Granite Countertop Cost vs. Quartz in 2021, Plus Pros & Cons

Today’s top two upscale countertop options, granite, and quartz, are competitively priced with one another. Granite and quartz are quite different materials, one being a natural stone and another being an engineered composite made to resemble the natural stone.

This guide covers unique properties, pros and cons, looks, maintenance requirements, durability aspects, and pricing considerations for each option.

Cost

Granite countertops cost between $48 and $135 per square foot installed. The cost is largely based on whether you choose tiles or slabs. When going with a full-sized granite slab, its thickness, size (length and width), color pattern and degree of flawlessness or lack of imperfections will affect the overall price on a per sq. ft. basis.

Quartz countertop cost ranges from about $75 to $125 per square foot installed and engineered stone slabs are used.

Granite Quartz
Low Cost: $48 to $80 per s.f. $72 to $94 per s.f.
Average Cost: $70 to $104 per s.f. $84 to $112 per s.f.
High Cost: $100 to $135 per s.f. $105-$125 per s.f.
Avg. Total Cost: (64 sq. ft. of material) $5,568 or $84/s.f. $6,272 or $96/s.f.

Did you know? A decade ago, quartz was much more expensive than granite. With higher demand came an increase in production and with it, more cost-effective manufacturing process. That’s why you’ll find outrageous prices for quartz from many pricing sites. The days of $200+ per square foot quartz are gone, but many sites haven’t updated the information in years. 😉

Cost Factors

The cost range for quartz, also known as engineered stone, is narrower than costs for granite. This is because there are fewer variables in quartz. It is a manufactured material, so quality tends to be consistent, and there are no rare colors or types.

The costs above are divided into low, average, and high. The more of these factors apply to your project, the higher your cost will be on the spectrum.

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Kitchen Cabinets Costs 2021: Framed vs. Frameless, Pros & Cons

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If you’ve decided to do a kitchen remodeling project, you know the biggest part of the design will be the cabinets.

Not only the new cabinets need to be aesthetically pleasing, but they also need to be functional and appropriate.

If you can find well-built cabinets made of quality material, then you’ve hit the kitchen cabinet trifecta.

With all the choices available today, it can be overwhelming to know where to start and what to choose. This guide will help you navigate the cabinet buying process including styles, materials, costs, and pros and cons of various options.

Cost

The total average cost (including materials and labor) to install European style frameless cabinets in a typical 10-by-10 kitchen will range between $4,750 to $6,950, depending on the choice of contractor doing the work, cabinet manufacturer, materials and your home’s location or the local real estate market dynamics.

Did you know? All else being equal, it will cost about $1,000 less to supply and install basic face-framed cabinets compared to frameless cabinets.

Framed cabinets can be more difficult to install, but they can be safely hung on uneven walls, making them more suitable for uneven wall layouts and oddly shaped kitchens.

Framed cabinets are also available in a greater variety of styles and materials.

The pricing difference between the two kinds is mostly in the material cost of cabinets; Frameless Shaker Door style cabinets (material and supplies only) will cost between $3,500 to $4,000 for a typical 10-by-10 kitchen, while comparable cabinets with face frame will normally cost about $1,000 less for all the materials and supplies.

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Top 10 Home Improvements to Increase Home Value

Planning to Sell or Refinance? Improve Your Home First!

Some people will do home improvements because they want to live in a nicer home. Others will complete them so that they can sell their home for a more. Still others want to refinance, and need to increase the value to get rid of that pesky PMI. And there are even those that are seeking a reverse mortgage soon, and they want to make sure their monthly checks are large enough.

No matter your reason, you don’t want to dump a bunch of time and money into little improvements that won’t affect the value of your house very much. You want to focus on the top improvements to increase your home’s value. Here are a few things that you can do.

1. Paint the Walls

via Gacek Design Group

Paint is still the easiest, and cheapest, way to take your home from drab to wow. Getting rid of the boring “off-white” is a sure way to make things look fresh.

Touching up that paint that has been marred, chipped, scraped, and scuffed over the years makes the home feel new. Just don’t get too crazy, an orange, yellow, and green living room is probably too much for potential buyers. 😉

Cost: $3.00 to $6.00 per sq. ft. on average, depending on the paint quality, amount of prep work required, and overall size of the project. A typical interior remodeling painting project for the whole house may cost between $3,000 and $6,000 on average.

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