The Cost of Porcelain Compared to Granite and Quartz

Gray and white stone backsplash from Youngstown Granite & Quartz behind a stovetop in a kitchen.

When deciding on the right countertop for your home, there are many things to consider: durability, aesthetics, ease of maintenance, etc. But at the end of the day, perhaps the most crucial factor to think about is the price. 

Purchasing a countertop is a long-term investment. Since the caliber of the stone is directly correlated with its cost, a higher quality stone will be more expensive. But remember, if the stone is quality, that means it will last longer over time. And that’s when the investment kicks in. 

While granite and quartz are both popular and beautiful options, porcelain is another stone that homeowners have started to incorporate more frequently in their bathrooms, kitchens, and bar areas. Since porcelain is so new and has costs built in, it can be a more expensive material upfront. But the goal is that the quality of the material will pay for itself in the long run. Here are some of the factors that go into the price of porcelain. 

Price Factors 

Typically, the price for a countertop depends on the square footage. However, several other factors go into the end cost. The three costs that go into the end price are material, fabrication, and installation. 

Material 

There are many different types of porcelain on the market. That’s why you have to be careful when looking. While you might think you’re looking at a reasonable price for a porcelain countertop, you could be looking at thinner porcelain that isn’t going to last long for that application.  

The most effective porcelain slabs are 2 centimeters thick and combine breath-taking aesthetics with cutting-edge technology and durability. A good material remains unchanged over time and is suitable for indoor and outdoor spaces. Youngstown Granite & Quartz offers the highest quality porcelain on the market, which stands the test of time. 

Fabrication 

The fabrication process is another factor that goes into the price of porcelain. Youngstown Granite & Quartz uses robotic fabrication, laser templating, and CNC edging and cutouts for the most precise cuts for countertops. 

First, a custom laser template is formed by measuring a kitchen. That template is then fed into a CAD program that lays out the kitchen dimensions. The CAD program then sends the information to the machines on the floor, where the robots then do the fabrication.  

Installation 

A smooth robotic fabrication process leads directly into a smooth installation. The fabrication lays the kitchen out in the best way for your kitchen design, keeping in mind the type of stone you use. For installation, fabrication streamlines the process. Creating better-fabricated pieces makes the installation process much more manageable. So, while the fabrication process may raise the price, you can guarantee a perfect cut and more convenient installation process. 

Once the slabs are cut and prepared, they are brought into your home and laid on the bare counters, leveled and secured. 

Environmentally Safe 

Price is a very important factor to consider, but many people lean toward the most environmentally friendly material. Porcelain is extremely green, as it’s a 100% natural product that is made of raw and clay-based materials. Many people like the fact that their porcelain countertop could be recycled when they are finished using it.  

Youngstown Granite & Quartz Prices 

If you were to research the price of porcelain, the odds are you will get an answer between $40 and $100 per square foot. The reality is that researching porcelain isn’t as clear-cut as it may seem. Many people buy cheaper and thinner porcelain for other applications, but no one would want to put that type of porcelain on their countertops. 

Youngstown Granite & Quartz has the best porcelain on the market with the newest technology. We sell Atlas Plan slabs of porcelain, which are 2 centimeters thick, versatile, resistant, and visually stunning. Factoring in material, fabrication, and installation, this high-quality porcelain can go anywhere between $120 and $150 per square foot. 

Browse the Youngstown Granite & Quartz website and request a quote for porcelain for your countertops.