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Cost of Bathroom Granite Countertops: How Much You Should Prepare to Pay

by Jeremy Troetti

Updated on August 29, 2019 04:47:06 PM


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When assessing the many different options you have for bathroom countertop materials, you will find that granite is one of the best that is available. Granite is a beautiful natural stone that is commonly used as a building material. This includes many structures in the house, such as bathroom and kitchen countertops. The stone is known not only for being attractive, but durable as well. This is one of the major advantages that granite holds over other countertop materials. 

 

What is Granite? 

 

Granite is one of the top countertop options on the market. Its appeal lies in its gorgeous appearance, wide variety of styles and easy maintenance. The durability of granite makes it perfect for many places around the house, but especially in a bathroom. 

 

How Much Will Granite Countertops Cost for the Bathroom? 

 

In general, granite will cost you somewhere between $35 to $75 per square foot. Although the high end may look pricey, granite overall is relatively inexpensive compared to other natural stone options. 

 

How Much Do Alternative Bathroom Countertop Options Cost? 

 

Granite is not the only option you have for bathroom countertops. Below is a table that compares the cost of granite to the cost of various other bathroom countertop options. 

Cost Comparison: Granite vs. Other Countertop Options
Granite Between $35 to $75 per square foot
Marble Between $40 to $100 per square foot
Quartz Between $50 to $120 per square foot
Slate Between $50 to $200 per square foot
Soapstone Between $55 to $100 per square foot
Limestone Between $70 to $200 per square foot
Onyx Between $75 to $250 per square foot
Gemstone Start around $100 per square foot

 

What Impacts the Cost of Granite Bathroom Countertops? 

 

There are several elements that have an impact on the cost of granite bathroom countertops. Some of the elements that can bring the price up include: 

  • How Much Material You Need 

  • How Complex the Installation Is 

  • Edge Design 

  • Cutouts 

  • How Rare the Type Is 

 

How Much Material You Need 

 

The amount of material that you require for your job will have an impact on the overall cost. The more granite you need for your new countertop, the higher the cost will be. 

 

How Complex the Installation Is 

 

Something else that can increase the total cost of the project is how complex the installation is. If your new countertop requires many awkward angles and cutouts, the price will go up. 

 

Edge Design 

 

Various edging options can also raise the cost of the project. The more detailed the edging, the higher the price. 

 

Cutouts 

 

Your bathroom countertop will require cutouts, one of which will be for the sink. Between this and installing the sink, the price of the project will rise. 

 

How Rare the Type Is 

 

If you choose a type of granite that is rarer, it can make the overall cost of the project go up. 

 

Pros and Cons of Granite Bathroom Countertops 

 

Granite bathroom countertops come with pros and cons. These are explained in further detail below. 

Pros and Cons
Pros Cons
Appearance Rare Types Will Increase Cost
Variety of Options Heavy Objects Can Cause Damage
Durable Must Be Re-Sealed Yearly
Heat Resistant  
High Resale Value  

 

Pros

 

Appearance 

 

One of granite’s major benefits is its appearance. Not only is the stone highly attractive, but its beauty is naturally occurring. Many homeowners are fascinated by the many colors and patterns that nature produces in this stone. 

 

Variety of Options 

 

One issue you will not run into with granite is a lack of options to choose from. There are hundreds of amazing types available on the market. 

 

Durable 

 

When looking to buy natural stone countertops, you will find that granite is one of the most durable options you have. As long as you take proper care of it, your granite countertops will stay in great shape for a long time. 

 

Heat Resistant 

 

One of granite’s primary advantages is heat resistance. This is particularly helpful in the bathroom, as you do not have to fear hot hair styling tools damaging your beautiful countertop. 

 

High Resale Value 

 

Many prospective homeowners will jump at the idea of having natural stone in their house – especially granite. Although many natural stone countertops have beauty in their favor, the increased durability combined with the beauty you will get from granite makes it one of the most ideal countertop surfaces anyone could ask for. 

 

Cons 

 

Rare Types Will Increase Cost 

 

As you will find with any other natural stone countertop, the rarer the granite you choose, the more expensive it will be. 

 

Heavy Objects Can Cause Damage 

 

Despite its strength, even granite has its limits. You will need to be very careful when handling any heavy items around your granite countertop. If you drop any heavy items, especially on the countertop’s corners, the surface can sustain significant damages.  

 

Must Be Re-Sealed Yearly 

 

A granite countertop will need to be re-sealed about once every year. Despite this seeming like an inconvenience, the re-sealing process is easy and quick, and is a Do-It-Yourself project. Re-sealing will be especially important in the bathroom because it is a high moisture area of the house. Something to keep in mind is that, while granite does need to be re-sealed, it does not require re-sealing nearly as much as some other types of natural stone countertops, such as marble. 

 

 

If you are looking for a bathroom countertop that is gorgeous and durable, you should strongly consider choosing granite. There is a reason why the natural stone is one of the top choices of many homeowners. Between the looks, the relatively affordable price, the seemingly endless amount of options to choose from and more, granite is a great material for bathroom countertops. 



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Originally posted on August 16, 2019 09:29:16 AM

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