Cost of Granite As A Countertop

Counter surfaces made from granite are among the most attractive and resilient counter materials available today. Prior the ’90s, granite’s popularity lagged behind Formica and other less expensive materials. But since then it has made something of a comeback for high end kitchen furnishing. Granite comes in a wide assortment of hues, including but not limited to stand stone, red, grey, black, and many more. The stone can be polished to have smooth edges or remain rough cut for a more rustic appearance. Granite technicians can cut a single

Here is a warehouse filled with granite slabs ready to be made into countertops.

piece of granite into nearly any imaginable shape for a counter surface. This tutorial is intended to give the reader some idea of the costs of purchasing the stone and installing it into their homes.

The actual cost of the granite varies widely due to many factors. The first obvious consideration is thickness and size of the slab. The color chosen also makes a difference, as some hues are quite a bit more available than others. Granite is not a rare stone, and although it is considered a high end material for use in home kitchens and bathrooms, the material itself is relatively cheap while being extremely rugged and attractive. Granite’s price is also effect by the form in which it is purchased. Simple tiles which can be installed either by professionals or the individual consumer sell for between four to six dollars by the square foot. These tiles are approximately 3/8” thick as compared to the two inches or more in thickness of a traditional slab, and are considered less appealing by many for this reason.

Granite in slab form is far and away the most costly to buy. Installers will commonly charge between fifty and sixty dollars to the square to place granite slabs in the home. Costs can go up from here depending on the slab’s hue and thickness. African blue for instance, will cost notably more by the square foot than the commoner absolute black variety.

You can save a great deal of money by installing a granite worktop for yourself. However, this approach is not without its downsides. A professional installer that demands fifty or sixty dollars by the square foot for his services is charging you for skills and tools you probably do not possess. This charge will typically include sending a technician to your house to measure the counter you wish to have topped with granite. Using these dimensions, they will choose a piece of stone from their selection and cut it into the required shape. Granite is fantastically hard and very difficult to cut, and the cost of the special tools required to do so, such as diamond-edged saws, will probably be greater than that of simply having it cut and installed by a professional.

Granite slabs are also massively heavy, even those sized for relatively small counters. Many consider the task of installing them as much art as science. A craftsman with years of experience working with granite will install a counter that looks beautiful and will serve for a lifetime.

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