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Granite Countertop Costs & Installation

This article deals with the different kinds of granite available for granite countertops and the costs and installation associated with it.

Granite is a very hard and tough rock that is used as a decorative stone in construction projects. Granite is used to create countertops because of its strength and durability. It is most commonly used in high use areas such as kitchen and bathrooms. Granite countertops are preferred because they can hold up under heat and is able to withstand damage when cutting or chopping food on it with a knife. Cost and installation of a granite countertop depends on a number of things including the types of granite and the installation process.

Types of Granite

Three types of granite are available to homeowners: granite tiles, modular granite, and slab granite. Granite tiles are an inexpensive way to have granite countertops and a project a do-it-yourselfer can accomplish. They are the same tiles used for flooring but can be applied to the top of a countertop to enhance the look. The difference between installing the tiles on the floor and on the countertop is spacing and adhesive. Grout and spacers are used for floor installation, while tiles on the countertop have no spaces and are affixed with an epoxy. Granite tiles are typically 3/8” thick and cost around $4.00 a square foot.

Modular granite is a step up from granite tiles and is also a do-it-yourself project. The homeowner carefully measures the spaces where the installation will take place and sends the measurements to the manufacturer. The manufacturer cuts the granite to the dimensions specified and sends it to the homeowner. The homeowner can then install it using an epoxy. Some home improvement stores sell pre-cut systems. The advantage of modular over tile is additional pieces such as rounded corners and backsplashes can be added, although they cost extra. Also, modular has fewer seams than tile, which adds to the strength. Modular pieces are typically ¾” thick and costs around $25 a square foot.

Slab granite is the top shelf of the countertop world. The installers come to the home and carefully measure the places the granite will be installed and applies the dimensions to a template of the area to ensure proper fit. With slab granite, the homeowner is able to select the piece of stone they like. This allows the customer to have the veins and characteristics desired. Slab granite is typically cut to 1-1/4” thick and costs start at $60 per square foot. This does not include the costs for installation.

Costs

The cost to install granite countertops will depend on the type of granite used. Granite tiles typically cost around $4.00 a square foot, which basically works out to $4.00 per tile. The price may be higher or lower depending on the area. There is no labor costs since the homeowner can install the tiles themselves.

Modular granite typically starts at $25 a square foot and goes up from there. The price will depend on how much granite is needed and the design of the area. Extra pieces, such as a backsplash, bring the cost up. No labor costs are associated with this type of granite because of homeowner installation.

Because slab granite is the cream of the crop, it is also the most expensive. Slab granite typically starts at $60 per square foot and skyrockets from there. The kind of granite, the slab selection, and the quarry cost all factor into how much it will cost. The homeowner must also factor in the labor cost associated with installing the granite. Installers are skilled tradesmen and their expertise is important. This is not a do-it-yourself project. The cost for installation will depend on the going rate in the area.

Sources

Granite Cost – Cost of Granite – Granite Countertop Cost

http://homerenovations.about.com/od/kitchens/f/granitecost.htm

Modular vs. Slab Granite

http://www.ehow.com/about_7221637_modular-vs_-slab-granite.html

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