If you are a homeowner looking to boost the value of your property, installing granite countertops is one of the better strategies. Granite surfaces offer more than just aesthetics. If cared for properly, they can also withstand scratches, dents, heat, spills, and stains.
As a residential building and finishing material, granite was introduced at very high prices during the Clinton era and just before the great American real estate bonanza of the early 21st century. Back then, granite countertops were mostly in the purview of luxury homes and McMansions. In recent years, granite has become more affordable thanks to various trade agreements.
Costs of Modern Granite Surfaces
Natural granite is made from treated igneous rock that presents an attractive blend of minerals and a crystalline texture. The price of natural granite slabs could be considerably high based on their origin, appearance, and treatment. A higher concentration of natural quartz may also result in higher pricing.
Engineered granite is more common than its natural version, but this does not necessarily mean it will cost less. In some cases, quarried granite may cost less than its synthetic counterpart. In 2017, granite slabs may cost anywhere between $5 and $20 per square foot. Granite tiles tend to be cheaper.
Once you start to factor in installation, the costs may climb to between $40 and $100 per square foot. When considering installation, it is important to remember manmade granite is easier to transport and work with.
Design and Installation Costs
If you let your local home improvement store handle your granite countertop installation, you will probably end up paying more than if you choose a specialist. You may also be limited in your granite surface choices if you shop at your local hardware store.
Your choice of edging and your tolerance for the number of seams that show after installation will also determine your total cost. Finally, if you opt to add details such as fancy tiling and splashes, your estimate will be higher. On the low end, you can expect to hear estimates close to $2,000. Complex projects may start around $4,000, while most jobs will likely fall in between these two amounts.
Maintenance is an important aspect of granite installation. Just like antique marble floors require special care and maintenance, some modern granite projects may require a certain level of upkeep. A granite cleaning specialist can tell you about the required maintenance once you start showing interest in various surfaces.
Some engineered granite material is designed to be free of maintenance. However, all natural stone needs to be maintained. For this reason, the cost of maintenance also needs to be factored in.
Another item you’ll need to factor into the cost is a high-quality granite countertop cleaner. Fortunately, the granite cleaning products at Granite Gold® are both affordable and effective. Give us a call at 1-800-475-STONE to learn about our products and find out the best ways to care for your granite counters.