How Much do Granite Countertops Cost?
Kitchen Design Trends for NC New Homes - Granite Countertop Cost, Selections, and Benefits
Homebuyers in North Carolina LOVE granite countertops - and when you look at these completed home pictures, you'll see why.
But how much do granite countertops cost?
Below is a guide discussing the features, benefits, and costs of granite counters.
All About Granite Countertop
Granite is a natural product harvested from quarries. Colors and patterns vary depending on the geological processes in the region where they are quarried.
Granite prices start at about 3-4 times the cost of laminate counters.
Because this is a natural material, granite selections are not made from a color chart - and every counter is unique.
When making kitchen selections with a Stanton Homes interior designer, our home buyers view samples representative of a type of granite to make their color and style choices.
There are a variety of edges available at no additional charge.
Upgraded edges can include a full bullnose and ogee (graceful serpentine curve), depending on the manufacture. Ask you builder which options come standard.
Granite Counter Top Edge Style Chart
Here is a quick guide to popular granite counter top edge styles. In this style chart, you will find shapes for a beveled, bullnose, pencil round, roundover, and ogee edge.
Here is a quick guide to recently completed Stanton Homes with each of these granite counter top edge styles. Click on the image or style name to view more photos of these custom designed kitchens featuring a wide variety of granite styles.
Benefits of Choosing Granite for Your Countertop Materials
Granite is fairly resistant to heat and scratches. If damaged, it may be possible to polish the countertop, since it is made of the same material throughout.
The material must be resealed about every five years to protect it from stains, and careful attention must be paid to the natural stone seams.
What is the bottom line on granite countertop cost?
All countertop pricing is determined by square footage.
Most standard countertops are 2 ¼ feet wide.
To find out how much countertop you need, take the length of the countertop and multiply by the width. Then multiply the total square footage by the cost per square foot for the desired material. This will give you the starting point.
But there are additional considerations as well.
The cost of backsplashes depends on material and style, as does the edge of the countertop – which can all be customized in different materials.
Even the type of sink makes a difference in countertop cost. An under-counter mount requires a more finished edge around the sink, which raises the cost for some materials.
Additional sinks or other cut outs can add to labor and installation expenses, as well.
Custom home builders like Stanton Homes can walk you through the costs when you plan your home, so you can decide what kind of countertop you want to live with.