How much does natural stone cost? This is typically the very first question that homeowners have for us. And we understand. Naturally, you need to know ballpark figures before you get too far in your planning process. Depending on your budget, this is a pretty big deal. So, what, exactly, can you expect to pay for your granite countertop or marble shower?
Marble tub surround and vanity top by LDa Architecture & Interiors; photo via Houzz
The Internet is usually the first place that people go to start investigating. And there’s a lot of information out there. It can be a valuable tool, but it can also be tricky to know which sources are reliable and where to get the most accurate information. It’s also very important to understand that you have to shop for more than just the cheapest price. You want a combination of the best quality material, craftsmanship, and customer service. Choosing the lowest cost you come across can help you save money initially, but it can end up costing you more in the long run if you’re not careful.
The square-foot price of the actual marble or granite itself is important, but you have to be absolutely sure that you are comparing apples to apples. Materials are just one aspect of your project. Don’t forget you also have to pay for fabrication, templating, and installation. Plus, there has to be some room for profit. It is a business, after all.
Here’s a chart that helps break down what you can typically expect to pay for natural stone, on both the lower end and the higher end.
Your material will be approximately 25 to 50 percent of your final price per square foot. Labor makes up a significant portion of your quote, and this is where the specific details (like edge profiles, polishing, sink cutouts, backsplash, and waste) are calculated. Installation (the process that begins with the template and ends with the final details) is another considerable portion of the overall cost. When it comes to profit, think of it this way…profits not only mean a company “makes” money but it also helps to ensure quality labor as well as a safe workplace and practices—all of which mean that they’re likely to treat your project with respect.
Knowing how your money is being spent from start to finish provides peace of mind, making you feel more comfortable about your investment. Remember that, above all, you want quality materials and experienced craftsmanship to be the foundation of your project. Paying a premium to ensure you have all of this is worth it over a scenario that cuts corners, costing you more down the road.
Want to talk specific dollars and cents? You can start out by viewing prices of our entire inventory on our website. Then visit one of our two showroom locations or call 877-39 STONE to speak to any of our experienced team of stone professionals.