looking for new countertops, you find an amazing deal on
granite for $29.99 per square foot.
sounds super-affordable, and once you measure your
current countertops and calculate the square footage,
youíll have the price for installing new countertops,
so fast, say countertop installers.
FACTORS FOR COUNTERTOPS
people charge for an edge and some donít, depending on
what you select," says Gary Rogers, owner of AGS
Stone & Tampa Bay Kitchen and Bath of Tampa,
Florida. "Edge selection is going to impact price
of the countertop. In our price, we include five
standard edge detail options; some companies, each edge
has its own price."
real countertop installation cost not only includes the
price of the material, but also the price for the tear
out, modifications, edging and sealing, as well as
cutouts for outlets, sinks and plumbing. Depending on
the contractor, these costs may or may not be included
in the per-square-foot cost of materials.
Hansen, owner of Hansenís Custom Countertop Services
of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, says itís extremely
important to ask whatís included in the square-foot
price. "Thatís the No. 1 question you have to
COUNTERTOPS AND QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS
costs also vary depending on the quality and color.
Granite, a natural stone, and quartz, an engineered
stone, include two of the most popular countertop types.
installers say cheap granite could signal the product
has blemishes and may crack over time.
only three things that make up the cost of granite ó
the supply and demand, the part of the world it comes
from and how hard it is to excavate from the
earth," says Dave Carver of Jim Carver & Sons
of Cincinnati, Ohio.
says his entry-level granite countertops cost $50 to $55
per square foot, while basic quartz countertops
typically cost $75 to $85 per square foot.
says his basic granite countertops start around $60 to
$65 per square foot, while entry-level quartz runs in
the high $70 range. He says homeowners need to know the
origin of the granite they plan to purchase. Highly
discounted granite countertops may come from a warehouse
with a huge stockpile of inferior product.
need to know the origin of the granite," Hansen
warns. "Because it says Brazil in the name doesnít
mean it came from Brazil. You need to see the paper
work. If they donít have the paper work, you donít
Hansen and Rogers say the best way to calculate the cost
of installing kitchen countertops is to draw a sketch of
your kitchen, include all the features you want, such as
backsplash, type of edging and material thickness and
take the measurements to a countertop contractor.
that," Hansen says. "Donít worry about the
square foot cost because thatís such a small part of
it. Unless you know whatís included in the square
foot, itís so irrelevant."