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Cost of Marble Countertop Installation

There are many factors that influence the cost of marble countertop installation. Use the article below to get a better understanding of how much your project might cost. If you’re ready to get started on your project, request a free installation quote from ProMatcher.

1. Where you live. Your geographic location can be an important cost factor. You should expect to pay higher prices for installation in New York than you would in say Knoxville, TN.

2. Existing countertops. Are you replacing your existing countertops? Keep in mind that you will probably have to pay extra for the haul away and disposal of your existing countertops. This can be pricey (especially with a heavy stone slab).

3. Shipping and delivery. Is the cost of delivery included in the cost estimate? Is the marble imported? Or, is the marble from a local quarry? International shipping can significantly increase the cost of the marble slab.

4. Size of countertops. Most contractors base their quote on the square footage of marble needed. If you have an island, don’t forget to include this in your calculations. The contractor may need to order a little extra to account for waste. Sink cut-outs and an excess of corners may increase the cost of installation. Customization typically increases the cost of any project.

5. Marble thickness. The standard thickness of marble countertops is 1.25 inches (or 3 centimeters). Anything thicker will come at an additional cost. In order to support the weight of the marble, you may need to reinforce your cabinetry.

6. Backsplash. Backsplash installation is not typically included. However, your contractor may be able to install one for an additional cost.

7. Type of marble. Marble comes in a variety of different colors. Exotic marbles with intricate veining will be more expensive. Additionally, imported Italian marble will be expensive due to the cost of overseas shipping. When choosing a color, keep in the mind that the small sample tile may not be an accurate representation of whole slab. If you can, go to the quarry or warehouse and pick out your own slab.

8. Soundness of the marble. The Marble Institute of America rates the soundness of marble from A to D. The soundness refers to the marble's appearance once it has been installed. A is the highest score. These marble slabs have very few imperfections. C and D grades are given to marble slabs that are in need of repair or have an excess natural flaws.

9. Finishing and sealing. All marble countertops should be sealed to prevent staining and/or water damage. Topical sealers are typically more affordable than penetrating (or impregnating) sealers. Also, marble countertops can be finished several ways (honed, polished, etc.).

10. Edges. A standard square edge is typically the most economical choice. However, beveled, ogee, and other decorative edges are available for an additional cost.

11. Plumbing. Before installing the countertops, does the plumbing need to be disconnected? Do appliances like dishwashers need to be moved out of the way? If any of this work requires the services of a plumber, this will add to the cost of installing the countertops.

12. Cleanup. The cost of cleanup should be included in the estimate.

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