It seems like every homebuyer lists granite countertops as a must-have, and every homeowner who doesn’t have granite countertops, wants them! 

The appeal of granite is widespread and considering its polished, high-end appearance, that’s understandable, but what’s with granite countertop costs? Why is it that to get these pretty counters you have to pay a pretty price? 

Let’s take a look at the qualities of granite and why those qualities can come with a more sizable price tag than most. 

What Cranks Up The Cost of Granite Countertops?

Granite is a natural, igneous rock, formed under great pressure within the earth and composed of mostly Feldspar, quartz, and mica — minerals that give granite its unique and varying colors and grains. Granite is naturally hard, dense, and durable, which coincidentally are characteristics you want your countertop to have! 

The fact that granite has to be quarried and its hardness requires special equipment to cut it is one reason granite countertop costs tend to be higher than man-made varieties. It’s also extremely heavy making it more difficult to install. Yet another reason? Granite’s density.

Don’t let its impeccable glossy appearance fool you. Beneath the beauty is the density and durability to withstand pretty much any harsh condition (think hot pots!) as well as resist scratches and stains. It’s also easy to maintain and retains not only it’s appearance, but also its value (remember those homebuyers we mentioned earlier?). Granite’s totally sustainable too — it will literally last a lifetime with proper care!

In other words, granite is not just pretty, it’s practical, pays for itself in the long run, and well, pretty darn near perfect for counters. But that’s not all… 

The qualities of granite make it ideal for not only countertops, but a variety of other applications too, from flooring to tile, fireplace surrounds, water features, and more. This versatility is yet one more reason for granite’s higher cost.

Weighing Granite Countertop Costs vs. Alternatives

Now that you know why granite countertop costs tend to be higher than other types of countertop materials, it’s time to decide if that more expensive price tag is worth paying. Think about your needs and lifestyle, the aesthetics you’re looking for, how much granite you need, as well as the long-term benefits. 

If you’re concerned granite countertop costs will be more than you can afford or simply don’t make sense for you, consider using granite remnants instead or other alternatives to granite countertops that will better fit your needs as well as your budget.   

Granite is a truly unique and durable stone that’s popular and valuable for many reasons, but it’s not always the right fit for everyone. No matter the size of your project or budget, Kowalski Granite & Quartz has the solid stone option that’s perfect for you. Choose from beautiful granite, quartz, and marble options, including remnants, perfect for any style or investment level. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help!


Kowalski Granite & Quartz

17169 Hayes Street
Grand Haven, MI 49417

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