How Much do Different Countertops Cost?


house project calculatorOnce you’ve established the budget for your bathroom or kitchen remodeling project, the next step is to identify the types of countertops that fit into the budget.  Knowing how much different countertops cost may also help you decide just how much countertop space makes sense for you, allowing you to rework the plans early in the project, if needed. In this countertop guides article we will discuss the differences in cost to help you in choosing the right one for you.

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These countertop price comparison ranges will provide a guideline so you can rule in or rule out certain materials you are considering.  The prices we give are installed prices.  With very good skills and the right tools, you might be able to save money by doing it yourself.  And then again, you might ruin a $1,500 slab of granite.  Learn all you can about installation and know your skill level before you tackle the job.

Cost of Marble Countertops

Marble may be the costliest countertop material you consider.  There are a few different grades of marble, but none could be considered cheap. Some of the world’s finest sculptures are marble. You pay for the rich luxury and lustrous beauty of marble.   Marble countertops: $125-$250 per square foot.

Granite Countertop Prices

The price of granite rivals marble and so does its natural splendor.  This is a high-end countertop that can take a kitchen from good to great.  Granite countertops: $100-$225 per square foot. Click Here for a complete breakdown of granite countertop pricing.

Engineered Quartz Prices

Sometimes just referred to as quartz, other times called engineered stone, this is gorgeous stuff. It offers a wider variety of colors than granite and can also hold up better under certain conditions, even if it can’t quite match granite’s raw beauty.  Engineered quartz countertops: $100-$185 per square foot. Click Here for a complete breakdown of engineered quartz countertop pricing.


Cost of Concrete Counters

This isn’t the stuff they make sidewalks from, though it shares some characteristics.  A Concrete countertop is trendy, stylish and can be very handsome in any kitchen.  They are certainly above average in cost, too.  Concrete countertops: $70-$140 per square foot.

Stainless Steel Countertop Prices

For a modern, clean, low-maintenance, efficient look, nothing tops stainless steel.  It’s a top choice for gourmets who need kitchen countertops that are fit for their passion.  Stainless steel countertops: $75-$140 per square foot.

Solid Surface Counter Prices

Tough acrylic is the basis for these innovative and durable countertops.  Corian and Swanstone are leading brands and offer the most colors and patterns, many of which are modeled on the patterns found in granite or marble.  A solid surface countertop is a beautiful alternative to pricier materials and require less maintenance. Solid surface countertops: $75-$120 per square foot.

Cost of Recycled Glass Countertops

For those who want their countertops and backsplashes to be colorful and creative, as well as giving a boost to the environment, love the look of a recycled glass countertop. The material isn’t costly but the process and artistry can be.  Recycled glass countertops: $50-$125 per square foot.


Wood or Butcher Block

Warm, traditional and very attractive wood and butcherblock countertops are also a top choice for those who love to work in the kitchen.  New woods are being added to the lineup of butcher block and wood countertops every year, creating a wide variety of pricing.  Butcher block or wood countertops: $35-$200 per square foot.

Tile Counter Prices

Ceramic tiles come in wide range of prices and there are enough colors and styles to match any taste.  Depending on the size, shape and quality of the material, tile countertops can be affordable or quite pricey.  Tile countertops: $20-$75 per square foot.

Laminate Counters

Laminate is the most affordable material for use in countertops.  It comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, many of which are created to look like granite, marble or other high-end materials.  Most laminate countertops are attractive and surprisingly durable.  Laminate countertops: $20-$50 per square foot.

As you can see, the prices vary wildly, and depending on the part of the country (or world!) you're in, they can vary even more.  Natural stone materials are extremely heavy, and if you're far from where the stone is sourced, you can expect to pay up for it!  If you're looking to replace your countertops, it's a great idea to hire a reputable contractor.  If you're more of a DIY-er, you can make some improvements to your existing countertops to bring them up to spec, such as bullnozing the edges and so forth.  It's amazing what re-polishing your natural stone countertops can do for their beauty.

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