If you're deciding on countertop finishes for your new or remodeled kitchen or bathroom, granite can be an attractive, practical choice, if it fits within your budget. Costs per square foot for granite vary widely, but usually ranged from $45 to $100 per square foot as of the time of publication. To estimate the cost for your home, you need to consider a variety of factors.
Supply and Demand
Granite distributors often rank their granite in three tiers: A, B and C. Rankings depend exclusively on the popularity of the granite colors at the moment. If you'd like to bring down the cost of your new countertop, choose a granite color from the B or C tier, but only if it's a color you like and would be happy with for years to come. Shopping around can help you locate discounted granite that may sell for as little as $30 a square foot.
Prefabricated or Slab Granite
Some popular home-improvement stores sell prefabricated slabs of granite, cut to standard countertop sizes. If your kitchen or bath is a standard size, consider purchasing a prefabricated slab to cut down on costs. Otherwise, if you can find a scrap piece of granite from a distributor that's larger than your needs, you can save money by having your countertop cut from the scrap.
Most distributors will offer a granite quote that includes installation. If you can find a wholesale or discount distributor, you can cut down on costs by finding a cheaper installer. However, ensure your installer is qualified to perform the installation before you spend money on a granite slab that becomes unusable due to a bad installation.
Ways to Cut Costs on Granite Counters
To reduce costs for your new countertop, consider preparing the area yourself, by removing the old countertops and cleaning up before installation. Many installers will discount your bid knowing they don't have to perform this work themselves. If you love the look of granite but can't afford the prices for a slab, consider granite tile, which usually comes in at a much lower price than a large slab of granite. If you're qualified to perform the work, consider installing the granite tile yourself. However, do not attempt to install a granite slab on your own. This is best left to a professional.
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