Many customers ask us for square metre prices and are sometimes a bit put out when we refuse to work that way. This brief article tries to explain why a square metre price system really doesn’t work and wouldn’t make our quotation process as fair to our customers.
First of all, there is more to a worktop quote than simply the material cost. Templating, manufacture and installation are always a significant part of the quotation, and sometimes labour costs can exceed the material cost. Given that there are many options involved – curved corners, pencil round profile edges, different types of sink cutout, presence or absence of a hob etc. – the price can vary wildly for a given surface area.
Secondly, different kitchens, even having the same surface area of finished worktop, may have quite different materials costs because of the way slabs have to be cut to produce the worktops. Some slabs cost more; some worktops produce more wastage. We try to take this into account when quoting. The most efficient slab size to buy from us is the 2500x650mm – islands and longer slabs cost more per square metre.
Where a kitchen has a range or free-standing cooker between two L-shaped corners, it is often preferable to cut them in one piece, using larger slabs and polishing an internal corner to form each L-shape. This arrangement avoids a join, but means the use of more expensive slabs, some of which is thrown away, plus the cost of the special polishing involved
You can see the effects of all this in the two diagrams below, where the two kitchens have a very similar surface area of worktop…
The “per square metre price” can be seen to be a very unreliable guide when it comes to getting a clear view of what your kitchen worktops will cost, even in our stock materials. When we quote for bespoke colours and engineered stones that we do not stock it becomes even more irrelevant because it really depends on how many slabs we have to buy. Different manufacturers make quartz slabs at different sizes, and a few make half slabs. These factors make it impossible to establish a linear relationship between the wholesale per square metre slab price and the cost for any given kitchen.
We at Affordable Granite pride ourselves on our fair and open pricing and always aim to offer the best product for the customer’s needs at the right price, so for an accurate installed price please email your plan to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the sales team on 0845 330 1692