Granite Prices / Quartz Prices
The first and most frustrating thing to discover when trying to compare the price of granite to the price of quartz (or other worktop/countertop material) is that calculating it on ‘per square meter’ basis is ….. pretty hopeless!
Generally speaking, granite is usually more expensive that quartz. But, and it’s a big ‘but’, that is far from the end of the story.
This is because we are often able to magically make granite less expensive than quartz – despite a granite being more expensive on a square meter basis. To find out how see our “Granite or Quartz” information page here http://graniteconcepts.co.uk/granite-or-quartz/ .
To save you time now, and before exploring on this page all the variables that influence the price (aside the size of your project itself), we list below 6 Tips for how to secure a reliable quotation for your budget:
Pricing & buying tips:
- 1st: If possible, select your worktop/countertop before ordering your kitchen (see our “Workmanship” page to find out why – and how this approach could save you the cost of a cruise holiday! – see http://graniteconcepts.co.uk/workmanship/);
- 2nd: Decide on the colour and patterning you like first. This sounds obvious but because granite is limited in its colours and styles – pure white doesn’t exist in granite for example – the decision as to whether it is quartz or granite could be decided for you;
- 3rd: Think about the thickness of the material that best draws out the aesthetic look of your kitchen doors. For traditional/classic/country-style kitchens we recommend thick (30mm): for modern styles (for example high-gloss white) we recommend thinner (20mm) material;
- 4th: Come armed with at least a ‘fag packet’ sketch and measurements of your project. We can usually give you a quotation on the same day with just that (we can precision the measurements when we visit to template).
- 5th: Inform our designers how you are going to use your kitchen. For the sake of brevity this will be explained when you enquire (price is not the only consideration of course) – see our Buyers’ Guide for more information: http://graniteconcepts.co.uk/buying-guide/;
- 6th: Inform our designers of your rough budget, and the purpose of your purchase. You needn’t say the amount, but it is a useful for us to know whether, say, you are doing up your kitchen to help sell your property, or, whether this is the dream kitchen you’ve waited half your life for! We can then work in partnership with you to deliver your purpose and objective – and save you hours in research.
Price factors & variables
Granite comes in larger slabs than quartz which, depending on the size of your project, gives us an opportunity to optimise our ‘cutting strategy’ to avoid having to purchase additional material – which might be necessary if choosing quartz.
But, price isn’t everything and you will have very good reasons why you prefer quartz – and we’ve a huge range of quartz to ensure you get exactly what you want.
Cost of cutting, templating & fabrication
If we were selling carpets or curtain fabric it would be very easy for any granite/marble/quartz fabricator to give a price based on square meters. But fabricators tend not to because the larger cost is not the material itself, but the heavy and continuing investment in the giant stone cutting machinery and the specialist tools (and stone-masonry skills) required to cut and polish your chosen material.
The higher a customer’s need for stone-masonry the higher the price, as you would expect. For example, an under-mount sink requires the edges inside to be polished to match the surface itself, and has also to be cut with complete precision to your chosen sink. This involves a lot more work (ie cost) than a sit-on sink where all is required is a rough cut-out to plonk the sink on, with no polishing or precision cutting. Drainage grooves, if they are wanted, is another area consuming skilled work and is an added cost to a kitchen without drainage grooves. There is a myriad of other accessories that can eat up a budget, meaning there is no such thing as a standard kitchen and, therefore, no such thing as a standard price or a quick price per square metre calculation.
Yes, we could work out these costs and convert it into a square meter, but quartz and granite prices vary tremendously (by 100s of percent). To do so would mean half our customers would be given a price that is too expensive for what they are getting, and the other half too cheap (though you’ll no doubt like the latter!).
Bespoke worktops require bespoke pricing, ensuring all our customers pay a fair price for what they purchase.
Grade and quality – affecting Granite prices
For granite, the industry tends to apply 6 different “Grades” to its quality. These Grades are based upon:
- the source (the country or region where it was quarried – Brazil, for example, tends to be more expensive, as is some granite from Italy);
- the thickness (20mm or 30mm – occasionally 40mm – the thicker the higher the price);
- the colour (generally the ‘snazzier’ the colour the higher the price);
- the veining (some are very striking, others less so – the more striking the veins, the higher the price – generally);
- the pitting and marking (as a natural material it comes in a range of natural qualities, reflecting its price).
- rarity (some granites are rare and can be extremely expensive, but most are reasonably priced).
Grade & Quality – affecting Quartz pricing
The price of this man-made material (a resin with quartz stone content) comes in a variety of qualities reflecting its price. The price of quartz differs from the price of granite in that, generally, the colour of quartz makes no difference to its price. However, its price is reflected in the following variables:
- depth of colour (the deeper it penetrates the higher the price). This is an important price-point;
- thickness (20mm or 30mm – the thicker the higher the price). This is not a major price-point;
- quartz stone content (the higher the content the higher the price). This is probably the biggest price point;
- brand (a highly reputable producer commands a higher price – eg, Silestone – see https://www.silestone.co.uk/colours/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIwaH25eH14wIVCbDtCh1-CQVhEAAYASACEgLDQ_D_BwE). As a price-point, this goes hand-in-hand with the stone content and depth of colour penetration;
- veining (veined quartz can be more expensive than granite);
- warranty (the longer the warranty the higher the price).
Conclusion on price:
If you’ve made it to this point(!) then we hope you’ve found the above of interest – but more importantly useful in your research. Alas, having got to this point we will have failed abysmally to answer your enquiry as to “how much is granite and quartz a square meter”.
But I hope you are not too annoyed with us: we will always be honest and say it how it is. Hopefully, with all the above information you are at least half-convinced that a “per square meter” approach to buying a worktop is as good as that awful saying of “how much is a piece of string”).
Either way we are at your disposal should you wish to ask us anything.
Warm regards meanwhile,
Karen – Managing Director