There is one question that is often asked, and that is how much would granite worktops cost?
This is indeed a tricky question to answer. It’s almost as delicate as “How much does a car cost?”
Cars, just like granite, come in hundreds of makes, each with a wide range of models and various optional accessories. It’s the same with stone kitchen worktops. Sure, a kitchen worktop is not a car, but this is the closest comparison I can think of. I’ll say for starters that the material makes up about 50% of the price of the end product.
One thing can be well noted, and that is, “If you’re searching for square metre prices of stone surfaces on the internet, multiply the price by two.” The other half will be the cost of the finishing, measuring and installation services.
Consequently, it’s not the best idea to order a worktop according to the square metre price! We recommend getting quotations from different manufacturers and include the cost of the finishing. That is the best way to go when you are going to buy a worktop for your kitchen.
The price of stone materials depends on the properties of the stone, its origin, production technology and related costs. As has been mentioned above, the price of the stone material is a significant price component. Stone worktops vary in terms of their properties and origin (natural vs. artificial), and the resources and energy it takes to prepare the worktop.
Average prices of Granite Worktops
The price per square metre for granite worktops is on average £270, although high-end granites may cost as much as £450 per square metre.
Comparing some of the worktops
Ceramic worktops would be the most expensive, followed by quartz and marble. The cheapest option would be a granite worktop, but you should keep in mind something significant, that this is an average calculation and there are always exceptions.
The price of a stone worktop largely depends on its thickness and size.
Another essential price component is the dimensions of the material. This aspect is relatively simple. The larger the area and the thicker the piece, the higher the price of the worktop.
Diapol sells stone materials of 12, 20 and 30 mm, and the thickness plays a major role in the price of the worktop. Thicker always costs more; it is the rule.
Why choose a thicker material if it’s more expensive?
Above all, it can be an advantage to choose a thicker material, since there are places where the thinner worktops should not be installed. If a worktop extends over the edge of the supporting structure by just 30 cm, it may break when something heavy is put on it. Corners are especially sensitive places, as they are usually not supported. We highly recommend that your worktop is supported. It is an important thing to follow when going for worktops.
Finishing stone materials may cost more
At first glance, the finishing of a component seems inexpensive in itself. If you add all the pieces, however, it may bring the price up quite a bit. This includes things like openings for a sink, sockets and taps, and profiles. Finishing the openings in a worktop means cutting openings into the stone worktop– for a stove, sink or taps.
It is important to note that when figuring out how much a granite worktop would cost, that we make sure that the openings are cut using automatic CNC machine tools. Such tools are fairly expensive to maintain, and this is reflected in the price.
Stove and sink openings can be cut using various methods, each with a different price. Also, a stove can be installed in two ways: over mounted and flush-mounted.
A sink can be installed in as many as four different ways ‒ under-mounted, under-up mounted, over mounted and flush-mounted. Each cut has its price. The average cost of cutting a stove or sink opening is up to £180, and each tap opening may cost up to £65, depending on the diameter of the tap. A socket opening can cost up to £80.
The last price component is measuring and installation.
These services may add 25–50% to the price of the worktop. The percentage is smaller for more extensive and more expensive worktops.
The price of measuring and installation depends on the location and the specific work required. It has happened that a worktop was too large to be carried to the fifth floor and had to be lifted using a crane, and this costs extra.
Material + finishing + measuring and installation = the final price
That above calculation is the way how you can determine how much would the granite worktop cost.