How Much Does White Kashmir Granite Cost?
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White Kashmir is the lightest, brightest granite you can buy. It is the closest to the look of marble you can get with a granite, but it is much easier to maintain and much less expensive than marble.
White Kashmir is a creamy, off-whitish color with small pieces of grey, crimson, gold and/or light green. The color varies slightly from slab to slab: most varieties look off-white from a distance, although some appear grayish in color. White Kashmir compliments about any decor - opt for the clean look of white-on-white by pairing White Kashmir with white cabinets or go for eye-catching contrast with dark cabinets and floors.
Quarried in India, you might also find White Kashmir referred to as Kashmir White, Kashmire White or Cashmere White, among other names and spellings. These are all the same type of granite.
Cost of White Kashmir Granite
Compared to other granites, White Kashmir is on the affordable side. Granites are grouped into five price classifications - A, B, C, D and E - with A being the least expensive and E the most expensive. White Kashmir is a B.
(Keep in mind that price classifications do not simply reflect the quality of a particular granite. They also reflect the rarity.)
If you’re hiring a professional to install White Kashmir countertops, budget about $50 to $60 per square foot for the project. That includes fabrication and installation of your counters, but not delivery. Fancy edges, backsplashes and cutouts for the sink, faucets and stove will cost extra.
If you’re tackling the project yourself, the cost will be much lower. A prefabricated countertop slab with basic eased edges might run $200 to $300, while an island slab might cost $300 to $400. However, keep in mind that some companies require a minimum order of 10 pieces for those prices.
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Like all granites, White Kashmir is durable and long lasting. It is heat resistant and scratch resistant. White Kashmir is often used as a substitute for marble because the look is similar but the price is lower and the maintenance is easier.
However, as with all light granites, White Kashmir requires regular sealing to prevent stains, particularly from oils and anything red in color. Light granites are more porous than darker varieties, so they absorb liquids. It’s a good idea to seal the counters twice when they’re installed and at least every six months thereafter. Even after the counters are sealed, you’ll have to be more careful about promptly cleaning up stains than you would with darker granite counters.
If you’ve told people you’re considering White Kashmir counters, you’ve probably heard from some say that it’s not a “real” granite. In truth, different countries have different standards for what can be labeled granite. The United States and China do classify White Kashmir as a granite, although most of Europe does not.