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How Much Do Marble Countertops Cost In 2021?

Perhaps, you’re thinking of upgrading your bathroom and kitchen countertops this 2021? In that case, those elegant marble countertops you see in various showrooms can be one of your top choices for your countertop remodeling, right?

However, you’re having second thoughts because of the hefty rates of this natural stone, which brought you here to our place, right?

Fortunately, we are sharing in this reading important contents regarding the prices and factors affecting the average cost of the cheapest and most expensive marble stone. Continue reading to learn more about it, and if you need further assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us at KNC Granite.  

What’s the Running Market Price of Marble Countertops?

Marble is one of the earliest stones used by mankind in creating monuments and sculptures due to its soft nature and luxurious appearance. Today it’s one of the most in-demand materials for countertops, backsplash, and tiles used for home remodeling.

If you’ll be installing a 50 square foot marble countertop, then its possible cost is between $1,100 to $9,700, where its average cost is around $3,200.

Meanwhile, the market price of marble countertops for kitchen, bathroom, or any application is around $40 to $100 per square foot, where the usual cost is $60 per square foot.

If you need a free quote and design for your marble kitchen and bathroom vanity with tops, feel free to call us today.

Which is More Cost-Efficient: Marble Slabs or Tiles?

Technically, there’s no right or wrong decision when you select either marble slabs or tiles for your renovation because it depends on your purpose and budget. Nevertheless, if you want sturdier white marble countertops, then go for marble slabs (2-3 cm thick).

Furthermore, here are some of the prices for your marble slabs or tiles:

  • Marble tiles for your floors will cost around $8 to $10 per square foot, while marble floor slabs are priced at $11 to $21 per square foot.
  • Marble tile backsplashes offer a classic and bold beauty for your home, where its price is between $8 to $10 per square foot.
  • Meanwhile, you can also go for marble slabs for your backsplash where its running price is between $35 to $55 per square foot.

If you are on a budget and durability isn’t your top concern, then marble tiles will work well. However, if you want it to last longer against natural elements, then opt for marble slabs.

How much is the Average Cost to Install Marble Countertops?

Typically, we can breakdown the total cost of your marble kitchen and bathroom countertops into three: labor, material, and supplies. The percentages of each variable are as follows: 

  • Materials and customization: 80%
  • Installation cost: 15%
  • Supplies used for installation: 5%

Here’s a sample computation for installing a 40 square feet marble countertop:


  • Marble price: $60 per square foot
  • Total installation time: 10 hours
  • Installation cost: $40-$50 per hour


  • Material cost: 40 sq.ft. X $60 = $2,400
  • Labor cost: 10 hrs x $40/hr = $400
  • Average total cost: $2,800

This is just a sample computation and contractors can have varying prices for their material and labor for your installing your natural or engineered marble countertops. With that, you need to ask for a free estimate before signing a contract with them.

Also, we at KNC Granite can always give you the best price guarantee that fits your budget for your affordable marble kitchen and bathroom countertops.

What are the Different Types of Marble Countertops and their Respective Prices?

There are more than five types of marble countertops available in the industry and you can see each one of them in our showroom today. Moreover, we are featuring them below together with their corresponding estimated prices.


When you want the most affordable marble slab, then Carrara is your answer. It’s approximately priced at $40 per square foot, yet it can vary from one supplier to another. This marble is generally known for its light gray veining and white or bluish-gray background.


If Carrara is the cheapest, then Calacatta would be its counterpart, where it’s priced around at $180 per square foot. Unlike Carrara marble, this one has a more visible contrast with its off-white background and darker gray veining. Also, it has brown to gold undertones.


If you want something in the mid-range, then Statuario is your answer. It’s priced around $50 per square foot. It has a white background with gold to gray wider veining patterns. Also, it originated in Italy and requires sealing maintenance to seal off its pores.


It’s priced around $80 per square foot and Danby marbles are sourced in the United States. Compared to the previous marble types, Danby is denser so it has a less porous surface. 

Meanwhile, its background palette range from stark white to off-white. It has light to dark gray veining with brown to gold undertones.


This marble stone came from India and its estimated price is $12 per square foot. You don’t need to apply any coat for its glossy appearance since it’s smooth finish is already great. Overall, it has a creamy white background with light gray veining and gold to brown undertones.

Cultured Marble

This engineered marble is already water-resistant and glossy, so we can directly prepare and install it for you. Its approximate cost is $65 per square foot and it can have various colors to match your home decor.


It has parallel features with marble stones, where its background hues can range from white, creamy white, brown, and light brown. In the market, its estimated cost is $75 per square foot.

Pink Marble

This famous pink marble is sourced from Turkey where its estimated price is $30 per square foot. Its rose-pink background has random red veining which produces a stunning floral theme.

What are the Elements Influencing Marble Countertop Prices?

There is no fixed price for your elegant marble countertops because of the many factors affecting them. Nevertheless, what matters most, you get fair and honest pricing from a reputable contractor for your marble countertop installation.

Below are the common variables influencing the overall cost of your marble kitchen and bathroom vanity tops.

  • Thickness: Your marble slabs can be around 2cm or 3cm thick. The rule of thumb, the thicker your slab, the higher will be its unit cost.
  • Cutouts: If you plan to customize the cutouts in your marble counters, then there is a surge in labor cost. Typically, the cutouts will be for your sinks, faucets, and cooktops.
  • Edge profiles: Selecting the best edge profile for your marble countertops will impact its beauty and functionality. Rule of thumb, the more intricate the edge style, the higher will be the added cost.
  • The number of seams: Rule of thumb, the more seams present, means you are using several marble slabs or tiles for installation, which leads to higher labor costs.
  • Labor cost: The industry’s average hourly rate for installing marble countertops is $40 to $50 per hour, yet that can change to different contractors. With that, you need to ask for their labor cost.

At KNC Granite, we shall give you a reasonable rate and transparent free quotation for your marble countertop installation. You can call our office today for inquiries and onsite measurement.

What are the Different Marble Countertop Finishes To Choose From?

Besides the edge styles of your marble countertops, its finish will also make a significant contribution to its visual appeal. Fortunately, our technicians can seamlessly give you five different marble finishes. Here are the five of them:

  • Glossy finish: We will create a smooth and mirror-like finish to your marble countertops. It will flawlessly reflect all lights going to your marble counters, so it magnifies the brightness of your room.
  • Matte finish: We will leave your marble with a slightly rough finish, which can hide minor scratches and dents to your marble countertops.
  • Leathered: The outcome will be a non-glossy surface that is more suitable for dark-colored marble countertops.
  • Caressed: From your leathered finish, we will slightly polish it, which also contributes to its anti-stain properties.
  • Flamed: We will apply flame to your marble countertops at a 45-degree angle. The outcome will be a natural roughness on your countertop.

No matter what kind of marble finish you like, our team can efficiently do it for you.

Looking for A Reliable Marble Countertop Installer?

We at KNC Granite is a locally operated and owned supplier of marble, quartz, and granite countertops in Maryland. We have extensive experience and annual training for installing various countertops, including marble counters.

If you need a free quote and design for your new marble kitchen island and vanity tops, then give us a short call today. You can also visit our showroom anytime or check on us on Pinterest

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