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The Average Cost to Install Granite Countertops

Updated:2014-05-16 10:19:02

Granite countertops are an ideal addition to a kitchen or bathroom in a home. They are durable, come in a variety of colors and can easily increase the value of a home. When sealed and properly maintained, granite can last the life of the house, making replacement unlikely. But like other stone options, the cost of a granite countertop can be high, and homeowners should carefully judge all costs involved before making their decision.

                                                            

 Granite Tile

Granite tiles are thin squares of granite, usually around a foot in width, that homeowners can install as countertops. Granite tile has several advantages: it is relatively easy to transport and handle, and it can be put in piecemeal with pauses as needed. Unfortunately, it is also easy to break and extra tiles are needed to correct mistakes. Stone tiles can raise in price. For affordable granite tiles, $20 per square foot was a reasonable average in 2011. Higher-quality versions cost much more, up to $100 per square foot.

Granite Slabs

Granite slabs are entire countertops manufactured out of one piece of granite. Naturally, manufacturers must make these slabs according to very precise measurements and must install them as one piece. These slabs cost much more than simple tile. In 2011, the prices ranged between $40 and $100 per square foot, with prices often rising a couple thousand dollars above a tiled countertop. Slab countertops are often easier to install with an adept team, requiring less piece by piece work, although damage will ruin the entire slab instead of just one tile.

Installation

o    Installation costs are an important part of granite work. If the homeowner has experience in laying some type of hard tile, such as ceramic or stone, then granite countertops may be a good do-it-yourself project for only a few hundred dollars.

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