Homeowners today put more thought into kitchen and bathroom remodeling than before. In many cases, their thoughts run into replacing their countertops with stone materials to add swank and polish as well as functionality to their perfect kitchen or bathroom.
However, remodeling requires a budget, and some people might hesitate to choose their desired material for their countertops in the belief that it is much too expensive. While this might be true in some instances, you might be surprised at how affordable some of the best materials can be if you get it from the right source.
What you need is a comprehensive look at the costs of some of the most popular materials for kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops for 2019. Here are some guidelines for you.
Most people judge a stone by the way it looks and feels. Beautiful colors, fabulous designs, and luxurious finishes can all contribute to the esthetics of the stone.
However, this usually comes with a price, especially with natural stones such as granite and marble. Some colors such as blue, red, and purple tend to be rarer than others are, so they will be more expensive. A special finish such as leathered or flamed can add to the uniqueness of the countertops, but they will also add to your cost. Premium edge treatments such as a mitered edge or double ogee will also add a premium.
That said, most people find the extra features elevate their countertops above the ordinary and well worth the price. If you have the budget, consider going for the best and most unique countertops you can find.
As you probably figured out, the larger the countertops you have, the more you have to pay. However, the increase actually diminishes the cost per square foot, as your installation costs will stay the same.
Aside from size, another dimension factor that will affect the price is the thickness. Most natural and engineered stone slabs come in standard thicknesses of 2 cm and 3 cm. The thinner slab is less expensive than the thicker slab because it uses more stone. You can also request for an even thicker slab if you want, but expect to wait longer and pay considerably more as thicker slabs have to be custom ordered.
Some companies also charge for applying a sealer to the countertops after installation, so you might want to skip that and apply a sealer yourself. However, countertop specialists such as Keystone Granite & Tile offer packages that include sealer application as a freebie.
The cost of installing new countertops depends on several factors. If you have old countertops, the contractor will certainly charge you for removing it for you. You can avoid that by taking out the old countertops yourself if you think you have the skills to do it. However, you also have to get rid of the debris, so it might make more sense to have the pros handle everything for you.
The installation itself is also a considerable cost, especially if you choose a very heavy material such as concrete. On average, installing stone countertops are about the same as the cost of the stone slabs, so expect to double your cost once you get the estimate for the stone slabs. Some companies do offer all-in packages, so you might want to consider that when shopping around for a contractor. Keystone Granite & Tile, for example, offers a package for granite countertops at $1,749 for up to 40 square feet of countertops.
Now that you have some context on the factors affecting the price of stone countertops, you will have a better understanding of some of the average prices of some of the top materials. Keep them in mind when making your budget for your kitchen or bathroom remodel.
One of the most popular materials for stone countertops is granite. It is a durable, natural tone with large variations in patterns and colors. You can typically see hundreds of actual slabs in showrooms of reputable countertop companies. They come in several grades, from Level 1 to 5. The basis for the gradation is typically availability, with Level 1 granite being the most common. However, it does not reflect on the durability or quality of the stone itself.
The price ranges per square foot are:
- $36 to 45
- $45 to $50
- $50 to 65
- $65 to $75
- $75 and up
Marble is also a popular choice for countertops because of its beauty and elegance, although it does have some issues when it comes to staining, scratching, and etching. However, with the proper care, marble countertops can last as long as granite, so it is still a great option for homeowners with an eye for luxury.
Unlike granite, there are no grades for marble. However, like granite, the price will depend on the rarity of the stone. On average, the cost per square foot of marble countertops is $55, about the same as granite. The most common type of marble such as Snow White costs just $40 per square foot, while a rare marble such as Calacatta marble can have a price tag of $250 per square foot.
Quartzite is a natural stone of the metamorphic type, formed under great pressure and heat from its original quartz sandstone. It has visible crystals like granite, but does not have the same range of colors as granite, or engineered quartz, for that matter. The average price for quartzite countertops per square foot is $90, with a range of $50 to $120, depending on rarity.
Soapstone is a natural stone that is a bit like marble in appearance, although it has a milky and translucent feel to it. It is non-porous, which is great, but has a much more limited color range, typically shades of gray. It is a good substitute for marble if you like gray and a matte finish. The range of prices per square foot for soapstone countertops is $75 to $150. It is a bit pricey, but a good choice for some homeowners.
The most popular material for kitchen countertops today is quartz stone, which is an engineered product. It comes under many brands with a wide range of colors, designs, textures, and finishes. They are very durable and low maintenance, and readily available on demand. The price for quartz countertops range from as low as $33 per square foot to as high as $100, depending on the brand and model, not including installation.
With so many options for kitchen countertops, it helps to have a current price guide at hand to help you narrow down your choices. It also helps to consult with a reliable countertop specialist to explain some of the finer points of the materials. Keystone Granite & Tile can help you with all your kitchen countertop needs in the areas of Columbus, Ohio, Delaware cities, Lancaster and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
We have showrooms in Lancaster and Horsham, Pennsylvania as well as New Castle, Delaware and Columbus, Ohio. We will walk you through each slab and explain how each can benefit you in your kitchen or bathroom remodel. If you prefer engineered stones, we also carry the top brands in the industry such as Cambria, Caesarstone, Silestone, and MSI, all with manufacturer warranties.
Once you have chosen your slabs, we provide free professional design consultation and quotes so you know exactly where you are before committing. We also have a quick turnaround, so you will get your products on time and on budget. We are experts at fabricating and installing engineered stone, marble, and granite countertops, so you can be confident that you will get the very best in product and service quality.
Give us a call or send us an inquiry through our website to set the ball rolling!