Price of Granite Tops

Granite countertops bring elegance, sophistication and style to your kitchen or bathroom. Highly durable and less porous than melamine tops, granite is much more hygienic. 

Granite tops can be bought and installed yourself, or you could get a local granite top pro to install them for you. 
Below is a price breakdown for the cost of granite tops:

DescriptionMinimum Granite Tops Price per MeterMaximum Granite Tops Price per Meter
Labour and installation R500R750
Granite tops R1500 (in total)R3500 (in total)

What is the Cost of Granite Countertops? 

Apart from labour and installation, the cost of granite tops is per linear meter for the product only.

Here are some approximate prices of granite tops in South Africa

Description Approximate Price
Signature Stone Quartz Calcutta UltraR1870
Africa Range Juperana Tier GraniteR1430
Signature Stone Quartz CalcuttaR1870
Signature Stone Quartz CalypsoR1870
Africa Range Sage BrushR1430
Caesarstone GreyR1210
Caesarstone WalnutR1320
Caesarstone MochaR1540
Signature Stone Black HazeR1540
Signature Stone Quartz Royal GreyR2100
Signature Stone Quartz Adirondack BirchR1100
Signature Stone Quartz Abslute BlackR1100
Signature Stone Quartz Silver MistR1100
Signature Stone Quartz White ShimmerR1100
Africa Range Granite African TapestryR1430
Sigma Quartz CaramelR1210
Africa Range Granite Ivory CoastR1430
Granite Kalahari SpringR1320
Granite Zimbabwe BlackR1650
Granite RustenburgR880
Signature Stone Quartz CharcoalR1320

What Determines the Price of Granite Tops? 

The cost of granite countertops can vary greatly, and it all depends on the following: 

  • Type, quality and color of granite top chosen
  • Amount of granite needed
  • Labour and installation
  • Availability of granite

Type, Quality and Color of Granite Top Chosen

Granite comes in a wide range of beautiful colors and types. The quality of granite can also vary. 

Some colors of granite tops are very popular, which can make the price higher. Less popular colors and granite finishes can be cheaper. 

If you choose top-quality, high-grade granite, you can expect to pay more than standard types of granite. 

Amount of Granite Needed

The amount of granite needed for your kitchen or bathroom countertops will affect the price of your granite countertops. 

Larger slabs of granite for your kitchen will naturally cost more than smaller slabs that you need for your bathroom. 

Labour and Installation

Labour and installation of granite countertops are one of the main costs. The longer your granite top pro needs to spend installing your granite tops, the higher the labour and installation cost. 

You could opt to install your granite tops by yourself, but bear in mind that it will be time-consuming and you will need special equipment. 

Availability of Granite

Like all precious stones and minerals, certain types of granite can sometimes be hard to be come by. 

The lower the availability of a particular granite, the higher the final price will be. 

Installing Granite Tops Yourself

Installing granite tops yourself can save you a lot of money as you won’t have to pay for the labour and installation costs. 

Installing the actual granite countertops is quite easy but you might need to cut and seam some granite pieces, which is where it gets tricky.

If you want to install your granite countertops yourself, you might need the following equipment and tools: 

  • Plywood sheets
  • Circular saw with diamond blade
  • Caulk
  • Epoxy resin
  • Power drill
  • Safety gloves
  • Level
  • Seam stone
  • Putty knife
  • Screws
  • Silicone
  • Pencil
  • Wooden shims
  • Safety goggles
  • Jigsaw

As you can see, this is quite a long list of items and can be quite costly if you don’t already have most of them. 

Having your granite tops installed by a pro can therefore work out cheaper and it’s worth doing the calculations.

Why Should I Choose a Granite Pros to Install My Countertops? 

Your local granite pro has years of experience installing granite tops and can do the job professionally and quickly. 

Below are some other key reasons to use a granite top pro for installation: 

  • Granite can be brittle. Your granite countertop pro knows exactly how to handle brittle granite without damaging it.
  • Granite is very heavy. Lifting granite often requires 3 or 4 people.
  • You need to make sure your kitchen cupboards can handle the weight of the granite. A granite professional will immediately be able to tell if your kitchen cupboards will handle granite slabs.
  • Granite pros have the right tools and equipment.Using a granite top pro means you won’t have to buy expensive tools and equipment. 
  • A local granite pro will get the job done much quicker. Local granite pros are very used to installing granite and will get it done much quicker than you! 
  • No risk of costly errors. If you’ve never installed granite tops before, there is a big risk of making an expensive mistake. 
  • Less risk of injury. Installing granite requires using dangerous tools that can injure you if you are not used to them.