In General How Much Does The Average Stone Countertop Cost?
The price of stone countertops can vary drastically with the two major factors impacting price: size of the project (square footage) and the stone selection. While edge profile, slab finish, and number of cutouts also factor into the price, they have a minimal impact–generally less than 10 – 15% of the overall project cost.
Stone Countertop Cost
Stone countertops cost on average $55 – $150+ per square foot installed but can go as low as $50 per square foot or as high as $250+ per square foot, depending on the material selected, grade, and finish. Stone countertops for a typical kitchen cost $2,475 to $6,750 with installation. An average countertop project covers 45 square feet of surface area along with approximately 30 linear feet of finished edge.
What Impacts the Slab Cost
Natural stone cost (Granite, Quartzite, Marble and Soapstone) depends on the slab size, grade, thickness, and color along with the associated pattern. Entry level stone (Class A or 0 depending upon the supplier’s labeling methodology) is the cheapest, with simple designs and abundant availability. Higher level stone slabs (Class B, C… or 1, 2…) cost more due to their unique color patterns and availability; the rarer the stone, the higher the cost.
Quartz (a man-made stone) pricing is driven by the colors and patterns in the stone. The same as natural stone, quartz counter pricing starts with classes A or 0 depending upon the supplier with the solid colors and simple patterns being on the lower classification side and the more detailed veining being classified in higher levels, with correspondingly higher pricing.
General Install Price Range Per Square Foot
Granite $50 – 250+
Quartz $50 – 150+
Quartzite $130 – 350
Marble $80 – $150
Soapstone $100 – $200
The most common finish for stone counters. The polished finish makes the surface glossy. In natural stone this highlights the characteristics of the stone allowing the colors to be more vibrant.
This surface can also be referred to as matte or brushed in quartz, creates a very smooth surface without any gloss or reflection. To create this finish, the regular polish finishing process ends before the stone is buffed to create a flat finish. This is also sometimes called a satin finish. Honed finishes are common in stone floor environments to limit slippage.
The leathered finish is exclusive to natural stone and is often referred to a brushed finish (this can confuse customers as quartz honed finish is sometimes referred to as brushed). This finish is created by taking a honed surface and running diamond-tipped brushes over the surface to add texture.
The standard profile that is included in the price of countertops is the pencil. The balance of the edges require additional time in the fabrication process, thus adding additional cost to the finished project. The additional price is based on the linear foot of profile edge and can cost anywhere from $15 to $100 based on the edge selected.
These generally consist of rectangular (sinks, cooktops, and outlets) and circular (faucets, reverse osmosis dispensers, soap dispensers, garbage disposal buttons, and pop-up outlets) holes that require additional fabrication to complete a successful countertop project. The planning and layout of cutouts required for a countertop project are integral in the smooth flow and delivery timing of the finished project.
With every countertop project being custom, in order for Wise Stone Choice to provide you with accurate pricing, a more detailed understanding of the material selection, the sink and cooking appliance that will be used, the edge profile and the associated faucet configurations will be needed to accurately estimate your project.