Buying Granite Slabs For Less
A homeowner who has always dreamt of having granite countertops but never got round to it because they feared that it was too expensive now have another chance of using the material for their kitchens.
Although granite slabs are still very expensive there are now some manufacturers who sell the material for far less. While the regular price for a square foot of granite is $ 60, there are some manufacturers who are willing to sell the material for $ 38 a square foot.
Of course, home owners should be aware of the fact that the quality of granite slabs available at a lower price is not the best. Granite manufacturers usually price granite according to its quality and color. There are usually three tiers of granite with the best pieces of granite , the one with the fewest dots and faults, selling for the highest price.
Another way to get granite slabs for less is to buy the stone from a whole sale dealer. Several wholesale dealers offer discounts on granite slabs.
Granite countertops are perfect for all kitchens. They are high performance surfaces that come in a variety of warm colors and palettes. Black granite tiles are the most popular choice for kitchen countertops. These kitchen countertops add a lot of charm to the home.
The high cost of granite slabs is not the cost of the stone itself but the cost of labor involved in quarrying the stone. The majority of the cost in granite slabs goes towards paying labor for quarrying, transporting, polishing and installing the stone.
Most homeowners who are on a budget can try and cut some of the initial costs by demolishing the old countertop and leveling the ground for the granite countertop installation. However, the majority of the installation needs to be left to professionals.
A home owner who is buying granite slabs for relatively lower prices at retail stores as well as whole sale stores need to check with the stores if the price of installation is include in the price of the granite slabs. A majority of granite countertop pricing goes towards installing the slabs.
Another option for a homeowner on a tight budget is to buy a prefabricated granite kitchen countertop. This helps reduce the costs attributed to waste and shipping fees. However, prefabricated granite slabs are made with thinner slices of stone and than they are laminated with plywood for strength. Prefabricated pieces are also cut to fit basic lengths and L-shaped kitchen countertop layouts.