When homeowners are considering granite countertops for their kitchen or bathroom, price is always something to take into account. This beautiful material is not cheap, but there are factors in every project that determine whether the granite countertops price will be moderately expensive or very expensive. Let’s explore those factors.
The grade of the material: There are typically four grades of material: closeout/clearance, builder’s grade, premium and designer. Each vendor uses their own specific labels, but those terms give you an idea of what you’ll find.
Clearance granite is usually fairly plain without much of the veining that differentiates one slab from another. Builder’s grade is often granite of the same quality as clearance, but it just hasn’t been moved to the closeout category yet. These are pre-fab slabs for off-the-shelf installation rather than custom cut countertops.
Don’t write off clearance and builder’s grade. It can be very beautiful material, and those who desire a more understated look will love it.
Premium and designer grades are the expensive stuff. They are used in custom jobs where slabs are specifically fabricated for the project. You’ll find lots of veining and color in this stone, and that makes it rarer. One look at it, when compared with plainer grades, and you’ll understand the higher cost.
The complexity of the job: The number of seams, corners and the type of edge are the factors that determine the degree of installation difficulty. The fewer of these there are, the less the labor part of the job will cost. U-shaped counters with multiple seams and an edge that’s difficult to cut are the costliest.
Who you work with: Working directly with the supplier of the material such as KAO SHI STONE costs less than getting your countertops through a custom builder or interior designer. The savings might be big .