Want to add lasting flair and function to your space with gorgeous granite that glistens? We’re breaking down what you can expect to pay for quality benchtops and more in Perth.
What looks more grand than granite? From flooring to benchtops, this sturdy and stunning stone can look like a million bucks in your home or garden.
But that doesn’t mean you want to spend a million to get it.
Luckily, you’ll be able to upgrade to granite surfaces, benchtops, and countertops without breaking the bank. But there are instances where pricing can vary, options abound, and things can get downright confusing.
Using average costs here in Perth, a natural granite benchtop will range between $400 to $2,000 per m2 while granite pavers and tiles both generally run between $40 to $100/m2. From the start, it’s clear that the size of your project surface will have a big impact on your total cost.
These ranges are also rather wide, so how can you actually create a budget? To help, we’re walking you through the entire process to cover, not only what granite costs in Perth, but also what to look for as you start (or complete) your search for the perfect material.Looking for granite benchtop prices? Check our ‘How Much Do Granite Benchtops Cost in Perth’ guide
Is granite worthwhile over other materials?
Well, which other materials are we talking about here?
Consider that granite can be used for benchtops as well as surrounds and ground covering, so we’ll start by breaking it down into two categories: surfaces and flooring.
Granite benchtops vs. everything else
There’s no shortage of options when it comes to countertop surfaces. The most common materials that you’ll probably be comparing granite to include:
- Engineered stone
- Stainless steel
When you hold granite up to any of these, some of the differences become instantly obvious. Granite is usually considered the most aesthetically attractive option, perhaps closely followed by marble. But this is also a matter of preference.
After form comes function. Granite is durable, heat resistant, smooth, and eco friendly. When sealed properly, it’s also stain, water, bacteria, and generally gunk resistant. Just wipe clean with water, and you’re all set. Laminate simply isn’t durable, while stainless steel can dent or scratch, and timber requires a lot of extra care to keep it looking like new.
Granite is not only family friendly, but long-lasting and easy to care for. Compared to other benchtop materials, granite is a clear winner in our book.
Granite tiles vs. wall and floor surfaces
Want the same benefits of durability, water resistance, and maintenance we saw above for benchtops but on your floors, as your backsplash, or lining your shower walls? It’s possible with granite!
Porcelain, vinyl, marble, slate, and ceramic tiles can’t hold up to the features and natural beauty of granite. Since it’s bacteria resistant, it’s also much easier to keep clean in kitchens and bathrooms. Where ceramic tiles can crack from too much force, granite tiles stand up to whatever stands up on it.
Bonus: Go outside with your granite
Did we mention you can use granite outside? Granite as a rock is incredibly durable, so much so that you can use it in outdoor kitchens without worrying about what the elements will do to it.
What’s more, granite rock pavers can be used to create patios and pathways in gardens and even around pools. There’s no need to worry about slippery surfaces since these tiles are finished with an anti-slip grip to keep everyone safe.
Common reasons why granite costs in Perth vary
With granite as the front runner material both inside and outside the home, you’re probably extra ready to start pricing it out. But before you can align your aesthetic with your budget, it’s important to understand why granite is more expensive than others.
Aside from how different sellers can establish different costs as they see fit (without much mind for customer budgets), there are some factors that influence price. Here are the top three:
As with pretty much anything in home improvement, the more material you need, the more it will cost. This is especially true of granite, which is a very labour intensive and heavy material to transport and install. There will be baked-in costs for delivering the slab(s) to your home as well as the number of people needed to prep and move it into place.
One of the most appealing aspects of granite is how unique it is. After all, it’s a natural stone, so no two pieces can be the same. But certain trends can command higher price points due to supply and demand in the market. For example, slabs with very uniform color or patterning are often pricier.
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Some colours also occur naturally less often, such as blues and reds. When materials are rarer, providers tend to charge more.
Granite is mined across the world. To get those granite slabs to Western Australia, they need to be loaded on ships and sent across the oceans. Trucks and trains can then transport them to warehouses (like Granite Warehouse!) where customers can choose from available stock.
But the farther a slab has to travel, the more it is likely to cost. After all, these materials rack up costs for quarries, supplies, transporters, and distributors. And since granite is incredibly heavy, many trucks and containers can only be partially filled for transport, reducing usable space because overloading the vehicle will only leave it at a standstill.
So, how much does granite cost in Perth?
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We know you hate that answer, but all of the aforementioned factors play into the average granite cost in Perth. So does installation. Materials and install are both calculated in terms of square metres. Having a professional installer measure your space accurately will help you accurately order your materials. From there, it’s a matter of which actual granite you go with.
On average, a natural granite benchtop cost in Perth will range between $400 to $2,000 per m2. The table below goes into a bit more detail for the costs depending on colors and patterns in the granite.
|Granite Colourway||Average Cost per m2|
|Dark Colour||$400 to $550|
|Medium Colour||$550 to $700|
|Light Colour||$650 to $800|
|Rare Colour (Blue/Red)||$700 to $1,200|
Please Note: These are just the costs for the material itself, not labor, delivery, or cut outs.
What about granite pavers for the ultimate backyard upgrade? Or that shower stall surrounded with natural stone? Granite tiles of both types start on average at $40/m2. They can go up in price up to $100/m2 depending on colourway or pattern you choose.
As you price out your project – no matter how big or how small – keep in mind that granite tiles, pavers, and benchtops are designed to last for decades.
Need one more incentive? Adding granite can increase the value of your home up to 25% of the cost you put into the material. Not that you’ll want to leave once you have the kitchen, bathroom, and/or garden design of your dreams.
Do this before you spend a cent on new granite…
When you buy a product of any kind – from granite benchtops to a portable vacuum cleaner – features and function are usually the name of the decision game. Type, budget, colour, size, availability, and just whether or not you like the item are all important considerations.
But don’t overlook the importance of choosing a quality vendor for your granite (or a vacuum, for that matter).
Make sure you ask these questions before you make a purchase:
- Do you offer a warranty on your products?
- What workmanship guarantees are included?
- Do you have a showroom with samples?
- Is your installation done with in-house teams?
- Is your inventory in stock or on order?
- Can I see the actual slab I am considering in person?
- How many years of experience do you have working with granite?
- How do you price out your materials and labor?
- Do you offer design services for home improvement jobs?
Go with Granite Warehouse for all your natural stone surfaces
In sum, granite is a variable cost product that adds quality, design, and even resale value for your home.
No matter what you spend, if you go with a quality provider and installer, you’re sure to be happy with your investment. On average, granite costs in Perth run between $400 to $2,000/m2 for a benchtop and between $40 to $100/m2 for tiles or pavers. But of course, the different style, size, or customisation you need will impact the price for your exact project.
If you’re ready to choose granite for your home or business, Granite Warehouse is ready to help! As distributors of granite throughout Western Australia, we only select the best raw materials for you to add to your home. Our team has over 25 years of experience specifically working with granite, and 40 total years in the building industry.
Above all, we pride ourselves on helpful customer service. Granite Warehouse offers a clean, well-lit showroom with Perth’s largest selection of granite. And our staff is always standing by to help you make the best choice for your needs.
Visit our Malaga showroom – with over 200 types of stone products – or call us on 08 9209 2620 with any questions you might have.