Granite Countertop Costs & Prices
Granite countertops are usually priced by the square foot. To get a rough estimate of how much granite countertops will cost, measure your countertops and calculate the square footage. To get the most accurate calculation, measure the length and width of your countertops in inches, multiply the length x width and divide by 144. Don’t forget the back splash or end splash. If the counter is curved at the end, use the longest length. If granite fabricator has to cut a piece out of the slab in order to install any stove top, sink or other appliance, he will charge you for that piece.
After you get your square footage, call three or four granite countertop companies in your area and ask for the installed price of the particular color of granite with a standard edge. If you want a special edge, ask the granite countertop fabricator how much extra a particular edge will be. Click here for phone numbers to a few granite countertop companies in Elberton. For a handy worksheet and more information about granite countertops prices & granite countertops cost, visit the Granite Information Page.
Countertops have an enormous impact on the look and feel of your kitchen. The many choices available offer varying cost, weight, durability, upkeep and aesthetics. Consider customizing each work zone with the most appropriate surface. Install luxury materials only where you need them to save money.
Granite Countertop costs Compared to Other Countertops
Granite $50 to $300 Toughest and least porous material; highly scratch- and stain-resistant if sealed. Gorgeous natural colors, patterns. Requires professional installation and repair, periodic sealing; expensive to buy and install; visible seams; heavy.
Marble $50 to $75 Traditional, old-world look; cool, nonstick surface ideal for baking. Porous and prone to stains, scratches, discoloration; needs regular sealing and professional installation.
Laminate $10 to $40 Easy to install; many colors, patterns and textures; resists stains and impact; inexpensive. Has visible seams; you can't cut on it; difficult to repair if scratched. Not advised for wet environments.
Ceramic Tile $4 to $80 Easy to install and repair; wide range of design options; glazes fight off moisture, scratches, heat, stains. Grout between tiles can stain or mildew; sharp impact can crack tiles;can be tough to clean grout.
Rock Maple $16 to $40 Also called butcher block. User-friendly surface; easy on knife edges; takes on character; can be renewed by sanding and oiling. Vulnerable to water, cuts and burns; requires thorough cleaning when exposed to raw meat or fish; needs regular treatment with mineral oil or beeswax.
Solid Surfacing $40 to $75 and up Dozens of colors and stone like patterns; near-invisible seams blend with integral sinks and edge. Requires professional installation; damaged by hot pans; expensive (solid-surface veneer may be a good alternative).
Engineered Stone $50 and up Granite look but more uniform; never needs sealing; resists stains, heat, scratches. Requires professional installation and repair. Stone heavy; poor impact resistance compared with real granite; visible seams.
Limestone $50 and up Heat-, impact- and stain-resistant; limited color palette; requires periodic sealing and polishing. Softer than granite and marble; soapstone and slate alternatives have rustic character.
Concrete $60 and up Once sealed resists stains, burns, scratches; pigments add color choices. Heavy; needs periodic sealing; abrasive (protect knife edges from surface). Requires professional installation.
Stainless Steel $50 to $65 Commercial look; resists heat; sanitary and easy to clean. Requires professional installation; shows scratches and fingerprints.
There are also other costs to disconnect and reconnect any plumbing or electrical wiring and the installer will usually give you the option of doing it yourself or having someone else do it, but he will seldom do it as part of the job. Countertops installers will usually install the sink into the new countertop for you but they will not take hook up the plumbing. If you install a new sink, the fittings will probably be a little different and that may take a few trips to the hardware store.
If you are doing an upgrade to old kitchen, you will also have to remove the old countertop. Also be prepared to do any modifications to the countertops to make them level and ready to accept the granite. I had to put a 3/4” board around the front half of my counters to make the front level with the back and it was a scramble to get it done during the install. Getting rid of the old countertops is your responsibility too, he will not take them to the dump for you.
Don’t forget to do the painting before the countertops arrive and be prepared for the touchups afterward.
Oh yes, one other thing, your wife will want new appliances when the countertops are done, so you might as well bite the bullet and plan for that too. I failed to do that and the old range I had was an inch narrower than any new one available. I cost me another $200 to get the installer to come back a week later and cut the opening in the countertop an inch larger!!!
Just remember to plan ahead and when you select your countertop installer, get him to give you a list of what is included in the price and what you need to do to prepare for the installation. Good luck on your project.