Granite Countertops Facts, Information, Cost Estimates
Granite Colors and Patterns
Granite for granite countertops usually comes from China, India, or South America in over a hundred different color patterns. Each country has several different color and pattern variations unique to that part of the world. Granite is a dimension stone with naturally occurring variations in color and pattern. These variations, referred to as “movement”, are the source of its natural beauty. Also, keep in mind that the veining in the granite can effect color perception. Sometimes different grains occurring in the same slab will make the slabs appear to be different colors. Mineral concentrations in granite varies somewhat within any given color and pattern, and may produce patches that appear darker or lighter. Look at the example of the beautiful Juparana Bordeaux slab at right. You will see how the pattern and color changes and how different a second slab cut from a different area could be quite different in color and grain. If you need more than one slab to complete your countertops, you should use slabs cut from the same large granite block. Even a single granite slab will have color variations from one end to the other. These variations gives your kitchen countertop or vanity its unique character making it slightly different from any other countertop.
For this reason, we recommend that you take the time to select the slabs for your countertops. You can view all the available colors and patterns over the internet, and select the granite slabs to be used for your countertops, or you may personally visit the warehouse. We will escort you through the granite slab warehouse where you can choose the best granite slab for your countertops. That is the only way to make sure you get exactly what you want. While color options are numerous, it's usually best to choose a specimen that is stocked locally because of the cost difference. If a slab has to be special-ordered, the freight would be prohibitive and the lead-time could be several weeks. In addition, you would have to agree to accept the color and markings sight unseen. To view slabs of granite over the internet, click here.
Granite Countertops Installation
Standard granite countertops usually cost $50-75 per square foot installed, depending on the type of granite selected and the difficulty of installation. Granite Countertop installation and fabrication costs can significantly affect the final price of your new granite countertops. Generally, the more complex the shape of the countertop and particularly the shape of the finished countertop edges, the higher the price will be. Fortunately, a standard polished edge makes an excellent appearance and most customers choose this standard. Occasionally, a customer will want a custom granite countertop edge pattern, possibly to match the edge to detailing on the cabinetry, and this can also be done. (Click here to see available edge designs) Granite countertops are usually polished to a high gloss finish. The price of the granite countertop includes the cost of transportation, making field measurements and templates, cutting, polishing, delivery, and final installation. The total material required is determined by the layout and the amount of waste. The fabricator will try to lay out each job so as to minimize waste yet maximize the natural beauty of the veining and pattern. Keep in mind that sink, cook top or waste from curved cutouts are counted in the square footage cost. Click here for an estimate worksheet.
On new construction, the base cabinets must be permanently anchored in place before a template can be made. On a remodel project, existing tops may be removed prior to measurement. Any sinks, faucets, cook tops, or any other item that requires a cutout or a hole in the top must be on site and readily available at the time the template is made. The fabricator may need to take some items with him to complete the fabrication.
Please note that any delay in acquiring the accessories may also delay the installation, the countertop installer will not normally be responsible for connecting of dishwashers, cook tops, or plumbing, and no changes can be made once the installer takes his measurements and makes the template. All cuts are final; it is impossible to reattach a piece of granite that has been cut from the slab. Additionally, once the granite is glued in place on the cabinets, moving it is very difficult and risks damaging the cabinets.
Calculating the Approximate Cost of Your Countertops
Below you will find a link to a diagram representing a kitchen countertop area to give you a visual idea of how to measure and calculate the square footage to get an estimated area of your countertops. Your application may be somewhat different but you will be able to relate it to your kitchen countertops or bath vanities. The main idea is to understand the standard depth of the countertops is 26”, plus the back splash, and to know that cutouts like a sink or a rounded bar top will be included in the cost. If you have these measurements, you can figure the approximate square feet of granite it will take for your project. Granite prices are quoted by the square foot and each color or pattern will vary in price. The more figure in the granite and the harder it is to find, the more it costs. Installed prices should run $50-75 per square foot. Click here to print a copy of the diagram.
After you calculate the square feet of countertop space, and select a color we can give you the cost per square foot of the selected granite and you will have an approximate cost for the installation. Remember, this is just an estimate and an installer will come to your home to calculate the exact square footage before he begins work. Taller splashes, fancy edges or special cuts will make the cost greater.
Accent Granite Interiors, LLC is a granite countertop contractor specializing in the fabrication and installation of granite and marble kitchen countertops and bath vanities in both home and business applications. We serve Northern Georgia, Western South Carolina, in and around Atlanta, Athens, Augusta, and Greenville. We are also dealer for Blanco Stainless Sinks, Mind’s Eye Sinks, TENAX and Lustro Italiano Stone Care Products. Accent` your home with beautiful granite countertops!
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Accent Granite Interiors, LLC
1294 Athens Hwy
Elberton, Georgia 30635