Pricing for new countertops can seem confusing for someone who has not been through the process before. There are a lot of countertop companies in Jacksonville, and there are several different ways prices are quoted and advertised.
Many companies in our area advertise per square foot prices as low as $30 but then start adding in charges for sinks, sink holes, cut outs, extra faucet holes, and other charges. These extras can easily add $5-$15 per square foot to the true cost of your countertops.
Similarly, if you have any “L” or “batwing” shaped counters, make sure the corners are not “double counted”. In your home, countertop companies will measure the back of your countertops along the walls, If they do not factor out the corner area, this will add roughly 4 1/2 square feet per corner to your job that does not exist.
Also, do not allow them to round every measurement up to the next inch. Rounding up and double counting corners is VERY common because many home owners do not realize it is happening. This can easily cost you several hundred dollars.
How do we price countertops?
First, we take accurate measurements, we do not round up, and we do not double count corners and angles.
Labor, sinks, et cetera:
Our labor rate is $31 per square foot for 95% of materials. This includes square or radiused corners and an eased, bevel, or pencil round edge. It also includes an undermounted 50/50 or single bowl stainless steel sink, as well as actually cutting and polishing the sink hole.
For certain exotic granite and all quartzite, which are extremely fragile and/or difficult to work with, the labor rate is $37.50 per square foot.
Removal and disposal of standard Formica or laminate tops is $1 per square foot.
Removal of granite or tile countertops varies on a case by case basis but is generally around $4 per square foot.
For bathroom vanity tops, we charge $35 per sink for an oval ceramic undermount or $75 per sink for a rectangular ceramic undermount. There is no additional charge for cutting and polishing the sink holes themselves.
If your kitchen has a raised bar top or any overhang over 9″, it WILL require steel corbels every 24-36″ to properly support it. The charge for the corbels, mortising, and installation is $45 per corbel.
Your material… aka “the slabs”:
Depending on the shapes and angles of your countertops there will be a 20-30% waste factor from your slabs when we cut your kitchen. This means that for every 45 square foot increment of countertops, the need to purchase remnant or an additional slab of material begins to become a possibility.
When you visit slab yards, they won’t tell you how much the materials cost. This is because most fabricators place a mark-up on the slabs, and the distributor does not know what that percentage is.
There is no industry standard regarding mark-up, and many fabricators don’t even have a standard within their own company. Unfortunately, many base their entire pricing structure on what kind of car you drive or what neighborhood you live in.
We don’t like stereotypes, and we really don’t care what you drive, who you wear, or where you live. We charge you the actual cost of the materials required to complete your job plus a 35% mark-up. Any left over material (remnant) is yours to keep if you wish.
Among other things, our material mark-up serves to mitigate the very real risk of breakage.
If you choose a low cost fabricator who does not mark-up materials and budget for breakage risk, you may be left fronting more money for another slab to complete your job if something goes wrong. This happens more than people think.
So how much do the slabs cost?
There are no set standards that define what “Levels” are, but these are general guidelines. These levels also correspond directly to the row numbers at one of our distributors, Quality Stones.
Granite, Quartz, and Marble Slab Prices
Typical natural stone slabs are 60-70 square feet.
- Level 1 or “Basic” granite slabs are generally between $450-$800 per slab.
- Level 2: $750-$1000
- Level 3: $950- $1,300
- Level 4: $1,250-$1,600
- Level 5 (Exotic): $1,550 -$2,150
- Super Exotic: $2,100+
Quartzite starts around Level 4. Taj Mahal Supreme and other high end colors can easily exceed $4,000 per slab and more.
Decent quality marble slabs begin at Level 2. Varieties like Calacatta Gold can surpass the $6,000 mark.
Quartz Slab Prices
Quartz slabs are typically 55-60 square feet.
High quality quartz slabs begin around $750.
Brand names like Cambria, Caesarstone, and Silestone cost between $1,800-$2,800 each.
We prefer Phoenix Quartz sourced through Quality Stones. They categorize their quartz slabs as Group A, B, or C:
- Phoenix Quartz Group A: $900 per slab
- Phoenix Quartz Group B: $1,300 per slab
- Phoenix Quartz Group C: $1,750 per slab
The Bottom Line…
Installed, including all labor, materials, and an undermount stainless steel sink:
- Level 1 Granite starts around $39 per ft²
- Quartz starts around $50 per ft²
- Quartzite starts around $56 per ft²
- Marble starts around $45 per ft²