Myrtle Beach Granite Countertops
Finish types: Polished, sandblasted, brushed, flamed.
Origin: Granite is a igneous rock that contains at least 20% quartz by volume, but also some mica and feldspar. It’s mined from around the world, including quarries in India, Brazil, Norway, Italy and China. The largest granite quarry in the Unites States is located near Barre, Vermont.
Environmental Impact: Medium. Granite is durable and recyclable, but it requires large amounts of energy for transport, and mining is very resource intensive.
Pros: Each slab is unique, hard, durable, scratch-resistant, impervious to stains, heat, and water when sealed, relatively easy to clean, comes in all colors, still highly covetable with an even higher resale value.
Cons: Expensive, heavy, needs annual resealing, ubiquitous, “granite fatigue.”
Installation: Very labor-intensive, expensive.
Price range: $45-$400 per square foot. Varies depending on stone rarity, thickness, origin, and manufacturing labor. Buyer beware: this price often does not include hidden costs like installation, resealing, edge details, templating, and special finishes. A standard size kitchen can expect to pay $2,500+ for a renovation.
Installing granite in your kitchen or bathroom is one of the best investments you can make for your home. However, it’s anything but easy. The process of choosing and installing granite can be very confusing and misleading. I’ve done a lot of granite installations and have learned how the process should work. Follow along here and get a few tips to help you maximize your investment as well.
1. Visit the showroom. Start by going to our granite showroom. Shown here is the showroom of my fabricator, Master Homes Flooring. At the showroom you will be able to see samples of available stones as well as learn about pricing. Of course, the price will differ depending on which stone you choose.
Typical price ranges per square foot:
Low end: $35 to $45
Middle: $55 to $60
Exotic: $65 and up
These estimates are for material and labor costs specifically in South Carolina. Sometimes edges and radius changes add to the cost, while cutouts for sinks and cooktops will always raise the price.