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Granite Countertops Price

Whether you should install slab or tile granite countertops depends on your project, your budget and what you're looking to accomplish. You can purchase slab granite countertops for $40 to $60 per square foot, while you can get granite tile for $5 to $15 per square foot. On average, homeowners spend $2,000 to $4,500 on installation and materials to install a granite countertop.

Granite countertops were up-and-coming a decade ago, but they continue to be one of the most popular choices for kitchens and bathrooms today. Homeowners considering this material will have a wide variety of colors, patterns and designs to choose from. You can even get low-cost options without compromising on look and quality.

Knowing the facts before you buy will help you make the right choice -- one that will last for years to come. And when you hire a countertop professional, you can be sure that they will apply the material correctly and beautifully. Here are some of the factors to consider as you research your options:

On This Page:

  1. Granite Prices Per Square Foot
  2. Average Costs by Color, Design & Pattern
  3. Granite Slab vs. Tile Overlay Cost Calculator
  4. Cost to Install Granite Countertops in the Kitchen
  5. Estimator by Use
  6. Comparing Granite Countertops to Other Stone Options
  7. FAQs
  8. DIY vs. Hiring a Pro Near You

Granite Prices Per Square Foot

Slabs average $40 to $60 per square foot and tiles average $5 to $15 per square foot. This material is naturally unique and adds value to any home. It offers other benefits as well, including:

  • Various color and pattern options
  • Heat, scratch, dent and chemical resistance
  • Durability

This natural stone was expensive when it first came onto the market, but it has become more affordable in recent years. In fact, the average spend on any countertop installation is around $3,000, and granite installations average $3,100. You can even add bevel, radius and square edging for a reasonable price. Some downsides are that it is cold, scratch-able and prone to damage from hot grease and repeated cutting over time. Additionally, it is easy to see its seams.

Understanding Levels & Prices

This natural stone comes in levels that range from 1 to 7, though most options only reach 5. These levels indicate how simple and basic or intricate and unique the coloration and design of the material is. Standard colors with almost no patterns will be lower grade. The more distinct the stone is, the higher its level and price. The lower grade options also contain more soft minerals, which make them less durable than higher grades.

Levels of Granite Pricing
LevelPer Square Foot
1$40-$50
2$50-$60
3$55-$65
4$65-$75
5$75-$100

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Average Costs by Color, Design & Pattern

If you want to personalize your material for the kitchen or bath, there are various options to choose from. These include:

  • Colors: white, black, blue, red and gold
  • Patterns: solid, marbled and speckled
  • Finishes: honed, leathered or glossy

Marbled pattern transitions color and texture so it looks similar to real marble. Speckled pattern provides a great accent to cabinets and appliances. Honed styles have a matte finish, so the product can look like other materials. You also have options like edging, tiling and backsplashes -- various ways to customize your project to meet your needs and design preferences. The more complicated your design, the more expensive it will be. Since this is a tough material, a special design requires equipment and care that increases the price charged by the professional. Some colors and patterns are only available in imported stone, which can increase the price. You might have to compromise on what kind you want to save money in the end.

White Granite, Black Granite and Other Popular Colors

There are colors that are more abundant and easily available, which makes them less expensive, and some that are harder to come by, making them more expensive. Some are even harder or softer, making them easier or harder to cut, also affecting the overall price.

Granite Colors & Costs
ColorPer Square FootDescriptionExamples
White Granite$40-$60
  • Wide range of design options.
  • Abundant
  • Easy to cut
  • Many low-cost options
  • Bianco Romano-$45
  • River White-$45
  • Snow Fall-$60
Black$20-$70
  • Wide range of design options
  • Abundant and accessible
  • Black Galaxy-$40-$50
  • Premium Black-$40-$50
  • Nordic Black-$70
Red$65+
  • Rare and exotic
  • Harder and more expensive to fabricate
  • Bordeaux-$55
  • Red Dragon-$65
Gold$40-$75
  • Typically available as level 2 or above
  • Colonial Gold-$40
  • Venetian Gold-$40
  • Niagara Gold-$70-$75
Green$25-$50
  • One of the lowest-priced options
  • Also available in expensive exotic options
  • Cactus-$35
  • Peacock Green-$40
  • Verde Fantastico-$80
Steel Gray$35-$60
  • One of the most abundant colors available
  • Softer and easier to cut
Other Greys:
  • Gray Mist-$35
  • Silver Cloud-$45
  • Silver Waves-$45
Blue Louise$70-$100+
  • Very exotic
  • Very expensive
  • Has a complex quarrying process
Other Blues:
  • Blue Eyes-$45
  • Spectrus-$70
  • Blue Bahia-$120

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Texture

Granite Texture Estimator
TexturePriceProsCons
LeatheredExpensive
  • Rustic look
  • Natural texture
  • Can be rough or smooth
  • Brings out natural coloring
  • Won’t stain easily, as process tightens pores
  • More expensive
  • Not widely available
  • May need to special order
  • Scratches easily
  • Difficult to clean
HonedModerate
  • Natural look
  • Not as reflective as polished
  • Old world, matted finish
  • Natural color may appear dull
  • High maintenance
  • Difficult to clean
  • Stains easily because it’s porous
  • Must reseal regularly
  • Imperfections are more apparent
Glossy (Polished)Standard
  • Lowest price
  • Widely available
  • Easy maintenance
  • Tight pores
  • Doesn’t require frequent sealing
  • Highly reflective

Type

Costs by Granite Type
TypePer Square FootDescription
Granite Remnant$10-$35
  • Leftover material from granite cuts.
  • Less expensive than uncut.
  • Comes in a variety of sizes.
  • Most are less than 42 inches long.
Solarius$70-$90
  • Quarried in Brazil.
  • Yellow and gold with dark patches throughout.
  • Doesn’t feature much variation.
  • Not widely available, which makes for a higher rate.
Titanium$75+
  • Quarried in Brazil.
  • Predominantly black base with swirls of gray, gold and ivory.
  • Has excellent “movement” in its designs.
  • Level of detail qualifies it as a level 4 and above.
Veneer$60-$80
  • Also known as a granite overlay.
  • Used over existing counters.
  • Has a quarter-inch thickness.
  • Eliminates the need for demolition.
  • Not as heat-resistant as slab.

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Granite Slab vs. Tile Overlay

Granite countertops come in three formats: slab, tile and modular. The type best suited for your project will depend on the square footage you need to cover, the number of seams you're willing to show and the amount of money you're willing to invest.

Granite Slab vs. Tile vs. Modular Costs
FormatPer Square FootSample* CountertopDescription
Slab$40-$60$500-$800
  • Cover a large amount of counter space.
  • Show fewer seams
  • Largest size available is seven feet long.
  • Very heavy.
  • Not a DIY project.
Tile$5-$15$75-$200
  • Will make your house more appealing for resale without costing thousands of dollars.
  • Does not require removing the old surface.
  • Will have a lot of seams requiring grout in between.
Modular$25-$40$300-$500
  • Also known as "mini-slabs."
  • Produces fewer seams because pieces are larger than tiles but smaller than traditional slabs.
  • Potentially a DIY job (requires 2 people).
  • Heavy

*Sample Material Size: Kitchen surfaces are typically around 24” deep. Also, with this product, you must accommodate for 1 ½ inch extra for overhang. For this example, we calculated based on a surface measuring 6 feet long by 2 feet deep (which would convert to around 6 linear feet). This would call for 12.75 square feet of stone.

Granite Calculator

As mentioned in the above sample, there are a few things to consider when calculating how much material you need. Kitchen counter depth tends to be 24 inches, or two feet. However, you must account for 1 ½ extra inches in depth to accommodate the granite overhang—or edge. You could use the following formula to calculate your needs:

[(Depth in inches + 1 ½ inches) x length in inches] ÷ 144 = Square Footage Needed

Example (from above): (25.5 inches x 72 inches) ÷ 144 = 12.75 Square Feet

It is best to have a professional perform your measurements to ensure you get the appropriate amount of materials.

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Where to Buy Cheap Granite

When considering where to buy your materials, it's important to note that home improvement stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot offer a limited supply. Local fabricators and contractors have access to a wider variety of options and may charge less for natural stone products in bulk than a retail outlet. In fact, when you buy from Home Depot or Lowe’s, both your material and labor are likely to be more expensive because these companies outsource fabrication and labor.

Here are three reasons to go with a fabricator instead of a local home improvement store:

  1. Choices: Home improvement stores have a maximum of about 30 styles of granite. These are considered commodity choices because they're uniform. Local fabricators, on the other hand, have access to hundreds of unique options.
  2. Installation: Local stores don't personally install the product; they outsource it to a third party. This leads to confusion and hassle if something goes wrong. If you go with a local fabricator who has a contractor on-hand, you'll have no problem handling any issues that come up.
  3. Layout: Local suppliers often take the time to personally lay out and pattern the product to your specifications. A big-box store usually just goes with a pattern.

The best way to get the lowest prices is to shop around. Check prices across multiple suppliers, find out about specials and talk to professionals and fabricators about your options. There are homeowners who have been able to cut their material expenses by as much as 30% by doing their research and weighing their options.

Pros & Cons

Slab:

  • Better for kitchens with a modern, contemporary look or small kitchens with a simple layout.
  • Requires professional care and labor because of the weight.
  • Usually takes about a day to put it in
  • Will also require re-sealing on occasion, but it will not require maintenance on a regular basis.
  • Easier to clean, which makes it better for kitchen function

Tiles:

  • Involves laying the materials in a specific way, adding the grout in between and allowing the grout to dry for several hours.
  • Best for complicated counter layouts and difficult spaces.
  • Can be a good DIY project to save money on your remodel.
  • May look low-quality in upscale kitchens.
  • Must have a hidden countertop underneath.
  • Grout must be sealed apart from the stone, match it exactly, resealed on a regular basis and regularly scrubbed to remove food.

Most homeowners choose slab styles, unless they're looking for a quick solution. These styles last longer, are easier to put in and come with less maintenance. While they're less expensive, tiles could be more expensive in the long run.

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Cost to Install Granite Countertops in the Kitchen

Once you've chosen the material and format for your kitchen or bath counter space, it's time to start the installation. Some of the additional charges involved in this process include:

Granite Countertop Installation Costs
FactorCost
Labor$400-$1,000
Edging$200-$300
Sink Cut-Out$100
Materials (excluding granite)$100-$200
Granite$1,200-$2,400
Estimated Total$2,000-$4,000

The total cost of installation, between $2,000 and $4,000, includes such details as edging and fabricating the stone. It may include a backsplash and cutouts for your sink or bar area. It depends on your professional, so be sure you ask when you’re getting a quote. If the product is a slab, it will take anywhere from one to two days. If it is tile, it could take up to a day depending on dry time.

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Cost to Replace or Remove Granite Countertops

On average, the portion of installation that goes to removal and disposal is $100 to $200. This is relatively the same from one counter material to another. The price fluctuates according to the length of labor time more than it does according to the counter type.

If you’re looking to save a few hundred dollars and do this yourself, you could end up ruining your cabinets in the process. Cabinets are frequently damaged when homeowners pull the counters themselves. If you are replacing an existing surface, whether it is currently granite or another material, factor in as little as $50 and as much as $300 for removal and disposal.

General Steps for Professional Installation

  1. Remove and disconnect all appliances connected to the surface.
  2. Remove the screws connecting the old countertop.
  3. Use a crowbar to lift the old material off the base cabinetry.
  4. The professionals will take measurements of the area to cut the product or figure out how many tiles they need.
  5. The professionals will cut out the stone, if it's slab, using a diamond-blade saw. Then he will polish and edge the stone. With tiles, he will create a "hidden countertop" to lay over the base cabinets.
  6. The team will place the stone or the hidden surface over the base cabinets. They will then level it and hold it in place.
  7. If the project deals with tile, the team will use grout and apply the materials. They will then leave it to dry.
  8. The professionals will apply sealants and fillers to complete either format.

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Estimator by Use

Average Costs for Granite Surfaces by Use
TypeAverage SizeMaterialsLabor Charge*
Small Kitchen Counter24”x72”$500-$800$250-$550
Average Sized Counter24”x180”$1,200-$1,800$600-$1,500
Small Kitchen Island40”x40”$400-$700$250-$500
Average Island36”x78”$800-$1,200$400-$900
Small Bathroom Vanity Top22”x30”$200-$300$100-$200
Large Vanity Top22”x72”$450-$700$250-$500
Bar Top16”x36”$150-$250$150-$250
Table36”x48”$500-$750$250-$550
Bathroom Flooring (Tile)60”x96”$200-$600$350-$650
Kitchen Flooring (Tile)120”x120”$500-$1,500$800-$1,600

*Labor includes delivery, fabrication and debris disposal at a rate of about $20 to $45 per square foot for slabs and $10 to $20 per square foot for tile flooring.

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Comparing Granite Countertops to Other Stone Options

If you're comparing granite with other natural stone options, consider the following:

    Silestone, Corian and quartz offer fewer color and pattern optionsSilestone and quartz countertops are more expensive to installCorian is easily scratched, dented and damaged by pansOther natural stones can be installed without seams
Cost of Granite vs. Quartz, Marble & more
MaterialAverage Per Square FootMaterial + InstallationAvg. Total Cost
Granite$40-$60$3,100$2,000-$4,500
Quartz$50-$100$2,500$1,000-$4,000
Marble$40-$100$3,000$1,000-$10,000
Silestone Quartz$50-$100$3,500$1,500-$5,000
Corian$40-$70$3,500$2,000-$5,000
Soapstone$70-$120$3,500$2,700-$4,200
Slate$50-$100$2,500$2,300-$3,000
Caesarstone$20-$25$1,250$1,000-$2,500

Granite is rated the best because it is less expensive and easier to repair than other natural stone varieties. Restoring and repairing countertops costs $200 to $500, and repairing granite could cost as little as $200 and as much as $1,200. In the end, it comes down to what you want in terms of function, and how much you're willing to spend. Consult with a countertop contractor if you'd like to learn more about how these natural stones measure up to one another. To weigh one option versus another, see our Quartz vs. Granite comparison guide and Marble vs. Granite comparison guide.

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FAQs

How Much Do Granite Transformations Cost Per Square Foot?

Granite Transformations are typically $60 to $80 per square foot. With labor, you might pay closer to $100 to $130 per square foot. These are engineered granite slabs that are cut and measured to fit over existing counters. They save homeowners the expense of removing the existing counter, and the product is supposed to be more durable than regular granite. Putting it in is a quick and low-mess process. The product is sealed with their ForeverSeal product and comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. They must be measured and put in by a company trained in handling them.

Why is Granite So Expensive?

Truly, this natural stone has gotten much less expensive than it was a decade ago. Still, the price is determined by several factors, including:

    Difficulty of quarrying and extracting the material.Difficulty of cutting and fabricating. For example, red and brown granite are harder in nature, making the cutting process more difficult.Availability and demand.

What is the Most Inexpensive Type of Granite for a Countertop?

The lowest-price options will come in remnant form or will be standard, level one materials.

What is the Most Expensive Type of Granite?

Blue granite, such as the Blue Louise, is one of the most expensive types. It has a complex quarrying process and is very rare—known as super exotic. Super exotics are the most expensive and most intricate options.

How Much Does It Cost to Cut Granite?

On average, it is $300 to $500 to cut the stone and polish the edge. Your rate will depend on your area, how soft or hard the stone is and the type of edge you want.

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DIY vs. Hiring a Pro Near You

Do not attempt to install a granite slab as a DIY project. The product is extremely heavy, and you could injure yourself and damage the stone if you mishandle it. The slab could buckle if it is not stored in the proper position.

Granite tile work, much like with other natural stone tile work, is a little more DIY-friendly. However, there are a lot of ways that the job can go wrong without the proper experience with tools, grout and setting materials with mortar. Your surface could turn out uneven—not a good state for a kitchen surface.

If you DIY this project, it could cost $600 to $2,400 for the stone, materials and tools, $600 for tile and $2,400 for slabs. This is versus the $2,000 to $4,500 range for professional work, the stone and materials.

How to Get the Best Price on Your Granite Kitchen Countertops

The best way to get the right prices on your products and services is to do your research and keep up with the process. Work with your professional to shop around, see if the same granite is available at a lower cost in another area and look at comparable designs that might come at a lower cost. Working with a pro, you may be able to get lower prices than if you purchased on your own.

Getting a Quote from a Countertop Fabricator

When the time comes to find a fabricator or installer, get your measurements to ensure you’re getting the most accurate quotes. Then, get multiple quotes from pros in your area and check into their reputation. Read reviews and testimonials from previous customers.

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