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Granite Countertop Prices

Is the cost of granite countertops a budget-buster? HGTV wades through the hype to find out if granite is within reach.

Although design experts for years have cautioned that granite's popularity is on the decline, the material accounted for 56 percent of kitchen-countertop sales in 2010.

According to market-research company NPD Group, recent years have revealed only a slight change in granite's domination. What's more, granite has become the material of choice (next to the more expensive marble surface) for homeowners looking to increase the resale value of their homes. Granite is a material sought by savvy consumers wanting to collect a return on their hefty investment.

Just how hefty is the investment? Expect granite countertop prices to range between $45 and $200 per square foot, including installation. One way to cut down on granite countertops' price is to opt for a thinner slab—use a 3/4-inch-thick stone instead of the typical 1-1/4 inches.

Another way to get the beautiful look of granite, but for a fraction of the cost, is to use granite tiles instead of slabs.

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