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With over 20 years of experience, our countertop store in Orlando, FL, has excelled in providing exceptional custom stone designs for customers. At KB Surfaces and Supply, we’ve perfected the art of customer service, and everything we do at our granite store is for the benefit of our clients. We’ve worked closely with homeowners, home builders, general contractors, and designers in helping everyone deliver exactly what they envision. We work with over 40 suppliers to ensure best prices on material, and thousands of the most popular colors of stone as well as almost every manufactured product on the market. If you’d like to look at our products, we have every item available for viewing at our fabrication facility.
Remodeling Products and Services include:
- ● Cambria
- ● Caesarstone
- ● Silestone
- ● Hanstone
- ● Wilsonart Quartz
- ● In-stock Granite
- ● Custom select stone, such as granite, marble, soapstone, and quartzite
- ● Stainless steel sinks and faucets
When you need personalized and high-quality service, look no further than KB Remodeling. Call at (407) 658-9992 today to place an order or to schedule a viewing appointment.
Top 10 Materials for Kitchen Countertops
There are lots of options on the market for kitchen countertops, but 10 materials comprise the majority of countertops in residential kitchens. Consider the pros and cons of each type, and follow the links to learn more about each type when making your own decision.
Granite at our Orlando Countertop Store
For some time, granite has been the countertop material of choice when there are no other things to think about—such as money. Granite defines elegance in a kitchen. Even modest kitchens seem like luxury spaces when flavored by the beauty of granite countertops.
Historically, granite has been an expensive material, but its cost has come down somewhat as supplies have increased and engineered stone has become more common.
- ● Almost impervious to heat
- ● Nearly 3,000 different colors and types available
- ● Very strong and durable
- ● Adds real estate value to home
- ● Nearly maintenance-free when treated with newer sealers
- ● Very expensive material
- ● Slabs may have imperfections
- ● Stone is porous and requires sealing to avoid stains
- ● Can crack if stressed or improperly installed
- ● Not suitable for DIY installation
- ● Knives are quickly dulled by cutting on granite
Soapstone is another natural stone, usually dark gray in color with a smooth, silky feel. It has seen a recent resurgence as an alternative to granite. Soapstone is often seen in historic homes but is also used in modern homes as both a countertop and sink material. Over time, soapstone takes on an antique-like patina that can be very attractive in certain kitchen styles.
Contrary to expectations, the architectural soapstone used for countertops is actually quite hard and resistant to stain. However, it will scratch over time, although this can add to the antique patina of the stone
- ● Offers antique, historic look to a kitchen
- ● Deep, rich color
- ● Somewhat stain resistant
- ● Damage can be sanded out
- ● Fairly impervious to heat
- ● Must be treated with mineral oil
- ● May darken over time
- ● Surface can scratch and dent, though this can create an attractive antique look
- ● DIY installation not possible
Marble art our Orlando Store
Another natural stone commonly used in kitchen countertops is marble. Because no two sheets of marble are exactly the same, each marble countertop will be entirely unique.
Because of its extremely high price tag, marble is not often seen on the countertops of whole kitchens. More often, its luxurious look is limited to use on an island or section of countertop reserved as a baking center.
Although highly prized, marble may not be the best choice for kitchens, due to its penchant for staining and scratching. Newer sealers can reduce the upkeep on marble, but this is a considerably more temperamental stone than granite or soapstone.
- ● Exceptionally beautiful stone, with unique veining
- ● Adds to real estate value of a home
- ● Waterproof and heatproof
- ● Expensive
- ● Stone is porous and stains easily unless sealed
- ● DIY installation not possible
- ● Can be scratched; repairs are difficult
Quartz (Engineered Stone)
The countertop material known as “quartz” is actually an engineered stone product that contains as much as 93 percent quartz particles and other minerals, shaped into slabs and bound with resins. These are not solid quartz slabs produced by quarrying.
Sold by companies such as DuPont Zodiaq, LG Viatera, Cambria, and Silestone, quartz was created as a more adaptable and better-performing alternative to granite and marble. It is available in a larger range of colors than granite and has a nonporous surface thatresists both scratching and staining. Some types are convincing copies of natural marble, with similar veining. Unlike natural stone, engineered quartz requires no annual sealing.
Similar technology is now being used in so-called glass countertops, which consist of particles of recycled glass blended with resins and shaped into countertop slabs. Consumers keen on being on the cutting edge may want to consider glass as well as quartz countertops.
- ● Can be custom-fabricated in any size and shape
- ● More convincing, natural appearance than solid surface material
- ● Easy to maintain, no sealing required
- ● Resists stains and is impervious to heat and acid
- ● Slabs are uniform, with no imperfections
- ● DIY installation possible, though countertops are very heavy
- ● Expensive
Solid-Surface at our Countertop Store
Solid-surface material, sold under brands including Avonite, Corian, and Swanstone, is a man-made material consisting of a blend of acrylic particles and resins that are pressed into sheets and other shapes. Solid-surface countertops and sinks have now been around for nearly 50 years, but at the time of introduction, they were regarded as space-age alternatives to natural stone, which they sought to mimic.
Once regarded as premium, luxury countertops, solid-surface material is now considered somewhat mid-tier, but it is still an excellent choice for mid-range kitchens. It can also be a good material in high-end kitchens with a lot of countertop space that would be prohibitively expensive to cover with granite or quartz.
- ● Available in many, many colors and patterns
- ● Seams are virtually invisible
- ● Resists staining
- ● Damage can be easily sanded out
- ● Integrated sink/countertop units are available
- ● Vulnerable to damage from hot pans
- ● Moderately expensive
- ● No DIY installation; must be fabricated by pros
Laminate counters bear trademarks such as Formica, Nevamar, and Wilsonart. The laminates are plastic-coated synthetics with a smooth surface that’s easy to clean. Countertops are made by bonding the laminate sheets to a particleboard (MDF) core. Laminate countertops can be purchased as pre-formed segments (called post-form countertops), or custom-fabricated to specifications, either on-site or in a fabrication shop.
Although for many years regarded as a poor cousin to more premium countertop materials, laminates have seen a recent surge in popularity, thanks in part to the thousands of colors, patterns, and styles now available. Laminates are especially popular in retro designs, particular mid-century modern kitchens.
How Much Do Granite Countertops Cost? Countertop Store Pricing
National Average Granite Countertop Price
Low End Granite Cost $2,000
High End Granite Countertops $4,500
Granite Countertop Store Price
Whether you should install slab or tile granite countertops depends on your project, your budget and what you’re looking to accomplish. At our Orlando Countertop Store, you can purchase slab granite countertops for $40 to $60 per square foot, while you can get granite tile for $5 to $15 per square foot. On average, homeowners spend $2,000 to $4,500 on installation and materials to install a granite countertop.
Granite countertops were up-and-coming a decade ago, but they continue to be one of the most popular choices for kitchens and bathrooms today. Homeowners considering this material will have a wide variety of colors, patterns and designs to choose from. You can even get low-cost options without compromising on look and quality.
Knowing the facts before you buy will help you make the right choice — one that will last for years to come. And when you hire a countertop professional, you can be sure that they will apply the material correctly and beautifully. Granite Prices Per Square Foot
Slabs average $40 to $60 per square foot and tiles average $5 to $15 per square foot. This material is naturally unique and adds value to any home. It offers other benefits as well, including:
- ● Various color and pattern options
- ● Heat, scratch, dent and chemical resistance
- ● Durability
This natural stone was expensive when it first came onto the market, but it has become more affordable in recent years. In fact, the average spend on any countertop installation is around $3,000, and granite installations average $3,100. You can even add bevel, radius and square edging for a reasonable price. Some downsides are that it is cold, scratch-able and prone to damage from hot grease and repeated cutting over time. Additionally, it is easy to see its seams.
Understanding Levels & Prices
At our Orlando Countertop Store, natural stone comes in levels that range from 1 to 7, though most options only reach 5. These levels indicate how simple and basic or intricate and unique the coloration and design of the material is. Standard colors with almost no patterns will be lower grade. The more distinct the stone is, the higher its level and price. The lower grade options also contain more soft minerals, which make them less durable than higher grades.
Levels of Granite Pricing
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Average Costs at our Orlando Store by Color, Design & Pattern
If you want to personalize your material for the kitchen or bath, there are various options to choose from. These include:
- ● Colors: white, black, blue, red and gold
- ● Patterns: solid, marbled and speckled
- ● Finishes: honed, leathered or glossy
Marbled pattern transitions color and texture so it looks similar to real marble. Speckled pattern provides a great accent to cabinets and appliances. Honed styles have a matte finish, so the product can look like other materials. You also have options like edging, tiling and backsplashes — various ways to customize your project to meet your needs and design preferences. The more complicated your design, the more expensive it will be. Since this is a tough material, a special design requires equipment and care that increases the price charged by the professional. At our Orlando Countertop Store, some colors and patterns are only available in imported stone, which can increase the price. You might have to compromise on what kind you want to save money in the end.
White Granite, Black Granite and Other Popular Colors at our Orlando Countertop Store
At our Orlando Countertop Store, there are colors that are more abundant and easily available, which makes them less expensive, and some that are harder to come by, making them more expensive. Some are even harder or softer, making them easier or harder to cut, also affecting the overall price.
Granite Colors & Costs | Oriando Countertop Store
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Textured Materials from our Orlando Countertop Store
Granite Texture Estimator
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Textured Materials from our Orlando Countertop Store
Granite Texture Estimator
Costs by Granite Type
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Granite Slab vs. Tile Overlay
Granite countertops come in three formats: slab, tile and modular. The type best suited for your project will depend on the square footage you need to cover, the number of seams you’re willing to show and the amount of money you’re willing to invest.
Granite Slab vs. Tile vs. Modular Costs
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*Sample Material Size: Kitchen surfaces are typically around 24 deep. Also, with this product, you must accommodate for 1 ½ inch extra for overhang. For this example, we calculated based on a surface measuring 6 feet long by 2 feet deep (which would convert to around 6 linear feet). This would call for 12.75 square feet of stone.
As mentioned in the above sample, there are a few things to consider when calculating how much material you need. Kitchen counter depth tends to be 24 inches, or two feet. However, you must account for 1 ½ extra inches in depth to accommodate the granite overhangor edge. You could use the following formula to calculate your needs:
[(Depth in inches + 1 ½ inches) x length in inches] ÷ 144 = Square Footage Needed
Example (from above): (25.5 inches x 72 inches) ÷ 144 = 12.75 Square Feet
It is best to have a professional perform your measurements to ensure you get the appropriate amount of materials.
Where to Buy Cheap Granite
When considering where to buy your materials, it’s important to note that home improvement stores like Lowes and Home Depot offer a limited supply. Local fabricators and contractors have access to a wider variety of options and may charge less for natural stone products in bulk than a retail outlet. In fact, when you buy from Home Depot or Lowes, both your material and labor are likely to be more expensive because these companies outsource fabrication and labor.
Here are three reasons to go with a fabricator instead of a local home improvement store:
- 1. Choices: Home improvement stores have a maximum of about 30 styles of granite. These are considered commodity choices because they’re uniform. At our Orlando Countertop Store, we have access to hundreds of unique options.
- 2. Installation: Local stores don’t personally install the product; they outsource it to a third party. This leads to confusion and hassle if something goes wrong. If you go with a local fabricator who has a contractor on-hand, you’ll have no problem handling any issues that come up.
- 3. Layout: Local suppliers often take the time to personally lay out and pattern the product to your specifications. A big-box store usually just goes with a pattern.
The best way to get the lowest prices is to shop around. Check prices across multiple suppliers, find out about specials and talk to professionals and fabricators about your options. There are homeowners who have been able to cut their material expenses by as much as 30% by doing their research and weighing their options.
Pros & Cons
- ● Better for kitchens with a modern, contemporary look or small kitchens with a simple layout.
- ● Requires professional care and labor because of the weight.
- ● Usually takes about a day to put it in.
- ● Will also require re-sealing on occasion, but it will not require maintenance on a regular basis.
- ● Easier to clean, which makes it better for kitchen function.
- ● Involves laying the materials in a specific way, adding the grout in between and allowing the grout to dry for several hours.
- ● Best for complicated counter layouts and difficult spaces.
- ● Can be a good DIY project to save money on your remodel.
- ● May look low-quality in upscale kitchens.
- ● Must have a hidden countertop underneath.
- ● Grout must be sealed apart from the stone, match it exactly, resealed on a regular basis and regularly scrubbed to remove food.
Most homeowners choose slab styles, unless they’re looking for a quick solution. These styles last longer, are easier to put in and come with less maintenance. While they’re less expensive, tiles could be more expensive in the long run.
Cost to Install Granite Countertops at our Orlando Store
At our Orlando Countertop Store, once you’ve chosen the material and format for your kitchen or bath counter space, it’s time to start the installation. Some of the additional charges involved in this process include:
Granite Countertop Store Installation Costs
|Materials (excluding granite)||$100-$200|
The total cost of installation, between $2,000 and $4,000, includes such details as edging and fabricating the stone. It may include a backsplash and cutouts for your sink or bar area. It depends on your professional, so be sure you ask when youre getting a quote. If the product is a slab, it will take anywhere from one to two days. If it is tile, it could take up to a day depending on dry time.
Cost to Replace or Remove Granite Countertops | Orlando Store
On average, the portion of installation that goes to removal and disposal is $100 to $200. This is relatively the same from one counter material to another. The price fluctuates according to the length of labor time more than it does according to the counter type.
If youre looking to save a few hundred dollars and do this yourself, you could end up ruining your cabinets in the process. Cabinets are frequently damaged when homeowners pull the counters themselves. If you are replacing an existing surface, whether it is currently granite or another material, factor in as little as $50 and as much as $300 for removal and disposal.
General Steps for Professional Installation
- 1. Remove and disconnect all appliances connected to the surface.
- 2. Remove the screws connecting the old countertop.
- 3. Use a crowbar to lift the old material off the base cabinetry.
- 4. The professionals will take measurements of the area to cut the product or figure out how many tiles they need.
- 5. The professionals will cut out the stone, if it’s slab, using a diamond-blade saw. Then he will polish and edge the stone. With tiles, he will create a “hidden countertop” to lay over the base cabinets.
- 6. The team will place the stone or the hidden surface over the base cabinets. They will then level it and hold it in place.
- 7. If the project deals with tile, the team will use grout and apply the materials. They will then leave it to dry.
- 8. The professionals will apply sealants and fillers to complete either format.
Estimator by Use
Average Costs for Granite Surfaces by Use
|Type||Average Size||Materials||Labor Charge*|
|Small Kitchen Counter||24'x72'||$500-$800||$250-$550|
|Average Sized Counter||24'x180'||$1,200-$1,800||$600-$1,500|
|Small Kitchen Island||40'x40'||$400-$700||$250-$500|
|Small Bathroom Vanity Top||22'x30'||$200-$300||$100-$200|
|Large Vanity Top||22'x72'||$450-$700||$250-$500|
|Bathroom Flooring (Tile)||60'x96'||$200-$600||$350-$650|
|Kitchen Flooring (Tile)||120'x120'||$500-$1,500||$800-$1,600|
*Labor includes delivery, fabrication and debris disposal at a rate of about $20 to $45 per square foot for slabs and $10 to $20 per square foot for tile flooring.
Comparing Granite Countertops to Other Stone Options in Orlando, FL
If you’re comparing granite with other natural stone options, consider the following:
Silestone, Corian and quartz offer fewer color and pattern options. Silestone and quartz countertops are more expensive to install Corian is easily scratched, dented and damaged by pansOther natural stones can be installed without seams
Orlando Store Cost of Granite vs. Quartz, Marble & more
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At our Orlando Countertop Store, Granite is rated the best because it is less expensive and easier to repair than other natural stone varieties. Restoring and repairing countertops costs $200 to $500, and repairing granite could cost as little as $200 and as much as $1,200. In the end, it comes down to what you want in terms of function, and how much you’re willing to spend. Consult with a countertop contractor if you’d like to learn more about how these natural stones measure up to one another.
How Much Do Granite Transformations Cost Per Square Foot?
Granite Transformations are typically $60 to $80 per square foot. With labor, you might pay closer to $100 to $130 per square foot. These are engineered granite slabs that are cut and measured to fit over existing counters. They save homeowners the expense of removing the existing counter, and the product is supposed to be more durable than regular granite. Putting it in is a quick and low-mess process. The product is sealed with their ForeverSeal product and comes with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. They must be measured and put in by a company trained in handling them.
Why is Granite So Expensive?
Truly, this natural stone has gotten much less expensive than it was a decade ago. Still, the price is determined by several factors, including:
Difficulty of quarrying and extracting the material.Difficulty of cutting and fabricating. For example, red and brown granite are harder in nature, making the cutting process more difficult.Availability and demand.
What is the Most Inexpensive Type of Granite for a Countertop at your store in Orlando, FL?
At our Orlando Countertop Store, the lowest-price options will come in remnant form or will be standard, level one materials.
What is the Most Expensive Type of Granite?
At our Orlando Countertop Store, Blue granite, such as the Blue Louise, is one of the most expensive types. It has a complex quarrying process and is very rareknown as super exotic. Super exotics are the most expensive and most intricate options.
How Much Does It Cost to Cut Granite?
On average, it is $300 to $500 to cut the stone and polish the edge. Your rate will depend on your area, how soft or hard the stone is and the type of edge you want.
DIY vs. Hiring a Pro Near You
Do not attempt to install a granite slab as a DIY project. The product is extremely heavy, and you could injure yourself and damage the stone if you mishandle it. The slab could buckle if it is not stored in the proper position.Granite tile work, much like with other natural stone tile work, is a little more DIY-friendly. However, there are a lot of ways that the job can go wrong without the proper experience with tools, grout and setting materials with mortar. Your surface could turn out unevennot a good state for a kitchen surface.
If you DIY this project, it could cost $600 to $2,400 for the stone, materials and tools, $600 for tileand $2,400 for slabs. This is versus the $2,000 to $4,500 range for professional work, the stone and materials.