If you are shopping for a new home in 2012, granite is a big buzz word. The realtor ads may not mention that the home has an outhouse but they will mention if it has granite counter tops. Granite is claimed to be the swing vote when comparing new homes. Yea if it has it and nay if it doesn’t.
A family member who is a realtor states stoutly (she’s not) that granite will help you get your asking price or help your house sell more quickly. That is subjective and I can not quantify it but there does seem to be a lot of substantiating collaboration.
After a little research it is easy to say that there are no easy answers in granite. One company advertises that their granite is 95% granite and 5% polymer. They state that it is stronger than slab granite and they can put it right over your old countertops. Since it is obviously made of left over granite chunks ground up and glued together (think particle board) it should be cheaper than slab granite. Wrong!
Try $1600.00 more than slab granite for the same number of square feet and the same features.
The big box home improvement stores do granite. The sales man at one, said, “I’m not on commission, so I don’t care what you buy but I wouldn’t buy what we have on sale.”
The price differential between the same number of square feet and the same features using the same type of material can be significant.
The same admonishment I mentioned on replacement windows holds true here as well. If possible use a small business, check their work and compare prices. You may be shocked to discover that there are many small firms wherever you are, doing quality work at better prices than the national chains.
Don’t take granite for granted, shop locally and save some money and aggravation.
If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.