FACTORS THAT CAN AFFECT THE COST OF GRANITE KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS
Granite has long been cherished as a countertop material because of its durability, classic beauty, and decorative versatility. It can last for decades without losing its glorious appearance. It can withstand the heavy-use environment of the kitchen landscape with great resilience. And, it can be dovetailed into almost any style of décor, whether classic or contemporary. As a result, interest in granite as the countertop material of choice continues to increase.
If you plan to install countertops made of granite in your kitchen, you may have wondered about the factors that can impact the cost of such a project. While granite isn’t the most expensive countertop material available, neither is it the least expensive. There are many components to pricing the average granite countertop installation and it’s wise to understand the factors that impact granite countertops installation cost. Read on to learn more about various elements that can impact the cost of granite countertop installation.
Size of the Granite Slab
As you can imagine, one of the biggest drivers of cost when installing granite countertops is the size of the granite slab needed to complete your project. Not only is the cost inflated as the size of the slab increases, but associated labor costs could also increase. You must also consider that larger jobs may require more seamless finishing, and those seams will need to match in pattern and color. Therefore, even if you need 12 feet of granite in terms of linear length, you may need more length to provide enough footage to account for pattern matching the seams. It’s not only the length, but the width and thickness of the slabs that can also impact the price.
Color and Pattern
Though granite is a natural countertop material, it’s available in a variety of colors and patterns that can be selected to match your kitchen design. Some colors and patterns of granite are more common than others, so the type of granite you select can also impact your cost. Common colors and patterns will feature the least expensive pricing, while colors that are considered rare may command a premium price. For example, natural tones such as green, gray, and brown are the least expensive, while more exotic tones such as purple, blue, and red may be exponentially more expensive.
Source or Origin
As is the case with all natural materials and manufactured goods, the origin of the material and how far it must be shipped will impact the price. If you select a granite color and type that is available domestically, there’s a good chance that it will carry an affordable price point. If, however, you select granite that is only quarried in Brazil, for example, the cost to ship it to the US will drive the price up.
Granite is graded for quality using some rigid criteria. Characteristics such as porosity, hardness, color, rarity, and pattern are used to determine the grading of granite slabs. The grades are commercial, premium, and exotic. Commercial-grade granite carries the lowest price point, while exotic-grade granites are often the most expensive.
Demand and Availability
Granite, like other globally traded raw materials, is valued partially by the laws of supply and demand. In other words, granite colors and patterns that are in high demand and low availability command a premium price point. Conversely, readily available types of granite that aren’t in vogue at the moment can be purchased at affordable prices.
The cost of granite countertops isn’t just driven by the cost of the granite alone, as it must be finished before it can be installed. The number of cuts, seams, and fittings that must be performed to turn the raw slab into a quality countertop will affect the price of the finished product. Also, most granite countertops are sealed to protect them, which also serves as a factor in the cost of a finished granite countertop project.
If you’re contemplating granite countertops, educate yourself about the various factors that can drive the price up or down. To learn more about granite countertops, contact Atlantis Granite & Marble at (678) 292-6600.