So you’ve decided to start a kitchen remodeling project or get new countertops in the bathroom and have had a few companies provide you quotes. You’ve spoken with a few natural stone fabricators and now you’re trying to make the best selection for your home and budget but are confused as to why some granite costs around $40 a square foot and other granite costs over $200 a square foot. There are many factors that can contribute to the wide cost variations.
What Contributes to the Cost of a Granite Slab?
- Rarity – Some patterns and colors of granite are relatively common and are available from several different mines throughout a country while others are not. The more available a slab pattern is, the less expensive it generally is.
- Country of Origin – There are a few factors that contribute to the cost from the country of origin. Cost of doing business in a country can greatly influence the cost of a granite slab. Additionally how far the slab needs to be shipped can add to the cost.
- Grade – The grade of the granite means how high a quality the granite is which includes hardness and durability. Additionally the size of the slab can contribute to the grade (smaller starting pieces are generally less expensive and graded lower than larger ones).
But Two Competitors Gave me a Different Price on What Looks Like The Same Granite, Why?
A few factors can contribute to differences in pricing. First, every granite fabricator has different inventory and different costs. Some also carry different levels of granite meaning a base level at one company may be a mid-level granite elsewhere. Another difference may be whether the square foot cost includes installation, finishing or sealing, cutting and edges. Some natural stone fabricators have different levels of finishing or sealing and edging options and costs.
The takeaway here is to be sure you’re comparing apples to apples when you’re looking at your kitchen remodeling quotes side by side. It’s always good to check the testimonials or references of the contractors you are looking to work with to make sure that no one feels that the quote they received differed from the actual cost of the job. The team at Modich Stoneworks encourage you to look at what our customers are saying – http://www.modlichstoneworks.com/testimonials/ and ask questions about your quote. If you don’t yet have a quote from us for your bathroom or kitchen remodeling project in Columbus, visit our showroom at 2255 Harper Road or call us at 614-859-6596.