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What Is The Average Countertop Installation Cost?

Most homeowners spend between $2,032 to $3,131 nationally.
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Kitchen countertops can make or break the room. Luckily, there are tons of different countertop materials to choose from. On the other hand, it can be a challenge narrowing down all of the options and selecting the right countertop for your kitchen. ImproveNet is here to solve this dilemma.

See all countertop prices below and how you can reduce your countertop installation cost. Then, let us help you find countertop contractors near you ready to replace your kitchen countertops.

National Install Countertops Costs

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$2,719

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$125

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$6,025

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National Average Cost $2,719
Minimum Cost $125
Maximum Cost $6,025
Average Range $2,032 to $3,131
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How do we get this data? This info is based on 5944 cost profiles, as reported by ImproveNet members.

Table of Contents

  1. Countertop Prices
  2. Countertop Costs By Material
  3. Countertop Installation Cost
  4. Cost To Replace Countertops
  5. Natural Stone Countertops
  6. Solid Surface Countertops
  7. Concrete Countertops
  8. Traditional Countertops
  9. How To Decrease Your Countertops Cost
  10. Find A Countertop Contractor

Countertop Prices

As you will soon see, countertop material costs have quite a range. In fact, we have seen countertop materials cost as little as $4/sf and as high as $250/sf. Additionally, every countertop replacement or installation project is different. Some require the removal of the old countertops while others require less cutting and more staining. Finally, labor prices heavily defer based on location and expertise.

Nonetheless, if you’re simply looking for a ballpark countertop installation cost, expect to pay somewhere between $2,000 and $5,500.

Countertop Costs By Material

As we said earlier, perhaps unlike any other home element, you have more options then you’ll ever need when it comes to countertop replacement. From stone and tile to wood and laminate, the world is your oyster when it comes to bathroom and kitchen countertops.

While every countertop comes with its fair share of pros and cons, price is usually the ultimate factor. As such, we found the minimum and maximum prices for 27 different countertop materials. For more details, select the countertop material you’re considering.

Countertop

Minimum Price

Maximum Price

Ceramic Tile Countertops

$4/sf

$8/sf

Acrylic Countertops

$12/sf

$23/sf

Formica Countertops

$16/sf

$28/sf

Laminate Countertops

$25/sf

$36/sf

Bamboo Countertops

$30/sf

$80/sf

Solid Surface Countertops

$34/sf

$63/sf

Granite Countertops

$34/sf

$75/sf

Soapstone Countertops

$36/sf

$100/sf

Engineered Quartz Countertops

$38/sf

$55/sf

Wilsonart Solid Surface Countertops

$38/sf

$75/sf

Butcher Block Countertops

$40/sf

$57/sf

Marble Countertops

$40/sf

$100/sf

Caesarstone Countertops

$40/sf

$100/sf

Paperstone Countertops

$40/sf

$112/sf

Avonite Countertops

$40/sf

$140/sf

Slate Countertops

$40/sf

$200/sf

Onyx Countertops

$40/sf

$250/sf

Swanstone Countertops

$41/sf

$63/sf

Corian Countertops

$41/sf

$65/sf

Terrazzo Countertops

$47/sf

$98/sf

Concrete Countertops

$55/sf

$185/sf

Quartz Countertops

$60/sf

$115/sf

Zodiaq Countertops

$65/sf

$87/sf

Limestone Countertops

$67/sf

$200/sf

Glass Countertops

$75/sf

$105/sf

Recycled Glass Countertops

$75/sf

$106/sf

Vetrazzo Countertops

$85/sf

$165/sf

Copper Countertops

$90/sf

$140/sf

Countertop Prices

Countertop Installation Cost

As you can see, prices range quite a bit. Widening that range even further is the labor cost. All countertop prices above are for materials only. They do not include professional installation. Given that new or replacement countertops often have to be cut and are very heavy, many homeowners hire professional countertop contractors.

If you plan to hire a pro, keep the following cost factors in mind to reduce your final countertop installation cost:

  1. Experience: Tenured countertop contractors usually charge more than pros just starting out. Likewise, a countertop pro that is busy usually charges more than a contractor who has an opening. As such, always get at least three quotes for your countertop project.
  2. Countertop Removal: If you’re replacing your current countertops, you’ll have to get rid of them before you install your new countertops. To ensure no cabinets get ruined, most pros offer countertop removal as well. This will of course raise your countertop price.
  3. Countertop Cutting: Before you purchase any countertop, you have to measure, measure and measure again. However, no matter how many times you measure, mistakes do happen. When they do, your countertop contractor will have to cut your counter to make sure it fits. Depending on your material, this may not be the easiest job. As you’d expect, the harder the material, the more you’re going to pay.
  4. Plumbing: Depending on your new kitchen design, some homeowners have to move certain plumbing pipes. Many countertop pros can do this, but others can’t and have to call in a plumber. The average price to hire a plumber is $278.
  5. Other Costs: Finally, there are a few other tasks that must be done for most countertop materials. Before you hire any countertop contractor, ask them about edging, grouting and sealing costs. You may not have to do all three for your counters, but you should account for the possible cost nonetheless.

Cost To Replace Countertops

Countertop installation and countertop replacement are very similar and more often than not, their prices are comparable. With countertop installation, your contractor won’t have to remove current counters or move around certain pipes. However, countertop installation usually involves more prep work and cutting than replacement. All in all, whether you’re replacing existing counters or installing brand new kitchen countertops, expect your final countertop price to range between $2,000 and $5,500.

Countertop Costs By Material

Natural Stone Countertops

Countertops are made from a wide range of materials, but fortunately, they can be broken down into certain categories. Perhaps the most sought-after countertop category is natural stone. Stone countertops are beautiful, durable and valuable when it comes to selling your home. Despite their natural substance, these countertops can chip and require repairs. Considering the average countertop repair cost is $340, you must take drawback into consideration before any countertop installation project.

Nonetheless, if you’re considering natural stone countertops, the following must be pondered:

Granite Countertops

With a minimum cost of $34/sf, granite is not light on the wallet. Over the years, granite has quickly become one of the most popular natural stone countertops. Granite can stand up against hot temperatures, making them an ideal countertop for both kitchens and bathrooms. Also, granite offers as many color combinations as any other countertop. No matter your kitchen or bathroom design, there is a granite counter to match.

On the downside, granite is not cheap and can crack like other natural stone counters. To save money, you can install granite tiles, but more often than not, a granite slab is much more desirable than individual tiles.

Soapstone Countertops

A more durable natural stone counter, yet in the same price range, is soapstone. Soapstone counters are unaffected by acids and alkalis in cleaning fluids. Therefore, you can essentially use any cleaning solution and not worry about ruining your soapstone countertops. Additionally, these counters are resistant to bacteria, making them perfect for both the bathroom and kitchen.

A few drawbacks include susceptibility to scratches as well as weathering to a dark charcoal over time. You can reduce both with certain mineral oils, but over time, your soapstone counters won’t look the same as the day you installed them.

Countertop Installation Cost

Slate Countertops

Slate counters are a bit more expensive than granite or soapstone. Slate has a more uniform look, making it easier to match any kitchen or bathroom design. Slate is also a nonporous surface that does not attract or harbor bacteria. The waterproof quality makes it easy to clean and air-dry.

Slate is not as flashy as granite or marble. If you want your countertop to be the focal point of your kitchen, slate is probably not the best choice. It works best in rooms with bold focal points like a dramatic backsplash. Like other natural stone counters, slate can chip, especially along the edges.

Marble Countertops

As the crown jewel of natural stone counters, marble is bright, durable and has remained in vogue for years. Yes, marble can get expensive, but you won’t find a brighter or easier to clean countertop on the market. Finally, those who love to cook and bake love marble countertops. Kneading and rolling dough are much easier activities on a shiny surface without residual stickiness.

The primary issue with marble for kitchen countertops is etching. Etching will happen with marble and there is no way to prevent this. Etching typically occurs through contact with acidic food or drinks. Obviously, this is unavoidable if the marble is used in the kitchen.

Limestone Countertops

If you want a countertop that won’t fade or change over time, limestone is the countertop for you. Limestone maintains its appearance as it ages and has been used in many applications during the last two centuries. Limestone is heat-resistant, versatile and easy to mold. Therefore, if you have a complicated countertop layout, limestone could be easier to fabricate as opposed to other natural stone countertops.

The primary disadvantage of limestone is the cost. It’s more expensive the other stone countertops mentioned. Additionally, because limestone is light, it’s easier to stain. To avoid, you’ll have to clear spills ASAP. Sadly, constant attention to spills augments the additional maintenance limestone counters require.

Cost To Replace Countertops

Solid Surface Countertops

On a similar pricing spectrum are solid surface countertops. Unlike natural stone, solid surfaces are made via a combination of acrylic, polyester or both. They look very similar to natural stone, but are resistant to scratches and other bumps you typically get with stone counters.

The most popular type of solid surface countertops are:

Corian Countertops

Corian is a type of acrylic or a crossover of laminate and granite and is quickly gaining steam across the country. Corian counters are easy to clean and they come in a wide variety of colors to suit any home. More expensive than both wood and laminate countertops, Corian will generally cost $5,807 per 100 square feet for materials, delivery and installation.

On the downside, Corian does not do well with heat, so you must be careful if installing in the kitchen. Corian demands special maintenance and is not an environmentally-friendly or sustainable material.

Quartz Countertops

One of the trendiest countertops on the market is quartz. While quartz countertop prices can climb to $115/sf, its natural beauty and unique patterns can’t be matched. In fact, due to its earthy coloring, no two pieces of quartz countertops look the same. If you want to be different than your neighbors, go with quartz.

Beyond price, quartz has a very contemporary look to it. To some, this works out perfectly; for others, quartz isn't going to work with traditional or rustic kitchen designs.

Wood Countertops

Wilsonart Countertops

If you want a solid surface counter, but spend less, Wilsonart is a terrific choice. Wilsonart solid surface countertops are a type of decorative laminate surface, yet is often mistaken for granite or quartz. Wilsonart counters can easily be refinished if stained. Wilsonart refinishing costs range between $1/sf and $5/sf. Finally, you can clean Wilsonart counters with virtually any cleaner. You won’t find that flexibility with most counters.

Like other solid surface counters, Wilsonart countertops do not mix well with heat. Furthermore, they’re not as durable as stone countertops. Unless you occasionally hire a countertop contractor to maintain these counters, they will fade and become damaged over time.

Avonite

If you enjoy versatility, Avonite could be your answer. Avonite sheets can be shaped to accommodate specific designs using a thermoforming process to bend the product. Therefore, Avonite can also be used for backsplashes. You won’t have this option with many countertop materials. Finally, manufacturers have a lot of flexibility in terms of colors. Therefore, if you want a funky countertop look, Avonite should strongly be considered.

In addition to not standing up to heat as well as other counters, Avonite does put off a plastic appearance and is not popular for potential homebuyers. Furthermore, like most countertop materials, due to the fabrication process, installing Avonite counters is not a DIY project.

Concrete Countertops

If price is not a factor and you have an artful flair, concrete counters are calling your name. Concrete counters are quickly becoming the building material of choice for upscale kitchens and bathrooms. Beyond the actual counter, many homeowners consider their concrete counters an art piece and focal point. There isn’t a countertop material out there that demands a room like concrete.

While concrete is more expensive (prices start at $55/sf) and requires more maintenance (resealing and waxing), each concrete countertop has personality, feels organic and aligns with contemporary interiors, industrial décor and rustic looks.

Solid Surface Countertops

Traditional Countertops

Finally, there are traditional countertops that provide affordable price points as well as functional surfaces. Some of the following counters have fallen out of vogue over the last couple of years, but they’re still a mainstay in many kitchens across America.

If you need to save some cash on your countertop project, consider the following traditional countertops:

Laminate Countertops

With a starting price of just $25/sf, it’s understandable why so many homeowners installed laminate counters years ago. Laminate counters resist grease and are simple to clean. While laminate counters are made of plastic, they can take a beating. They come in a wide array of colors and unlike most natural stone or solid surface counters, installing laminate counters is easy. That means less labor costs or even, an afternoon DIY project.

Of course, laminate countertops come with a few disadvantages as well. Laminate can’t handle hot surfaces. In fact, placing a hot pan on the surface can cause it to melt. You can’t repair laminate, so your only option is replacement. Finally, laminate is cheaper because it’s made of an inexpensive material. Its appearance reflects that.

Ceramic Tile Countertops

The most affordable countertop on the market is ceramic tile. With prices starting at just $4/sf, it’s no wonder why some many Americans installed ceramic tile counters years ago. They’re not as popular today as they were in the early 2000s, but they’re easy to add and can even be installed over other counters. Ceramic tile counters are resistant to heat and acid, and with proper care, can last for years.

For drawbacks, tile counters crack easily. You have to be careful placing heavy objects on the counter. If a tile breaks, you have to replace it. Repairs are not possible. And finally, ceramic tile grout is very hard to maintain. You’ll have to clean ceramic tiles more often than other countertop materials.

Butcher Block Countertops

In rustic or country-style kitchens, wooden countertops are a popular option. The butcher block design is still quite elegant, and it allows serious chefs to use the surface as a cutting board. The resulting nicks and scratches can add character to the surface. These counters cost more than ceramic tile or laminate, but are cheaper than most natural stone and solid surface counters.

As you might expect, if you use your butcher block counter for cutting, it will require regular maintenance. You should gently clean it with soapy water and quickly dry it. Food-grade mineral oil should be applied to the wood on a weekly basis to protect it from daily use. Once a year, the butcher block countertops should be sealed with a sealant that is safe for food preparation.

Concrete Kitchen Countertops

How To Decrease Your Countertops Cost

While the cost of kitchen countertops widely depends on the counter of choice, believe it or not, there are ways to lower your total countertop price. Beyond choosing stingier countertop materials, consider the following tactics to lower your countertop cost.

  • DIY: Try to install the countertop yourself. This may only be possible with traditional counters. Natural stone counters are very heavy. Don’t break those slabs.
  • Help With Installation: If you’re not ready for a full DIY countertop installation, offer to help your contractor. The less time it takes to install, the less you’re going to pay in labor costs.
  • Choose Material Nearby: Certain counters are manufactured in certain regions of the country. Ask a local contractor to see which options are nearby. If your counter has to travel across the country, expect higher countertop prices.
  • Get Multiple Quotes: Finally, always get at least three quotes for your countertop project. Different contractors charge different labor prices. The only way to find the best is to interview multiple countertop contractors.

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Now that you have reviewed the pros, cons and costs of all countertops, you can go out and find the perfect counter for your kitchen or bathroom. If ready, ImproveNet can help you get in touch with up to three countertop contractors in you area.

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Last updated on Sep 26, 2017

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