Why do Quartz countertops cost more than Granite countertops?

Why do Quartz countertops cost more than Granite countertops?
The primary reason that Quartz countertops cost more than Granite countertops is that “Granite slabs” are formed and “Quartz slabs” are made. The raw materials to make Quartz are expensive and so is the process.

Typically this questions leads into the next question, “Why are some of the colors of Granite more expensive than Quartz?” This mainly has to do with the color and the quarry it comes from. Some colors are deemed more expensive due to their look. Some of them it has to do with where and how many quarries there are to polish the slabs.

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Granite and Tile Backsplash

Tile BacksplashAdding a tile backsplash to your new Granite can drastically improve the look of your kitchen. You can get super creative with designs or accent strips. The options are endless and only limited to your imagination. The only hard question is Granite backsplash with tile on top or put the tile down to the Granite Countertops.

I have provided pictures of homes we have done in the last few weeks. One has a Granite backsplash and the other does not. The choice is yours but I like to save money, so I opt for the no Granite backsplash. If you think about it, if you put a 4”Granite backsplash with the tile on top you will pay for the backsplash twice. Due to the average tile comes in 12” by 12” mesh backed sheets and you have to buy them by the box. Tile is usually cheaper than Granite so if you run the tile on top of the Granite countertops you usually save money. The money you save from not buying a 4”Granite backsplash usually pays for the tile.

There is no right or wrong answer. You should get what you want and what you like, since it is your kitchen.

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Granite Countertops

Do you need Granite Countertops to sell your house?

Granite Countertops We get asked this weekly…  The answer is yes and no! With the pricing of Granite being at such a low price, it has made it affordable for every home. It has also made it an expected item for almost every home.  There are other factors that influence a home being sold, but having Granite Countertops is a great selling point. If you do not have Granite Countertops in your kitchen and are planning to sell, now is the time to upgrade your kitchen! Your realtor will also likely inform you that upgrading your kitchen countertops to granite countertops is a necessity to sell your house. One scenario that we have come across is a job going on right now, in a very nice neighborhood in which the homeowners are interested in putting their home on the market, but their agent told them they had to upgrade their kitchen to Granite in order to sell. We offered them our promotional colors and recommended a neutral color so the potential buyers will feel comfortable. It is important to not pick colors that are too bold because the potential buyer will have to love it and that is not always the case.

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White Granite Countertops

White Granite CountertopsWhite Granite Countertops are very durable, beautiful, and cost effective. Today we are going to talk about a Granite Slab we have in Stock called “Dallas White”.

This color will go great with the latest craze of White Granite Countertops. We have been having customers walking in looking for White Granite, so we ordered some and have several of the Granite Slabs sitting here waiting for you to put them in your house. This color will also help you keep your Granite Countertop Cost down. Please stop by for pricing!

Dallas White is a non-resined granite, so you will need to seal it every six months or so. As a reminder “Sealed Granite Countertops” and Clorox wipes do not go well with one another. The Clorox wipes remove the sealer and could cause you to have a stain or water spots.

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Granite Countertops Cost

Granite Countertops Cost What is the cost of granite countertops? This is a question we get asked all the time and hopefully I can give a quick breakdown to help everyone out.

Granite countertops cost starts with the color you pick and the Price Per Square Foot (PPSF) of that color. Next are the add-ons, this can get pretty extensive at some fabricators. I have seen some quotes where this has increased the bid a significant amount of money. So be cautious of a low PPSF because usually there will be add-ons. There should be a constant few add-ons, which are a polished opening for an undermount sink, a cook top cut out, an edge profile upgrade, a fuel surcharge of some kind and a tear-out fee for removing your old tops.

Colors of granite will dictate your price, just be mindful of that. Chose your slab wisely, you should always physically see your granite countertop slab. I tell all my customers to touch their potential slab, especially if it has movement and color changes. We as fabricators do not polish the surface of the granite slab. If it has pits or lines that you can feel, those pits or lines will always be there.

I hope this helps you get started on your process of picking your granite slabs.

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