Different Types of Granite
Granite is typically differentiated by its myriad of colors and vein patterns. These colors and veins are very
distinct for each granite stone. It makes them distinguishable from other granite stones. But there is also another
way of classifying granite. This is the quality and class ,or grade, of the stone.
This method of granite classification will benefit those who are working on a limited budget. Their options will
not be limited since they can now build elegant and stylish countertops within their budget. Basically, this
classification is not based on granite’s colors and vein patterns, but on its structural quality. In this respect,
here are the classifications of granite.
This is the most expensive granite of all. Regardless of the beauty of its
colors and vein patterns, this class of granite commands a very high price. Most of these granite slabs are big and
very heavy. The final price will depend on the actual size, thickness and quality of its colors. But you can expect
to shell out from $65 to $120 per square foot for this type of granite. It is well worth you money, because you
will have a countertop that has no seams or joints, and one that is very strong.
Pre-Cut Granite Slabs
These days, there are stone suppliers who offer pre-cut granite slabs
for those with limited budgets. They are basically smaller and thinner than the typical granite slabs, therefore
they are lower in price. The typical price is about $40 to $160 per square meter or roughly $12 to $48 per square
foot. These pre-cut slabs have the same general qualities of more expensive granite stone, therefore you will get
the same beauty and durability.
Thinner Granite Slabs
The thickness of a granite slab ranges from ¾ inch to 1¼ inches.with
some being even thicker. Thinner granite slabs are therefore more affordable than the typical granite slab.
But you will need additional wooden support to make your countertop strong and durable.
Another type of granite which is even more affordable is the granite tile. These
tiles are typically available in 12”x12”x3/8” sizes. Their costs will range from $2 to $10 per tile, depending on
the quality and color of the tile. There are bigger and thicker tiles for special applications but they will
cost more than the standard-sized tiles.
Lower Grades of Granite
These types of granite contain more minerals in their structure,
instead of just pure granite stone. There are some which have imperfections like small fissures and cracks in their
surfaces, but they are still viable for countertop projects. They are still granite and display the stone’s
natural beauty and exciting vein patterns. Of course, their prices per square feet will be considerably lower than
top quality granite.
Granite remnants are leftover cuttings from big granite projects such as
kitchen and bathroom countertops. They are already paid for by the buyer of the original slab therefore they can
be bought at rock-bottom prices. You can save as much as 70% to 90% of the total cost of a granite counter if
you use granite remnants.