Are there any inexpensive granite look-alike counters on the market?

Answered by Brendan ~ March 19, 2010 ~ 5 Comments » | Respond to this question

We are newlyweds and recently closed on our first starter home in California. We don't have much cash to remodel our kitchen, which needs it desperately. We would love to invest in a granite countertop, but unfortunately, it's not in the budget right now. Instead, we would like to have a "granite look-alike" but want to stay away from laminate or anything cheap looking. Are there inexpensive alternatives to granite that hold up as well, and look like granite? For example, are there any concrete products that are made to look like granite countertops?

Cindy R. ~ Yuba City, California

Brendan Fowler

There are outfits that offer a granite like, countertop overlay, they are installed in one day and tend to be middle of the road price wise. Granite look alike products are often more expensive than real granite these days. If you pick prefabricated granite countertops they are often times the cheapest option. The catch with the pre-fabricated countertops is that they will not work in all kitchen layouts. I have even seen full-uncut granite slabs for as cheap as $300. If you factor fabrication costs on top of the $300 slab cost you are looking at low cost countertops. I would call a few contractors that do countertops and get some pricing on your options. There are regional price differences on products that may be expensive in one place and very cheap in another. Good Luck!

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