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Question DetailsAsked on 2/17/2015

what is more economical for labor and material..Kitchen counter in tile or granite? What is ball park price 10ft?

simple galley kitchen in apartment 10 feet long.

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Almost certainly tile - typically $10-30/SF, with around $13-20 being common for routine simple installations. (Note I said per SQUARE FOOT, not per lineal foot). Similar pricing for countertop and for backsplash footage.

True stone typically runs in the $60-140/SF range installed, though there are some quite cheap granites out of India and such out there going for below $35-40/SF installed.

For similar look with a "cultured" stone - meaning synthetic resin made to look similar to pretty much any stone you want but made of plastic, can be around or even under $40/SF installed for simple installations with standard factory-made products so basically just cutting to fit and installing. Commonly in $40-70/SF range.

Laminate countertop can come in any of hundreds of patterns too just like for flooring, and can run commonly in the $10-30/LF range like tile.

Note these are broad ballpark ranges, but enough to give you a ballpark idea to start talking to contractors about what you can do for your situation. Costs will be noticeably lower if no splices - just one continuous straight piece not exceeding 10 feet long with many materials (8 feet max with some for factory run, as opposed to custom builds).

If this is rented or leased apartment consider if you want to put a lot of money into it since you can't take it when you move, so commonly laminates (which can be sliced or melted) or tile (which takes heat and such better but can chip if abused, and has grout cleanign issues) are normally used for non-owned properties except when being installed by the building/ apartment/ condo owner as part of a higher-end upgrade to achieve higher rental rates.

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