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The Cost of Installing Granite Countertops

April 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 125

Granite countertops are one of the most valuable and popular choices of high-end kitchen surfaces. However, coupled with the price of materials, the cost of installing granite countertops can be high and stops many people from installing natural stone countertops when remodelling their kitchen.

Different Types of Granite Countertops

Not all granite countertops are equally expensive, and significant savings can be achieved by using lower quality granite. In this case, lower quality is not a reflection of the durability or beauty of the stone, but on how rare it is. Slab granite countertops are the most expensive, because they are a naturally formed single slab of granite stone cut to measure, while granite remnants and granite tiles are much more affordable but won't look seamless, which is something desirable on a kitchen counter.

Before disregarding granite completely, consider checking out alternative forms of natural stone to see if the cheaper options are within your budget. The cost of installing granite countertops can also be reduced if you choose a granite type that can be installed by the homeowner, instead of slab granite that requires specialist tools and professional skills.

Slab Granite Countertops

The king of granite countertops, slab granite installation is not a DIY project. Giant slabs are mined off-site, and cut to the exact size of your kitchen. There, experienced professionals will install it. If you ever dream of attempting a DIY job on this you risk cracking the stone, and wasting a lot of money. The cost of installing slab granite countertops and materials is often over $60 per square foot, but can vary a lot depending on how easy it is to get granite near your home. Exotic stones that need to be imported will be much more expensive than locally sourced ones, and the installation costs will reflect that as well.

Modular Granite

If you are not worried about a few seams, modular granite countertops are made of smaller slabs, cut to pieces that fit a kitchen. You can create any style of kitchen surface distribution with them, and if you are an experienced DIY you can even install it yourself, which means you can get granite about 3 or 4 times cheaper than natural slab stone. On the other hand, seams are unavoidable. However, since modular granite pieces are quite big there aren't as many seams as with granite tile countertops.

Granite Tile Countertops

This is the cheapest way of getting granite, and you can even install it yourself, lowering the costs even more. It actually involves installing granite tiles on the countertops, attached with epoxy instead of mortar and grout. If this reminds you of installing floor tiles, it is because granite tile countertops are often just floor tiles, repurposed. This means there is going to be a lot of seams, which is not something you really want on a kitchen, but it's admittedly a very cheap way of getting a granite kitchen surface that you can install yourself. You can get granite tiles at any home remodelling store, for prices as low as $4 per square foot if you use ¾ inches granite sheets.

Opting for non-slab granite that you can install yourself can reduce the cost of installing granite countertops and make them affordable even for a relatively limited budget. However, you may also want to look into other cheap countertops suitable for a DIY kitchen remodelling project to lower the costs even more.

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