You might already have an opinion when it comes to the appearance of granite slab vs. granite tile. But there’s also the installation process to consider when you’re choosing between the two for your kitchen or bathroom countertops. So, we’ve put together a quick guide on installing granite slabs and granite tile countertops to help you decide which is best for your home.
The cost of installation
Granite tile is usually much cheaper to buy than granite slab because the tiles are thinner, meaning that less material is needed. It can also be a little cheaper to install. Shop around potential installers to compare prices. Some quotes for tile will be similar to the installation costs of granite slab, while others will be slightly lower, but there is not a significant difference here. Labor and installation costs will also depend on any extras like sealing and edging, so take this into consideration, too.
If you’re hoping to install your granite countertops yourself, then a slab is pretty much off the table. Unless you have a lot of experience with countertop installation, you should always rely on a professional to install a stone slab. Installing granite tiles is a little easier, so you may be able to do this yourself, but some former experience with this process is still recommended before you dive right in.
A lot of things can still go wrong if you’re unsure of the process, so we’d always recommend leaving countertop installation to the professionals for the best results. Plus, with professional installation, the grout lines between your tiles should be less noticeable, producing a more attractive end result.
In the unfortunate event your granite countertop becomes damaged and needs replacing (when simply repairing it won’t do the job), granite tile countertops can offer another potential advantage. If a slab countertop becomes damaged beyond repair, then it is likely to need replacing in its entirety. With granite tiles, however, you may be able to remove and replace the tile or tiles where the damage is located. Again, you should call a professional to take care of a job like this for you.
If you need countertop installation services for your home, whether it’s for tiles or a slab, then contact Amanzi Granite for our support around Kernersville, Winston Salem, Greensboro, and High Point. We can help you choose the perfect granite countertop for your home.