Granite Countertop Prices

When choosing a granite company to buy from, this is why the best price might not always be the best value.
Written By: Bob Faust
Fireplace & Granite Distributors

There are many factors that go into creating a quote for granite countertop prices. Factors such as 1) Material cost 2) overhead 3) Labor cost 4) Specialty tools and equipment 5) advertising and service.

These should all be evaluated when you are considering the “Risk vs. Reward” scenario when choosing the right company for your granite needs.

Lets consider one of factors: Material Cost

All granite slabs are sold at different levels of quality or “grades”. Just as diamonds are graded from “commercial grade” all the way up to to “FL” (flawless), granite slabs prices vary the same way. Granite is available in commercial grade, fabricator grade, second choice, and first choice. The cost range of these materials are considerable.

A granite slab of Santa Cecilia commercial grade has a cost as little as $4.00 per sq ft whereas a similar slab of first quality material could easily cost $8-$10/ft. (NOTE: these are direct prices from the stone Quarries)

How is granite graded? What is the difference in granite slab grades?

Just some of the factors that go into this grading process are color, clarity, fissures or cracks, and pocked (pitted) slabs. Fully 80-90% of the granite fabricators locally to our area (Charlotte and surrounding) buy there materials from slab distributors. They then in turn add on their overhead and profit. After that, they then add wholesale these slabs to fabricators for $7-8 for commercial and as high has $12-14 for first quality slabs. Many Charlotte companies advertise first choice materials but sell lesser grades.

Granite Countertop Grades
(The photo above shows the same granite: 3CM Baltic Brown Granite  — The same granite but in different grades can appear different in color, have more granite fissures or cracks, and an overall difference in quality)

We, at Fireplace and Granite Distributors, buy directly from quarries overseas, thus insuring the best price and best quality materials.

This allows us to provide a premium quality material at wholesale prices or “Builder price levels”. (Passing all the savings and discounts onto you, the customer)

I am sure you can see why the best price may not always be the best value. If you pay a lesser price, you may very well get a lesser material. After all when the job is said and done and you are showing off your new tops to your friends and relatives, would you rather say “Look at my beautiful granite tops!” or “Look how little I paid for my granite tops!”

A low per sq ft granite price, a cheap granite countertop price still gets you a cheap granite countertop. Sometimes the lowest price will not offer you the best granite countertop and best overall value.

Granite Prices square foot

Granite CharlotteSanta Cecilia Granite Granite Countertop Pricing & Information
Santa Cecilia GraniteGranite Countertop installation ranges in prices based upon the color of granite you would like installed. Granite colors can cost different based upon where the granite is mined from, the quanity available, movement in the stone, and the cost of the slab per the granite distributors selling the slab.
Typically, granite slab prices are in Levels or Categorys. Most distributors have a Level I (one), Level II (two), Level III (three) or higher stones. Granite colors without much movement (belonging to a speckled granite family) are usually less in price. Granite colors with some to a lot of movement are priced higher because they are higher in demand.
A very popular color that we have blogged about alot, is Santa Cecilia — a brazillian granite color that has some movement in the stone. This granite color is not as expensive as an exotic granite, but can transform a granite countertop from dull to extraordinary easily.
Santa Cecilia Granite:

Granite Countertops 

Here are examples of granite slabs and stones that do not include movement:

Wheatfield granite
Wheatfield Granite

Baltic Brown
Baltic Brown Granite
Tan Brown

Tan Brown Granite

Here are some granite colors that do have movement:
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Granite Charlotte

 

Granite price varies depending on customer color preference, color of the granite, movement found in the granite, and the price the granite distributor is selling the slab for.

Some slab sizes are larger or smaller than others. This could effect the price of your granite countertops. If you have 50 Sq Ft of countertop space (the average size for an average size kitchen), choosing an exotic color slab that only has 30 sq ft of usable space would result in the need for 2 slabs to be cut for your countertop. Although, more common slabs have around 50 sq ft of usable space, so there is no need for an additional slab. Granite costs and prices can change based upon granite color, which is why most granite install companies charge a per square foot price for each specific granite color.

We offer a package deal. Instead of pricing granite per square foot and then adding on all the additional charges (sink cut out, undermount sink, installation, taxes, disconnect of plumbing, edge treatment, faucet hole cuts, polishing and more) we include everything. We have several colors you can choose from for one specific bottom line price. (For more information on this, call us at 704-721-0001 or 803-328-3737–mention the blog and what area you are calling from for your specific price.)