Why is granite pricing so mysterious?
We are seriously looking for our granite slabs at this point in our build. Every stone yard we go to don't post prices of the slabs they have on display. They just want to know who our fabricator will be. They walk us around their indoor/outdoor facilities and let us tag slabs that we like and tell us to have our fabricator contact them. All we know is there is A, B, C, and D grades...D being the best, but they give zero indication of the cost.
What is the reason behind this? They won't sell slabs to individuals, they say they are 'wholesalers' and that the public can't buy the slabs themselves.
I understand a lot of the cost of the granite installation is the work laying it out, transporting, cutting and putting the edge on the stone. I just find it odd how secretive the whole process seems to be.
On top of the secrecy, our 'budget' allows for $40 per square foot. After sending the builder and granite fabricator he uses, our choices run $65 and $75 per square foot. That's an additional cost to us (over budget) of either $3200 or $4500 just for the granite. We apparently have 128 square feet of granite. I told the builder his that I thought his 'standard' granite is way too cheap, $40 per square foot just seems low, especially if nobody tells you the prices while you are out shopping for the stone. Now we have fallen in love with the $65-$75 stuff....I hate these expensive lessons we are learning along the way!
BTW, we are going with Delicatus Gold or New Colonial Cream.
What are your thoughts?