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Granite Countertops - Price & Cost Considerations

Most homeowners assume that granite countertops cost a great deal of money but that isn't the case. Some countertops are expensive. But just as there's great variety when it comes to colors and edges, there is a diverse range in price. Now, you might think that low price means low end or low quality but that's not true. Granite is granite, and all that matters is that you find a color and style you that you love at a price that fits your budget.

When it comes to granite countertops, price fluctuates greatly based on your area and the contractor you choose. The Internet, which is revolutionizing business due to globalization, is affecting the countertop industry by normalizing prices throughout the country. The Internet is powerful tool. So don't just rely on local contractors. Leverage the Internet to determine how much granite countertops cost in your area.

Leverage our network of preferred suppliers for your granite countertops

One of the most powerful online tools is a network, such as the one at granitecountertops.net. This network not only ensures that you get the lowest possible granite countertops price, it guarantees that you'll hire a reputable contractor who is going to provide superior workmanship and service. It also guarantees that the contractor is bonded, insured and licensed. What's most impressive about a network like this is that it doesn't cost the homeowner a dime, and the homeowner can use it without obligation.

Now, when we get right down to it, there's no simple answer to the question "How much do granite countertops cost?" A number of factors determine a granite countertop's price. The most influential one is the style itself: natural slab or granite tile. Natural slab is the most expensive option. These are big chunks of granite pulled right from the quarry and then cut to the size of the countertop. The natural beauty of solid slab granite is unparalleled.

Modular granite countertops cost much less, especially when you factor in the versatility. If your kitchen or bathroom has an unusual design, you may require a special cut if you use a natural slab and that can be quite expensive. Modular pieces, on the other hand, are well suited to fit into unusual corners, crannies and nooks, and even if you require a special cut, you'll only require the cut on a piece or two so the added cost is nearly negligible compared to the premium you'd pay with solid granite.

A tile granite countertop's price is even less expensive than a modular one. Tile granite is also the style you'll find at your local Lowes or Home Depot store. However, tile granite installed by a contractor is typically higher grade and much more durable. In either case, the downside to tile is that it has seams, which can ruin the aesthetic quality of a countertop. If you do decide on a tile-based countertop, we suggest still opting for a contractor. Self-installed granite does not last as long and winds up being more expensive over the long term.

If you want to an estimate, the best way to get it is to fill out the short form on granitecountertops.net. The system will return an immediate response with quotes from local contractors. If you want to work out the granite countertop's cost yourself, than you can figure $60 to $120 per square foot. It is possible to get it even as low as $25 but the discount vendors reserve those prices for colors that have very low appeal in the current marketplace.

Note that these granite countertops cost estimates factor in transportation and installation as well, which is why there is such a large range. Often, the closer you live to the quarry, the lower the granite countertop's price will be. Likewise, contractor rates will vary based on the cost of living in the area in which they work. In some cases, you can save money by buying the granite yourself and then hiring the contractor, but this is an unnecessary step if you use a network, such as the one on granitecountertops.net.

Consider how the granite's edge will affect your whole rooms design

Another factor that will have a great effect on the granite countertop's price is the edge. Beveled, bullnose and rounded edges are common and do not add much of a premium to the overall cost. However, in each case there are specialty cuts that do add a premium, which can have a dramatic effect on price, especially when you want that edge for the entire room. One of the most popular vanity cuts is the ogee edge, which homeowners tend to use around the counter island at the center of the room.

Before settling on a price, take a moment to fill out the short, no-risk, no-obligation form at Granite Countertops. Those quotes are good for 30 days and they will give you clear assessment of cost. You can even shop those quotes around to local contractors and vendors, and this way you can be confident that you are paying the lowest price possible for the highest

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