Watch out for low countertop prices that seem too good to be true.
While looking for new countertops, you find an amazing deal on granite for $29.99 per square foot.
That sounds super-affordable, and once you measure your current countertops and calculate the square footage, you’ll have the price for installing new countertops, right?
Not so fast, say countertop installers.
Factors that influence countertop price
“Some people charge for an edge and some don’t, depending on what you select,” says Gary Rogers, owner of AGS Stone & Tampa Bay Kitchen and Bath of Tampa, Florida. “Edge selection is going to impact price of the countertop. In our price, we include five standard edge detail options; some companies, each edge has its own price.”
The real countertop installation cost not only includes the price of the material, but also the price for the tear out, modifications, edging and sealing, as well as cutouts for outlets, sinks and plumbing. Depending on the contractor, these costs may or may not be included in the per-square-foot cost of materials.
Price for granite and quartz countertops
Material costs also vary depending on the quality and color. Granite, a natural stone, and quartz, an engineered stone, include two of the most popular countertop types.
Countertop installers say cheap granite could signal the product has blemishes and may crack over time.