Right now granite is at the low end of all stone countertop materials. With prices starting at $31.99 per square foot, granite is even more affordable than many types of wood. Not only are granite countertops extremely durable, scratch & heat resistant, they also Increase home value.
Granite is a type of intrusive, felsic, igneous rock. It’s physical composition is between 60% -70% as hard as diamond and its melting temperature is between 1215 - 1260 °C making it virtually impossible to burn, scratch, chip or shatter. These qualities also make it extremely hygienic & easy to clean.
It’s important to understand a few things to make sure you’re getting the best quality and price for your investment in a granite countertop.
The answer is primarily in, if the square foot cost includes installation of your counters. It’s good to know up front if installation is included in the square foot price or not. If you prefer to shop carefully, knowing to ask this question will most likely save you a lot of money.
Cost per square foot for granite can vary from one type of granite to another depending on where the slab of granite originally came from. While more exotic slabs can come from locations all around the world, others equally as pleasing to the eye are available at a much lower cost.
The type of sealant your counters have is important. The harder the sealant, the better you counters’ finish will be. It also deepens and enhances color. A properly sealed granite countertop will appear as beautiful as the day it was installed 100 years later.
In some cases sealant is included in installation when specials are run, so it’s a good idea to ask if the option is currently available when you’re comparison shopping.
The edges of granite countertops can be very simple, yet still eloquent as a “Straight Edge” or can be as indicate & detailed as a “Waterfall Edge” illustrated below.
There are many choices for shape, look and feel available. Occasionally a number of edges are included in insulation. Asking if any edges are included and if so, what kind is a great question to ask at the bargaining table.
While marble & quartz can be appealing to the eye the real questions are, "Do they look better, cost more and are they equally as high quality as granite?"
When it comes to the actual quality of material, there is simply no comparison. Marble has a lower melting temperate and is not as hard as granite. Quartz on average costs roughly 30% more than granite. Marble is chemical sensitive requiring special cleaners, scratches easily and costs up to three times the price of granite.
Granite rivals or surpasses both marble, quartz in appearance and costs significantly less than both.
On average, a granite countertop is worth between two through three times what it originally cost to install. In comparison to laminate or wood counters that wear out in less than 20 years of use and decrease in value, granite countertops do not wear out, or need to be replaced.
Over the long term, granite countertops are much less expensive than many other countertops when factoring in inflation. Who knows what a wood countertop will cost when they need to be replaced twenty years from now?
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