Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Kitchen & Bath > Granite Countertop

Granite Countertop Cost


How Much Does a Granite Countertop Cost?

 
low costDIY Tile: $120-$1,250average costPrefabricated Slab: $750-$3,000high costCustom Cut Slab, Installed: $1.800-$3,000
post Post    

Granite is the most popular natural stone countertop material used in kitchens and bathrooms and comes in dozens of colors.

Typical costs:

  • For Do-It-Yourselfers, granite tile countertops cost $4-$19 per square foot, or $120-$570 for a typical kitchen with 30 square feet of counter space. Granite tile countertop kits cost $95-$200 per section, and are sold by fabricators like BuildDirect[1] . A kit usually includes the tiles and backsplashes for a section of countertop, such as a 24-inch wide piece or a corner section. For a typical kitchen with 30 square feet of counter space, expect to pay $500-$1250 for a series of kits, which do not include mortar or tools for DIY installation. Some manufacturers require a minimum purchase.
  • Slab granite countertops--solid pieces of granite custom cut to the width and shape of a countertop -- cost $60-$100 per square foot depending on the color and rarity of the granite, the style of edging. Expect to pay $1,800-$3,000 for a typical kitchen, installed. Custom cut granite slab countertops can be purchased at local high-end kitchen and bath stores, and at local stone yards.
  • Prefabricated slab granite countertops, which can be purchased from retailers such as Artistic Stone Kitchen & Bath Inc[2] cost $25-$100 per square foot, or $750-$3,000 for a typical kitchen, for materials only. Prefabricated slabs come in standard lengths and widths rather than being custom cut, which can be installed with a minimum of seams created.
  • No-stain slab granite countertops cost $50-$90 per square foot, or $1,500-$2,700 for an average kitchen, typically including professional installation.
Related articles: Stone Countertop, Quartz Countertop, Concrete Countertop, Tile Countertop, Solid Surface Countertop, Kitchen Countertops

What should be included:
  • Prefabricated granite countertop pieces should be polished and sealed by the fabricator and the outer edges should be shaped. Most prefabricated pieces sold at home improvement stores include attached matching backsplashes.
  • Slab granite countertops should be custom cut to fit the kitchen, polished, sealed, and edged to specifications.
  • Installation of slab granite countertops is included with the purchase of the countertop. Installation of a granite countertop should include a professional pre-installation measurement, preparation of the counters (including leveling and shimming), installation of the countertop, cleanup, and final inspection.
Additional costs:
  • To install granite tiles, a DIYer must purchase all the materials (epoxy, sealant) to complete the installation. Thinset mortar costs $10-$35; it's usually sold dry in 10-50 pound sacks. Tile cutters range from $10-$200; small hand cutters are the cheapest, while table-saw style tile cutters cost $150-$200. Granite-cutting circular saw blades cost about $20; granite-cutting drill bits cost about $10.
  • Most granite countertops require frequent resealing treatments to avoid damage to the surface. Sealant costs $15-$20 per ounce; one ounce treats 50 square feet of countertop. Popular sealant brands such as DuPont and Tile Guard are sold at home improvement stores like Lowes.
Discounts:
  • Tile and prefabricated granite countertops can be installed by skilled DIYers.
  • Home improvement stores occasionally offer specials on granite countertops.
Shopping for a granite countertop:
  • Before beginning to price granite tiles or slabs, measure the countertop area. Home Depot provides a worksheet[3] to help calculate the measurements. The installer or contractor will do an official measurement later, but a good estimate can give a rough sense of the costs.
  • Prefabricated granite countertop sections are fabricated in factories, often overseas. These are usually cheaper than slab countertops, and can be installed by a skilled DIYer or by a professional installer or contractor. Though there are fewer seams with modular sections than with granite tiles, those seams will still show.
  • Slab granite countertops are the most expensive and most elegant style of granite countertop. Single slabs of granite are custom cut to fit the space; no seams are needed so the surface of the counter is perfectly smooth and unbroken. In most cases, a professional installer or contractor installs slab granite countertops.
  • Decide whether to purchase "no stain" granite countertops. Made by Stonemark and sold by Home Depot, "no stain" granite is treated so as to resist any discolorations (guaranteed for 15 years). An expensive option, no stain granite countertops may be a good choice for active cooks and families. An article on This Old House[4] describes the properties of no-stain granite.
  • Call ahead to schedule an appointment for a consultation at a kitchen & bath or home improvement store.
  • Lowes[5] sells granite tiles in 12-inch and 18-inch square sizes, usually in cases of 6-10 tiles. Online retailers such as Amazon [6] offer granite tiles individually.
post Post    
CostHelper News


7 Must-Have Tailgating Toys
Tailgating is an art form these days -- and a crazy one at that. There is an entire industry that caters to die-hard sports fans, providing all the comforts of home in a parking lot setting. || Posted September 12 2013


Boo! Don't Get Scared by Halloween Store Prices
Some people call me morbid. I call it a playful realism about human life expectancy. Either way, as soon as the local Halloween stores open, I'm in there checking out the inventory. || Posted September 4 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Granite Countertop
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type: Square Feet: 
Contractor:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.builddirect.com/Granite-Countertops.aspx
  2.  www.artisticstoneinc.com/kitchen.php?gclid=CMK5y_HHgqACFQ2kagod0zg5pg
  3.  www.homedepot.com/hdus/en_US/DTCCOM/Home_Services/Countertop_Installation/Docs/countert...
  4.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,1215049,00.html
  5.  www.lowes.com/SearchCatalogDisplay?storeId=10151&langId=-1&catalogId=10051&N=0&newSearc...
  6.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dtools&field-keywords=granite+tile&x=...
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does Heating Oil Cost? How Much Does Painting a House Cost? How Much Does a Fence Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Teacher was recommended from the schools and D teacher was recommended from the school’s conductor
Paid: 40.00
My son is in middle school and has been participating in his elementary school orchestra for two years. A lot of the kids were getting extra private lessons, and we can tell our son was a little bit behind the other students... [more]
-Ed L.
Violin Lessons Cost
Headstone foundation only
Paid: 995.00
Is this reasonable for just the foundation alone to be installed for a small market? I still have to pay for the market itself and it's installation!... [more]
-D. Jackson
Headstones Cost
TMJ Orthotic
Paid: 5500.00
Dentist made a custom made mouth guard or Orthotic on my lower teeth. It is only supposed to provide temporary relieve about 3-6 months. I have been using it for 8 months with no pain relief... [more]
-Mr
TMJ Treatment Cost
Head Gasket Replacement
Paid: 675.00
Realistically, $600-$700 is a reasonable amount depending on whether you are paying for parts and labor or just labor; and especially dependent on what other parts you are electing to replace when having the head gasket replaced... [more]
-S. William
Head Gasket Replacement Cost
Before and after School Care
Paid: 668.00
We live in the Bay area in California where everything is expensive. I am gratefull to have this so I can work... [more]
-T Lawrence
Before and After School Programs Cost
Shingles vaccination
Paid: 385.00
2019 Scripps charged over 600.00 for this. After Medicare and my part D insurance with blue Shield I paid $385.00 to Scripps. This is for the first vaccination... [more]
-Edie1949
Shingles Vaccine Cost