Cost of granite countertop
All prices and remodeling costs revised and updated for 2015
Read about remodeling costs and estimating labor expenses first
How much does it cost to install a granite countertop?
Cost to get a new granite countertop installed varies from $30 to $75 per square foot.
There are three essential factors which determine the total cost of granite countertop installation: amount spent on purchasing granite slab, cost of fabrication, and actual on-site installation expenses.
Granite slab prices
Country of origin or where the granite coming from, granite color, transportation expenses and size of an order are initial factors which affect the price which stone fabricator will pay for a slab. The information about purchasing price of granite slabs usually not provided to homeowners and might be useful just for a general idea why not all granite colors cost the same.
Typically granite separated by color names into groups with $5 - $10 price difference per square foot.
Cost difference between ¾” (2 cm) and 1 ¼” (3 cm) granite countertop.
Thickness of granite countertop normally won’t affect the total cost significantly. On average expect to pay up to 10% cheaper for ¾” compare to 1 ¼” option but there is no proration of price for granite countertop installation based on its thickness.
Granite fabrication cost
Fabrication expenditures for a granite countertop include cutting the slab into separate pieces depending on kitchen layout and desire design, shaping and finishing edges as well as making a sink cutout.
How edge profile will affect the cost of granite countertop fabrication?
Typically three basic edge profiles including bullnose, bevel and eased edges are made at no extra cost. But for custom designed edges such as ogee, waterfall or dupont fabricators will normally charge additional $15 - $25 per linear foot.
Is it an additional fee for a kitchen sink cutout?
Some granite countertop fabricators will include the sink cutout in the total price of granite countertop installed resulting higher cost per square foot while others will add it as a separate fee which might vary from $130 to $360. In any case a cutout for a sink is a part of a fabrication process and there is a charge for that no matter how the numbers in final estimate will be presented.
Cost to install a granite countertop
Granite is one of the most expensive materials for kitchen countertops and proper installation is an essentially important factor which guaranties its long lasting performance. Stone countertop fabricators normally estimate the cost of granite counter per square foot including delivery of fabricated pieces and installation.
Can the cost of granite countertop be reduced by installing it by self?
Theoretically it is always an option to order a certain dimensions countertop for pick up and install it by self, saving 7% - 10% from a total cost on labor, but always account weight and your ability to complete the work successfully. Many homeowners with basic construction skills can put 48” x 24” piece of granite on a leveled base cabinet, but installation of a 45 square foot countertop which involve connecting a few pieces together normally not a do it yourself project. Also none of fabricators will provide a warranty on the stone which installed unprofessionally.
Granite prices chart per square foot installed1
Granite countertops cost comparison
$30 - $34 price range
$35 - $39 price range
$40 - $44 price range
$45 and up
1 All prices are approximate costs of a new 1 ¼” (3 cm) thick granite countertop per square foot installed. Final estimate will be provided by a contractor after in-home consultation, getting detailed measurements and finalizing all details.
How granite fabricators usually estimate the cost?
Cost of granite countertop installed means total expenses for stone, fabrication and installation. Many contractors will install a kitchen sink at no extra cost as well, but the amount spent on purchasing the sink will be added separately.
Is it an extra fee for removal of an old countertop?
Usually there is a fee for demolishing and hauling away of an existing countertop. Each contractor will have own rates for preparation work, but on average expect to pay $130 - $220 for removing the old countertop and $90 - $140 for a disposal charge.
* The numbers are a general idea what expect to pay for a particular remodeling project. The data was analyzed based on hundreds of home improvement projects, but on the national scale it is NOT enough to say the accuracy is high. Exact labor cost will be estimated only after contractor or installer inspects the area.