If you were to Google this question you’d likely find a wide range of answers. Most of us have probably seen the advertisement for granite countertops at $19-29 per square foot. Is that really how much it costs to install granite in your kitchen or bathroom?
The quick answer, most likely not. You see, the advertised price is the bait. Companies want to get you in the door hoping that they can make a sales pitch that sounds too good to be true. Then comes the hook. You’ve given a down deposit for the installation of a gorgeous new granite countertop. All’s well, then comes the fine print.
What you really need to know about the advertised price is that in most cases it’s for the material alone. That $19-29 per square foot price doesn’t included the edging, labor, slab thickness, under-mounting your sink, and is likely limited to a small color selection. Did I mention the work that might have to be done to reinforce your cabinetry?
There is more than meets the eye with the advertised price that seems too good to be true. That’s because it is. Let’s run through a scenario that you’d likely experience when dealing with a company who’s advertised their granite counters at that “budget friendly” price.
Granite company advertised their granite at $19 per square foot. Your kitchen has 20 square feet of countertop space. You need to add about an extra 7 square feet for the overhang and backsplash, which they may or may not tell you up front (hopefully they do). Right now it seems like you’re paying $513 for your counters. But then comes to quote for labor, which includes fabrication and installation- that’s going to be two days work at roughly $25 per hour. Now you’re up to $913, still not too bad.
You want an under-mount sink? That’s another $300. “We have to add a seam in order to make the turn from the wall with the sink to the wall with the lazy susan”, cha-ching, another $250. “You wanted the bevelled edging too, right?” There’s another $200-300. If your cabinets aren’t solid wood, your contractor is likely going to suggest building support braces to hold up your granite. This will include drilling into the cabinetry- oh, it will also cost you another $500 in materials and labor.
“Did I mention that Cafe Imperial isn’t going to be a granite that you’ll get for $19 per square foot?” That price was for Uba Tuba. Cafe Imperial would likely cost you $39-49 per square foot.
So where are we at? Oh yeah:
$1,053 Cafe Imperial counters
$400 Labor for 2 days fabrication and installation
$300 Under-mount sink
$250 Bevelled edging
$500 Labor and Materials for bracing cabinetry
+ .07% sales tax
That’s quite a difference from the $513 that you thought you were going to spend. But unfortunately, this has been the experience of many people thinking they were going to purchase granite for $19 per square foot. This scenario would actually make the square foot price out to be $109.10.
If you want to get an accurate square foot price for granite, the best thing to do is to have a designer out to your home to evaluate your kitchen. They should give you the finished price on the spot, no hidden fees or costs. You should be able to select the color, edging, sink placement and every other detail.
Granite is often priced by the demand of the slab color. What’s most popular at the time will also be the most expensive. If you live in a metropolitan area, you can expect to pay a little more. For a job done right and for a granite that’s not Uba Tuba, you can expect to pay more than $19-29 per square foot- once you have every aspect of the job priced out correctly.
Call us today for a free in-home consultation with one our expert designers. We’ll bring the showroom to you and you can be sure that the price we give you is the price you’ll pay when the job is complete. Granite Transformations, real granite, only better!