How much do Granite Worktops Cost?

With so many countertop materials on the market, it can be challenging to know which one is right for you. Granite is an extremely popular and high-quality stone that is a great addition to any home. However, a huge factor to consider when choosing new worktops for your kitchen is the cost. 

Granite worktops will create a luxurious feel for your kitchen, but due to the nature of the material, it can be costly. 

The cost of granite worktops can vary widely depending on the colour, pattern and slab. There are also maintenance costs to consider too. In this blog, we’ll explore the different elements that can impact the cost of your granite kitchen worktops. 

Type of granite 

Slab Granite vs Pre-produced Granite

There are two different types of granite available for your kitchen. Slab granite is a more popular choice and is a pre-prepared slab of granite that is imported into the UK and then cut and polished. 

After this, it is fitted to your kitchen. This is often the more expensive option, coming in at a higher price.

For a standard L-shaped kitchen, you could be looking at prices upwards of £1500. 

For larger kitchens with a separate island or breakfast bar, you’ll be looking at prices upwards of £2500. Of course, this will all depend on the colour of the granite, the size of your kitchen and if you are looking to pay someone to fit it separately.

On the other hand, pre-produced granite is mass-produced and then cut into specific sizes. This is the more affordable option, and it is often difficult to tell the difference between slab granite and pre-produced granite. 

Both types of granite would be a lovely addition to your kitchen countertop, and they are durable and hard-wearing. However, if your budget is a bit tighter, you may want to opt for pre-produced granite.

Slab granite may be a better choice if you want a seamless look in your kitchen and are focused on aesthetics. 

If you have a large kitchen or a kitchen with unusual measurements, slab granite may be a better option as it will be tailored to your personal space.

The thickness of a slab of granite can also affect the price. Granite that is around 1200mm thick will cost about £170. If you’d like a thicker slab, this will be more expensive. If you would like a more specific quote, please request a quote.

Granite Colour and Price

Granite comes in a wide range of colours and patterns, so you will have no problem finding a countertop to fit the style of your kitchen. However, due to rarity and demand, some colours can be pricier than others.

You’ll typically find that tan and black granite is the least expensive, and white and light granite will cost more. Black and tan-coloured slabs are the most abundantly available on the market and will average about £250 per square meter.

White granite can be far harder to source and, therefore, can be pricier, with prices of around £400 per square meter.

If you want to incorporate a range of blues, greens and golds into your countertop, you may be looking at far more money than if you settled for a darker granite variation.

Again, if you are looking to save money but are set on having a granite countertop, opting for a darker colour of granite will often work out cheaper.

If you wish to explore the range of colours that granite comes in, take a look at our full range of granite worktops.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Unlike other popular countertop materials, granite does require some maintenance. Granite is a porous material that soaks up more liquid than other worktop materials, such as quartz.

To prevent your worktop from soaking up liquid and to make it last longer, it is recommended that you get your countertop sealed every six months or once a year.

The amount of times it is sealed depends on the colour and density of the granite; the lighter and thicker the stone, the more often it will need to be sealed.

You can do this yourself, but it is recommended that you call in a professional to ensure it is sealed correctly and there are no gaps. Head to this blog to learn more about properly maintaining a granite worktop.

This will cost you money on top of the installation cost, so it is something to consider when opting for granite. Worktops such as quartz and dekton do not require sealing. Granite remains a solid contender if this isn’t a problem for you.

Comparing granite to other materials

A great benefit of granite is that it is cheaper than other materials used for countertops.

Quartz 

Granite is a natural stone so it doesn’t offer the wide range of colour options and patterns that quartz worktops offer. Quartz is also durable and requires very little aftercare, whereas granite does require re-sealing once or twice a year. As a result, quartz is in high demand and, therefore, more expensive. 

If you don’t mind having a natural-coloured countertop and can keep up with the bi-annual maintenance, then granite will be less expensive than quartz.

Marble

Marble and granite are very similar regarding the upkeep required to ensure they last. In appearance, granite tends to have flecks of colour, whereas marble’s pattern is more extensive. Again, granite works out cheaper by comparison.

The material you choose will all come down to budget, practicality and how you want your kitchen to look. Although it may seem that granite is expensive, it is the cheaper option compared to most other materials whilst still being a gorgeous natural stone. You are getting your money’s worth with granite.

Are Granite Worktops Worth the Cost?

Granite is a beautiful stone with a unique appearance, making it an excellent addition to any kitchen. Granite is also highly durable so you won’t have to worry about it chipping or scratching. If maintained correctly, it will remain beautiful for decades after its installation.

Although it may seem like an expensive investment, kitchens are lived in and used daily, and trust in your worksurfaces and appliances is priceless. If you’re considering updating your kitchen and opting for granite, quartz or dekton countertops, look at our full range of worktops