Granite Prices: Why Do These Vary So Drastically?

November 14, 2013

Just like any other product sold, it’s all about supply and demand. Basically, the more rare a style of granite is, and the more “desirable” it’s deemed to be, the higher its price.

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Using the Tools Properly When Pricing Granite Countertops

June 06, 2013
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Thanks to the transparency of the cost of stone that Marble and Granite, Inc. has provided you, the power to budget properly for your project is in your hands. You won't be subject to hours of looking at stone samples only to learn that your choice is beyond your means. You may find products you have not previously considered that could reduce the cost considerably. But one other important aspect of the budget remains and that is the cost of installation. When you remove the cost of materials from the equation, you can now accurately compare bids from different fabricators.

As you receive bids, you may find a wide gap between them. Be careful not to assume that the service is identical.There are many factors that contribute to the cost of labor and you should know exactly what you are buying. There are a number of questions you will want to ask before you make a decision.

When you seek a bid from an installer, there are general questions you should address such as whether he is a licensed contractor in good standing with your State Board of Contractors. You will want to make sure he is fully insured and that he has experience with stone installation. Here is a checklist of issues specific to stone installation you should address:
  • Are you paying for the entire slab of stone or just that portion used for your job?
  • Will all the pieces used come from the same lot or will remnants of the same color from other jobs be included?
  • If the stone is broken or damaged during installation, will the contractor pay for the replacement?
  • Is he certified to cut Caesarstone?
  • Is there a price difference in fabrication of marble versus granite?
  • Will there be seams in the counters or backsplash? Where are they?
  • Will the stone be sealed and if so, what sealer?
  • Is there an additional charge for sink cut outs?
  • Is the installation warranted against seam separation or sink failure?
  • How is the dishwasher handled?
  • What is the lead time from template to installation date?
When you compare the costs that contribute to the bids, you will see that pricing granite countertops is more complex than you may have thought. But now that you can see the costs, you can determine what elements are of the most value to you. You certainly don't want to pay for damages should they occur, so the insured contractor may have the most reasonable bid, even if his price is a little higher than the uninsured.

Marble and Granite, Inc. is happy to provide you with a list of fabricators in your area. This list is carefully compiled from the top fabricators in the industry to help you find the best installers when you are pricing granite countertops.
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Why Online Pricing For Granite Countertops?

May 21, 2013
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Choose 2 out of 3 when choosing granite countertops: Price, Quality, Service

March 07, 2013

Everyone knows there is some correlation between the cost of something, its quality and service; ie: the time of delivery; generally, the higher the cost, higher quality is inferred and the quicker the installation. Sometimes it doesn't matter - if the difference is less than a dollar between two similar products. Or quality, perhaps - if you are going to use it only once, say a plastic fork. But when it comes to a renovation in your house, all of these - cost, quality and service - play a major role in your decision making for what type of materials and which fabricator you plan to hire when pricing granite countertops.

If you skimp on the price of installation, you may end up with really poor craftsmanship, and not even the best product would hold up to that. The lowest price in a fabricator could mean the installation may take a very long time, causing your renovation to be that much more inconvenient, especially if it is in your living space. Or, perhaps the installation could be shoddy, with unsightly seams or shortcuts taken, degrading the overall appearance. It is best to shy away from the folks who give the very lowest bid when pricing granite countertops, even though they are initially very tempting. You may be unhappy with the final result. Feel free to visit our blog for ideas and more tips.

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Pricing Granite Countertops, Caesarstone or any stone..

October 24, 2012
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Pricing Granite Countertops

July 11, 2012

If you are planning a kitchen makeover, or even just considering it, one of your first priorities will be the budget. Your design, layout and selection of materials will almost always be dependent on the cost. Perhaps you are considering a granite countertop, but you’re afraid it won’t fit your budget.
At Marble and Granite Inc. our website offers a wealth of information to help you find the right product for your budget. Our selection of top quality natural stone products is sure to have a product to fit your design at an affordable price, often very competitive with other conventional – and less attractive – products.
When it comes to the budget, our website will take you through the process step-by-step. We provide a detailed project cost breakdown which explains every aspect of the pricing of your project – material, fabrication, installation and profit.
You can browse our complete line of products and see detailed pricing information for each one. Our entire inventory is divided into four budget groups in order to assist you make the best choice for your project.
  • The first group consists of budget conscious granite. These particular pieces are readily available and easily processed which enables us to keep the cost very low.
  • The second group is made up of reasonably priced granites. The material in this group is still widely available but involves more difficulty in processing.
  • The third group of granite slabs includes exclusive stones much less common than the first two groups. Along with reduced availability, the slabs in this group require more complex processing.
  • The final group is a very select group of precious stones. These pieces are available in a very limited quantity and the processing involved is extremely difficult.
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