Are you renovating your kitchen? Are you considering granite countertops? Then you really need to figure out that cost first to avoid unexpected (and unwelcome) overruns.
Here, we walk you through the six main factors that will impact the cost of adding a granite countertop to your kitchen.
6 Factors to Consider When Estimating the Cost of Installing Granite Countertops
Installing a granite countertop in your kitchen is a major investment. It requires an upfront estimate of the total cost if you want to avoid unnecessary expenses. Here’s how.
1) How Big Is the Granite Slab?
The first thing to consider is the size of the granite slab you want to install. The larger the piece, the more the countertop will cost. If you choose two (or more) small pieces, the cost will be less but there will be more visible seams. That said, cutting one piece from the same slab ensures more uniformity in colour and appearance than using multiple pieces from different slabs.
2) How Thick Is It?
Countertops are typically 1.2, 2 or 3 cm thick. Obviously the thicker the slab, the more expensive and durable it will be.
If you choose 2 cm, the countertop will require plywood support or extra lamination to boost its strength and stability. This involves extra work which equates to extra expense. The 3 cm variety doesn’t require plywood.
3) Which Colour and Design Do You Want?
Granite countertops are available in a wide range of colours and patterns, both rare and natural.
Common natural colours like green, beige and brown cost less, while rarer hues such as blue, red and purple with intricate patterns are more expensive.
For example, Blue Bahia is an exotic variety of granite from Brazil that can cost more than $100 per square foot because of its colour.
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4) Where’s It Coming From?
The granite’s country of origin can significantly impact its cost. This is because shipping from a source country far away costs more. For example, shipping granite sourced from Spain or Brazil to Canada will add more to the price compared to granite sourced from Canada or America.
5) How Is It Being Made?
Dealers usually quote one price for the stone and a separate one for the fabrication of the countertop. The latter cost depends on many factors including its edge profile, the number of sink cutouts, and whether you choose a polished or textured countertop. For example, the ogee edge profile is the most expensive and can skyrocket your budget, whereas eased edge is usually the least expensive. As far as sink cutouts are concerned, a single one costs less than two. And polished countertops are typically less expensive than textured ones.
6) How Difficult Is It to Install?
Many granite retailers who sell granite slabs charge separately for fabrication. That means you have the option to install the countertop yourself or hire a professional. We recommend the latter, to prevent errors.
The installation cost depends on many factors including:
- The thickness of granite: The thicker it is, the more difficult (and expensive) it is to install. This is because heavy materials may require bracing or stronger cabinet supports.
- The kitchen countertop layout: If your kitchen has many corners, extra time and skill is required on the part of your contractor, elevating your costs.
- Sealing and maintenance: The cost of sealing granite countertops is higher than other materials. Granite also requires regular maintenance.
- Existing countertop removal: Removing your current countertop will cost extra.
It’s hard to determine exactly how much it will cost to fabricate and install your granite countertop. But now you have an idea of the factors that will significantly impact that final price and can keep them in mind when preparing your budget. If you need help with granite countertop installation, want to buy other countertop stones, or simply need a quote, call us at 416-679-8048 or contact us here. We will be happy to assist you.