While kitchen counters may be the most significant element in any kitchen, their pricing is not easy to determine. Even though granite is probably shooting across your mind, there are other great countertops that homeowners are using across the country.
Whether it’s corian, concrete, marble or any other material, we have determined a ballpark estimate for all kitchen countertops. So before you remodel your current kitchen or gut the kitchen in your new home, be sure to review the cheapest and most expensive kitchen counters.
As our loyal readers know, it’s quite difficult to determine the exact price for anything in the home. Whether it’s windows, floors, cabinets or doors, given the ample amount of materials, approximate numbers just don’t exist. When it comes to countertops, you need your exact material and size picked out. For those who simply want a ballpark figure for countertops, expect to pay anywhere between $30 and $60 per square foot.
Laminate counters are always the cheapest option on the block. Those looking to save a penny will be interested in laminate, but homeowners who can afford more expensive options should consider laminate as well. Laminate counters can match many kitchen designs and is very easy to install. The drawbacks will come in the shelf life. It’s certainly not as durable as the other options discussed and can chip easily.
Overall, homeowners can expect to pay $31 per square foot for materials, delivery and labor.
Traditionalists will go with tile counters. Tile gives the homeowner a wide range of options with colors, allowing you to go as bold or traditional as you want. They can fit any home style and are resistant to stains, heat or knifes.
Grout is something all tile counters will attract, so be sure to maintain and clean it as often as possible.
Other than laminate, tile is usually the cheapest option on the block.
According to ImproveNet data, expect to pay approximately $31 per square foot for tile counters.
Butcher Block Countertops
Rustic lovers will certainly want to look into butcher block counters. The butcher block design is quite elegant and it allows serious chefs to use the surface as a cutting board if desired. However, should you choose to cut vegetables or raw meat on your butcher block counters, we highly recommend constant cleaning. Butcher block is very susceptible to bacteria contamination given wood’s porous nature. Don’t be surprised if you have to repair your butcher block counters once or twice.
Expect to pay around $37 per square foot for butcher block counters.
Bonus Tip: Price can go up depending on the type of wood you use.
Marble counters come in the middle of our kitchen counter spectrum, but that extra price comes with extra perks. Marble is the ideal counter for those of us who want the kitchen to be the focal point of the entire home. It’s beauty and design makes it one of the premier kitchen counters.
Despite its design advantages, the same can’t be said for its usability or durability. Chips and scratches can happen very easily. If you are a regular chef in your kitchen, be sure to limit marble counters.
Expect to pay $40 per square foot for materials, delivery and installation.
Corian or Acrylic Countertops
When it comes to solid surfaces, corian is rarely overlooked. It’s a part of the acrylic family and is very easy to clean and maintain. It also comes in a wide array of colors, but given its durable material, it is more expensive that many other counters.
Expect to pay $58 per square foot for materials, delivery and installation.
There is no question that granite is the most popular kitchen counter. It’s natural colors and durability makes it the star of its field. It can stand up to heat, cuts and nearly all wear and tear. If you are installing granite counters, be sure to put in a strong cabinet base, as granite is one of the heavier counters on the market.
Despite popular opinion, granite counters are not always the most expensive out there.
Granite prices start at $35 per square foot, but can go up to $100.
Concrete countertops are not used often, mainly because of their high price point. Since concrete does not match the tone and design of many kitchens, it often has to be treated. Additionally, this is not a DIY project, which will certainly drive up your installation costs.
Expect to pay somewhere in the near vicinity of granite when it comes to concrete counters.
If I had to pick one up and coming countertop, quartz would be it. Quartz counters are made mostly of organic materials and are becoming a popular substitute to granite. Sometimes, it’s even hard to distinguish the two. However, as you can expect, the high price point comes with it as well.
Expect to pay somewhere in the near vicinity of granite when it comes to quartz counters.
Soapstone has hit its stride in the countertops market and given its beauty and color change, I can’t blame homeowners for going with one of the more expensive options. Believe it or not, its color deepens over time, ensuring that you will never get bored with your countertop color.
Nevertheless, soapstone doesn’t stand up to scratches as well as some of the other counters discussed in this article. It may also crack over time and requires more maintenance than almost any other countertop.
Expect to pay $70 per square foot for materials, delivery and installation.
This counter is much like soapstone, in that it requires a fair amount of maintenance and is more expensive. However, many of our green readers will certainly want to look into this earth-conscious countertop. Paper composite is made from paper pulp that is bonded together with water-based resins. It’s durable and can withstand heat and water. They require occasional sanding or polishing with mineral oil.
Expect to pay $85 per square foot for materials, delivery and installation.
There are few areas of the home that give you more options than your kitchen counters. As you can see, the prices range as low as $31 per square foot for laminate or tile and as high as $85 for paper composite. Before you choose your kitchen counters, be sure to do your research and never go beyond your budget.
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