Waterfall countertops are trendy right now but countertops using the waterfall design can be expensive. While traditional countertop fabrication ends at the edge of an island or peninsula, waterfall countertops extend past the sides and drop down to the floor. The contemporary element is a design style that works to showcase natural stone and help to make it waterproof. The sleek, dramatic look it creates is amazing.
If you are considering a waterfall countertop (probably for an island counter) for dining area or kitchen, these are variables to think about before the investment into a relatively expensive design style. Keep in mind that waterfall countertops using modern Silestone look best in contemporary-style kitchens. They might appear out of place in more rustic or traditional spaces.
These days, a slab of Silestone, marble, or granite can range from $75 to $120 per square foot. That price doesn’t include installation, which can add another $60 to $100 per square foot) plus a fabrication fee. The fabrication fee is $1,000 to $2,000 and covers the cost of a professional Silestone fabricator using a computer-controlled laser to cut and miter the edges so that they fit together seamlessly.
All in all, a waterfall countertop will likely set you back close to $6,000—about three times as much as a regular countertop.
Choosing a Reputable Silestone Fabricator is Key
In selecting a Silestone fabricator, he most important criteria should be their level of experience, what type of stone-cutting technology they use, and whether they’re affiliated with Silestone USA and/or another credible industry associations.
Waterfall countertop measurements should be left to the professionals.
Measuring your own space can spell disaster for your waterfall countertop. Even the slightest miscalculation can cause the seams not to fit together perfectly, costing you even more. It’s not worth it!
Waterfall Countertop Option: Sealing
Granite or Marble waterfall surfaces need to be resealed while Waterfall countertops made with Silestone don’t! For proper maintenance, marble or granite waterfall countertops will need to be resealed twice a year.
Other Waterfall Countertop Materials
If you are trying to save money, waterfall countertops can be made from just about any material. Though we wouldn’t recommend it, other material like concrete costs around $250 for a 3-foot by 5-foot island. There’s also wood, which runs about the the same price depending on the type of wood. Both wood and concrete are DIY friendly—so you can also save thousands on installation costs if you’re up for the challenge.