Homeowners who are considering installing new granite countertops in their kitchens and bathrooms may be wondering what the total cost of doing so would be. Whilst it is relatively easy to obtain prices for the raw materials themselves, the extra costs involved are a little harder to anticipate. In this short article, we have attempted to make a list that includes all of the factors you need to consider. We cannot give accurate figures for each individual factor, because they will vary widely from one firm to another, but what we can do is to make sure that you are aware of everything you need to include in your calculations. That way, when you do approach local suppliers, you can ask them all the right questions and ensure that you get an accurate picture of the total costs involved in purchasing their products.
All the Costs Associated with New Granite Countertops
Take a look at the following list and make a note of any points you think you may forget. Alternatively, copy and paste it into your favourite word processing program and print a hard copy that you can take along when visiting local showrooms.
- Raw Materials – The first and most obvious cost that you need to ascertain is that of the raw materials, i.e. the granite you have chosen, to be used in the manufacture of your countertops. As with marble countertops and surfaces made from other types of natural stone, those that are manufactured from granite can be made using raw materials of varying quality levels. This means that it is important to establish the type of granite that will be used to make your surfaces because it will have a major influence on overall costs.
- Fabrication – When purchasing granite countertops, it is normal practice to choose a particular slab of granite from which you would like to have them manufactured. You will therefore often be quoted a price for the stone itself and a separate one for the fabrication of your countertops.
- Installation – The third and final major cost associated with having new granite countertops installed in your home is the cost of installation itself. Some firms may quote a single price covering raw materials, fabrication and installation but many will break these costs down for you, so that you can see exactly how your money is being spent.
- Maintenance – Some granite surfaces are more porous than others, which means that they need sealing after installation and then resealing at regular intervals thereafter. Whilst this is a relatively minor cost compared to the three above, it is one that you should consider nonetheless.
Whether you eventually decide to purchase granite countertops or one of the popular alternatives (marble and engineered quartz countertops spring to mind) all of the above factors will remain equally relevant when you are calculating your overall costs. If you require any assistance with your calculations, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call Maxspace here in Toronto.