while you wait. See you there!