Granite countertops are popular in many kitchens because of its many advantages. Durable, unique, and natural, your countertop will last for many years without damage or going out of style. Back in the day, only the rich could afford to put natural stone in the home, so granite countertops were a status symbol.

Today, prices have gone way down, making granite countertops much more accessible to regular people. However, it is still a major investment. The price for granite slabs range from $40 for the most commonly available types to $200 for exotic stones. You can expect pay around $80 per square foot on average for good quality granite, including installation. The minimum size for a kitchen counter is 26 square feet, so you are looking at paying a minimum of $2,080.

This might discourage you from considering granite for your countertops. However, there are ways you can keep costs down. Below are some suggestions for you.

Go to granite specialists

Many people go to big box stores to look for granite slabs for their countertops because it is convenient. However, you pay for that convenience with a limited selection of granite slabs and premium prices. Big box stores are nearly always 40% more expensive than granite specialists are, and they job out the fabrication and installation to third parties, which can drive the price per square foot even higher.

Local granite suppliers do everything in-house. They will measure, design, make templates, fabricate, and install them for one total price. Keystone Granite and Tile, for example, services the Pennsylvania and Delaware areas. The company offers granite countertop packages for as low as $1,749 for up to 40 square feet of counters or as low as $39 per square foot, installed. This package also includes free edge and sink.

Local granite suppliers also have a much larger selection of good quality granite slabs than big box stores. They will guide you on your selections to keep you in budget without compromising quality. Big box stores may be convenient, but for a big-ticket item like granite countertops, your priority is to get the best deal possible. Go to granite specialists and save a bundle.

Slab thickness

Most granite slabs come in standard 2-cm and 3-cm thicknesses. Thicker slabs tend to be more expensive. If you have a small area to cover, or you can add more support for larger areas, you should choose a 2-cm thick slab for your project. It can lower your overall costs considerably, although you definitely need a pro to fabricate and install it.

Slab choices

Some slabs are more expensive than others are. The obvious cost-saving choice is the more common granites, which is perfectly fine if you get it from a reputable granite supplier that will guarantee the quality of the stone. However, even if you choose expensive granite, you might come out even. Many granite specialists will charge you less for installation if you choose the higher-end granites, especially for large projects.

Slab alternatives

Whole slabs are ideal for your countertops, but they are not the only option. Of course, even if you choose a whole slab, you only pay for what you use. Even then, your granite specialist may offer you selections from remnant slabs for smaller requirements, which cost less than whole slabs per square foot. Remnant slabs are what is left over from previous projects, and some may be exotic granite and large enough for your purpose. If you are not too picky over seams, you can put together enough of the remnant slabs to cover a larger area. You may not be able to find exactly matching pieces, but that is the same case with whole slabs anyway when it comes to granite. Each slab is unique, and can vary widely from other slabs from the same granite block. One way to get around this is to choose complementary stones for your main counter and kitchen island.

The granite supplier may also suggest granite tiles instead of slabs for your counters. They cost much less than slabs, and they work very well with non-standard shaped counters. You may even be able to do the installation yourself since they are thinner than slabs and easier to cut. The downside is you will have a great many seams. It is also a good choice for backsplashes, where seams do not matter as much. You can probably afford to get a full backsplash more if you use tiles instead of slabs for backsplashes. Just remember that you need to seal tiles just like slabs.

Finish matters

Most people either associate granite countertops with a polished or a honed finish, and a polished finish is the most popular. If you go for these standard finishes, you pay around the same price, although maintaining the polished look may take a bit more doing than other finishes. However, if you choose non-standard treatments such as a leathered finish, you will have to pay a bit more. Stick with the standard finishes to avoid paying more.

Edge profile

Some granite specialists include edge fabrication for their countertop packages, but these will usually include only basic edge profiles such as the square edge. If you choose more intricate edge profiles, such as the ogee, you will have to pay a lot more to have it fabricated. Before choosing an edge profile, ask the fabricator for the price. The rule of thumb is the fewer passes the fabricator has to do to make the edge, the less expensive it is.

Conclusion

Granite countertops are not the least expensive option for kitchen counters, but they can cost a lot less if you make the smart choices. These tips should put you on the right track, especially the one about choosing a local granite specialist. Keystone Granite & Tile is your best bet 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 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!