Perhaps you’ve narrowed countertop options for your new or remodeled kitchen to those with the look you want plus use and care requirements you’re comfortable with. This page will assist you with the third important factor in your choice – countertop prices that work within your budget.
Types of Kitchen Countertops
You’ve got attractive and durable options for countertops in a range of price categories. Knowing what you’ll demand from your countertops will help you select the right material within your budget.
Laminate countertops are the most affordable and are produced in styles that mimic costlier materials. Laminate handles food preparation well, though not high heat, and it is very easy to clean. Wood, natural stone and stained concrete countertops cost more and are gorgeous but must be sealed properly and regularly. Most require more care and caution than other types.
If you’d prefer a low-maintenance countertop or one more suitable to daily food preparation, then stainless steel, resin/solid surface, engineered stone, quartz, tile, porcelain and recycled glass are excellent choices and available in a range of prices from moderate to expensive.
Countertop Costs & Prices Sorted by Type
The table below is an itemized breakdown of material prices and labor costs. It has two purposes. First, the table allows you to compare countertop prices by material. Secondly, by reviewing all our cost pages, you can put together a complete kitchen remodel budget based on the materials you select. Note that if you’re removing a countertop material that is different than you’re installing, you’ll have to look in another row to find the correct removal cost.
Table 1: A Complete Overview of Kitchen Countertop Prices & Costs
|Type of Countertop||Material Cost (sq. ft.)||Installation Cost (sq. ft.)||Removal Cost (sq. ft.)||Total Cost (sq. ft.)|
|Wood Kitchen Countertops||$15-$60||$6-$12||$2-$3||$23-$75|
|Recycled Glass Countertops||$65-$90||$6-$12||$2-$3||$73-$105|
|Stainless Steel Countertops||$60-$90||$6-$12||$2-$3||$68-$105|
|Resin/Solid Surface Countertops||$40-$70||$6-$13||$2-$3||$48-$86|
|Reclaimed Wood Countertops||$35-$80||$6-$12||$2-$3||$43-95|
Factors Affecting the Cost
Most countertop types are available in a good/better/best spectrum for each material. The price ranges reflect their differences:
- The better the quality or grade of the physical material, the more it will cost
- Stone slabs cost 50% to 150% more than stone tiles, but tile installation labor costs are slightly higher
- Thicker slabs cost more than thinner materials
- Extra manufacturing steps such as a beveled edge for stone, acid staining for concrete or specialty coatings add cost
- Rare material, especially varieties of granite and marble that are less common than most, cost significantly more
Cost of living in your area will have an impact on where your total costs are on the spectrum, as it does in most other major purchases you make.
Who installs your countertops will also affect cost, and could affect the quality of the installation. General carpenters and handyman services cost less than experienced countertop specialists. If you’re using a designer or general contractor that is hiring the installer and coordinating the workflow, a premium will likely be charged for the service.
Ways to Save on Your Countertops
Choosing one of the more affordable materials or a lower grade of a pricier material will reduce cost. Removing old countertops is the easiest way to spend less, but as you can see from the table, you won’t save much. Installing the countertops has the potential reward of saving the entire labor cost minus the cost of tools and supplies. The risks of DIY countertop installation include having to pay for replacement or repair if something goes wrong.
The best way to get professionally installed countertops that look and perform as they should is to get estimates from several installers with a reputation for quality craftsmanship. The free, no-obligation service we offer takes the guess-work out of hiring kitchen contractors. The installers are pre-screened, licensed and insured for your protection.
Visitor Submitted Countertop Prices
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