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Granite countertops are durable surfaces for kitchens and bathrooms that can be installed in a home or business with the help of a handyman or contractor. Typically, granite comes in a wide range of hues—from white and gray to pink, red, black and blue. Granite countertops are a popular home choice, especially in kitchens, because of their durability and classic elegance. Although not cheap, when properly sealed and maintained, granite countertops are scratch-resistant, stain-resistant and heat-resistant. They also add value to a home for future resales. Several factors affect the cost of installing granite countertops in a home or business.

Total cost per square foot

Some contractors charge by the square foot, with pricing that includes the cost of the granite, the cost of labor, and any additional materials and fees. Homeowners can choose to purchase the granite separately from the installer and pay a professional to install the countertops. In this case, the cost per square foot would be just for installation. This price depends on regional labor rates, area cost of living and the installer’s business overhead. Nathan Laurenson of Renovations Your Way in Slidell, Louisiana, says that the cost of the granite itself can vary greatly, depending on the thickness of the stone and its particular colorations. Other factors that affect the cost per square foot are the type of edge on the countertop and the type of finish. Here are some examples of costs per square foot:

Renovations Your Way

  • Installation of granite countertops: $32–$42 per square foot

    • Granite slab not included

    • The most recent granite countertop installation completed by Renovations Your Way was $36 per square foot for labor and nongranite materials.

    • Demolition work to remove an old countertop (for a remodel as opposed to a new home construction) costs extra for labor.

First Place Finishes in Aurora, Colorado

  • Granite slab and installation: $45–$200 per square foot

    • Exact price greatly depends on the quality, thickness, color and source of the granite.

      • In comparison, the installation of quartz countertops (including quartz, materials and labor) can range from $40–$135 per square foot, according to 221 Construction in Kearney, Missouri.

Finishes

Different countertop finishes have different prices, depending on the time, technique and products required to create the look. A polished finish—that high-gloss surface look—is popular in kitchens because it is sleek and clean. A honed finish is also smooth and sleek but with a matte look that is not glossy. Thermal finishes use heat to create texture on the granite surface, and antique finishes create a weathered appearance through tumbling the granite with stone. Regardless of the finish, it should be sealed to give it a long-lasting, heat-resistant, tough-as-nails exterior. Sealing granite countertops costs anywhere from 50 cents to $2 per square foot, depending on the company and the products used.

Edges

The shape of granite countertop edges can be modified to fit a particular aesthetic, and this task affects the overall cost of granite countertop installation. Standard edges include bevel, bullnose and straight, all of which are typically provided without an upcharge. Upgraded edges such as ogee, DuPont and chiseled often have a higher per square foot cost because they require more skilled labor and time.

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