New countertops are a great way to freshen up your space and increase the value of your home; however, they can require a significant investment. If you’re starting to collect quotes for a countertop reno read on to learn about a few of the factors that will go into determining the price of your new countertop.
Size & Shape
Naturally, the bigger the countertop, the more it’s going to cost. When shopping for a natural stone countertop, you’ll often be charged for the entire slab (even if you don’t end up using it all). Make sure you talk with your supplier, as they’ll be able to measure your area properly and minimize waste.
The countertop material you choose will play a huge role in the overall cost. It should come as no surprise that a slab of granite with semiprecious stones in it is going to cost more than laminate. It’s important when looking at the different options to consider what you need and want from your countertop. Some materials will require more maintenance, while others may not give you the look you’re after. When looking at natural stone specifically, the color, country of origin and availability will factor greatly into how much your piece of stone will cost.
The installation method required will also affect your overall price due to labor costs. Some countertops come as a slab for installation, while other materials need to be put together on-site. Granite comes in a giant, ready to install slab. This keeps install time to a minimum, but because of its size, it requires a more intensive (and expensive) transport process. Tile is affordable and easy to transport, but it requires a professional to place it, so more of your cost will go towards the installation.
The little extras can often make a large difference in your overall cost. Some of the add-ons you should consider placing in your budget include:
- Complexity (e.g. sink cut-outs or other custom cuts)
- Custom edging
- Custom finishes (e.g. high gloss)
Ready for a New Countertop?
If you’re in the market for a new stone countertop, contact the team at Stoneworks Granite & Quartz. We’re happy to answer any questions, and will make sure you end up with a countertop that fits the look and needs of your home.