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Granite countertops have become the staple of a high-quality kitchen. Though only one of many countertop options, granite is deservedly popular for its durability, ease of maintenance, and sheer beauty. However, despite all of these benefits, some may still wonder if granite countertops are worth the relatively high cost, or what causes variations in price. So how much are granite countertops, exactly, and what factors affect their pricing?
The cost of granite countertops per square foot is usually about $45 to $200. Though this is a widely-accepted average price for granite countertops, many different factors influence this price point. One of the most obvious of these is the color of the stone. Certain colors are rarer or more in-demand than others, causing an increase in their price. Size and finishes also contribute to the cost. Using larger slabs in order to create minimal seams will increase the price of your countertop—especially for large jobs. On the other hand, seams are naturally a weak point, so the fewer seams, the more durable and stronger the countertops. Fancy finishes will also add to the bottom line, although many find it worth the extra cost to give a personal touch to their kitchen.
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Other factors that influence granite countertop cost may be harder to see. For example, granite comes in a variety of different grades based on qualities that may not be easily visible to the typical consumer, such as composition and strength. However, once you’ve decided to go with granite for your kitchen build or renovation, such considerations become very important in deciding where you will purchase your granite.
The cheapest options might be big box stores such as Lowes, but before you immediately run out to purchase Lowes’ granite countertops, it’s important to be aware that these stores don’t necessarily specialize in stone, and while you may have access to some design consultation, it will likely not be as extensive as that offered by companies whose focus is more specialized. At Sky Marble and Granite in Sterling, VA, for example, our experienced professionals work with the customer every step of the way. You’ll have access to superior assistance in the design of your kitchen and selection of your stone, and you’re even invited to go to the warehouse and hand-pick your slab, so you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. With top quality products, you might spend a little more up front, but your countertops will last longer, and you’ll avoid costs such as unnecessary granite countertop repair due to errors in design or poor quality stone. Furthermore, should you need repairs or other services in the future, you’ll always know that you have a team of professionals to turn to.
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When comparing prices and shopping around for your granite countertops, it’s important to weigh initial cost with other factors such as the grade of stone, color and design preferences, and professional support. At Sky Marble and Granite, you’ll find only the highest quality products and top-notch consultation services for every step of the design and installation process. We want you to love your new kitchen for many years to come, and for us, quality makes all the difference.