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Countertops are a functional centerpiece in any kitchen, bathroom or bar area. So, when you’re purchasing countertop materials for your home, it’s important to consider what they’ll be up against every day. Countertops for a kitchen will have to withstand scratches, nicks and burns, for example, while a bathroom countertop will have to combat high moisture levels and frequent heat. Ultimately, selecting the style and material that bests suits your lifestyle and your budget will ensure that you end up with countertops that make you happy -- and that you don’t have to spend more money on countertop repairs or replacements down the road.

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  1. Countertop Prices and Installation Costs
  2. Replacing Your Countertop

Average Cost to Buy and Install a Countertop

The cost to install a countertop averages around $2,909, but that’s by no means a hard figure. The cost of your countertops will vary depending on the type and materials you choose, whether an existing countertop needs to be removed, and whether you’ll need to resize your new countertops to fit an awkward space. Then there’s edging, grouting, staining and sealing, and a host of additional cost considerations. We recommend that you speak with a countertop contractor about all of the steps and costs involved in your countertop project. A professional will be able to give you the most accurate quote.

Here’s a rundown of some of the most commonly chosen countertop materials:

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Natural Stone Countertops

Natural stone countertops are long-lasting and durable, and they’ll also increase the value of your home. But some types of natural stone, such as marble, are prone to cracking, chipping and staining, making them a poor choice for high-traffic homes. If your counters get a lot of use, you might consider one of the stone counter materials below -- the cost of which will vary depending on the size of the surface area, any special touches you’d like to include, and the purpose for which the surface will be used.

Granite Countertops

Granite countertops are among the most popular countertops in kitchens today. Installing granite countertops cost between $3,100 and $4,500, depending on surface size and materials.

Quartz is a popular rival for granite lovers. Compare quartz vs granite cost, durability and more before you decide on one or the other. Check out Quartz or Granite Countertops: Which is Better & Why? to learn more.

Generally, granite is cut into long slabs, negating the need for seams and grout. Then it’s polished and sealed to protect against extreme heat, scratches and stains. This protection will last anywhere from 10 to 15 years with the right maintenance and cleaning. Granite comes in a variety of colors and textures, making it a versatile material that works in almost any kitchen.

Soapstone Countertops

The cost to install a 100-square-foot soapstone countertop averages between $7,000 and $12,000. Soapstone’s coloring is usually dark green to green-black, though you can sometimes find it in lighter, almost gray tones as well. The material comes in smaller slabs, so seams are visible in countertops longer than seven feet. Soapstone withstands heat and acidic materials well, which also makes it a good choice for bathroom flooring and fireplaces surrounds. It’s also non-porous, which means it won’t stain. The downside to soapstone is that it is soft, making it susceptible to scratches and deep indentations.

Slate Countertops

The cost to install a 100-square-foot slate countertop averages between $7,700 and $10,800. Slate is a hard, nonporous material with a subdued finish. It comes in variations of black, brown and gray, and it can be found with blue, green or red highlights throughout. Slate is a non-porous material, making it stain resistant and easy to clean. Slate corners can be sharp and brittle, but a professional can round them off with a sander.

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Solid Surface Countertop Choices

If natural stone is out of your price range, consider solid surface materials like Corian, Wilsonart and Avonite. These materials are made with acrylic, polyester or a combination of the two, and they mimic the look of stone and other materials. Solid surface countertops are resistant to scratches, burns and other common wear and tear. They also come in a wide variety of colors, many of which may be matched with solid surface sinks. Here are some materials to consider:


The cost to install corian countertops averages between $2,200 and $5,000, though prices will vary depending on a number of factors. Corian countertops are among the most popular solid surface cabinets available. DuPont produces Corian and offers the material in more than 100 styles and colors. Corian is non-porous, which makes it mold- and mildew-resistant with proper maintenance. And, unlike other solid surface materials, Corian has a seamless appearance after installation. Because of its low moisture resistance, Corian is a poor choice in humid climates and near undermount sinks.

Quartz Counters

Installing quartz countertops around 100 sq. ft. ranges from $5,900 to $14,000. Quartz comes in many colors and styles, and it is considered the most durable kitchen countertop material available. When comparing granite to this material, Quartz countertops are factory-produced and bonded with polyester resins, which makes them non-porous and scratch- and stain-resistant. Sometimes, they’re also bonded with recycled glass to give them additional color and strength. Quartz countertops do not require sealing. Brands like Zodiaq, Silestone, Cambria and Caesarstone offer a newer kind of Quartz, known as Quartz composite or engineered stone, that is comprised of 90 percent quartz. This is softer than engineered stone, and it’s also a bit more expensive than other solid surface materials.

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Concrete Countertops

The cost to install a 100-square-foot concrete countertop averages between $8,500 to $10,000. Concrete countertops have evolved since the 1980s. They used to be poured into a mold; now they are precast and delivered as finished products. Precast molds are flat and smooth, and they can run from 1.5 inches to 10 feet long.

You can also order precast concrete molds in a number of different colors. These counters can be stained and glazed to nearly any color, so coloring is not an issue. They typically come in between 1 1/2- 2 inches depending on your preferences. Despite popular opinion, concrete weighs about the same per square foot as granite. There are special sealers and coatings that seal out all possible stains and colors that you do not want. The real advantage with these counters is that they are new. Everyone has been so tunnel-visioned on granite for so long that nothing else would do. The problem now is that you can't find a home that doesn't have the same counter top as every other home. Pretty soon granite will be just as dull as people think laminate is now, if only because everyone will have it. 

While cracking and chipping is always a concern with concrete counters, recent innovations have made them less prone to damage. Countertop contractors strengthen the material using wire mesh, rebar or fiberglass. And, slabs can also be sealed to prevent staining. Because it’s naturally strong and heat-resistant, concrete is a great option for kitchens countertops.

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Laminate Counters

On average, it costs $3,000 to $4,000 to have a 100-square-foot laminate or formica countertop professionally installed. Laminate is one of the most affordable countertop options. It comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, and a professional can install the material in just a few hours. The downside to laminate is that it is prone to chipping, scratching and fading. If your kitchen counters get a lot of use, laminate may not be our best choice. However, some laminate countertops may be sealed to protect against heat damage, stains and scratches.

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Traditional Countertop Types

Ceramic Tile

Professionals will quote about $3,000 to $5,000 to install a porcelain ceramic tile countertop, though quotes will vary for areas 100 square feet and larger. Tile isn’t the most popular countertop option (most homeowners prefer putting tile in as a backsplash these days), but it does come in a number of different colors and patterns. One downside to tile is that it requires grout maintenance to prevent movement and potential breakage. Further, since tiles break and scratch easily under force and high heat, it’s best for kitchens that are used primarily for baking and light cooking. If you do a lot of cooking, consider tile for secondary surfaces like bars, islands and dining areas instead.

Wood Counters

Generally speaking, the cost to install a wood countertop averages between $3,000 and $6,000, but costs will vary depending on the type of wood from which the countertop is fashioned. While wood countertops are popular, they also require monthly sealing. If you don’t think you’ll be able to stay on top of the maintenance, wood countertops may not be the best choice for your home. Wood countertops are great for baking and food prep, but they’re also easily damaged by the heat from pots and pans. And they’re also susceptible to damage from moisture from sinks and showers.

Butcher Block

Butcher block countertop installation averages between $1,700 and $3,100. Also known as end-grain countertops, butcher block countertops are made of short, square wood blocks that are joined with glue. They can be anywhere between 4 and 12 inches thick and are commonly used to top islands and bar areas. Like other wood countertops, butcher block is susceptible to moisture and heat damage. It is also generally more expensive than other countertop types.

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Replacing Your Old Countertops

If you are replacing an existing countertop with a new one, be sure to factor the following costs into your budget:

  • Remove the old counter and haul them away
  • Move any plumbing pipes
  • Rewire any necessary appliances
  • Cut your new counter to fit the space

Here are some of the steps a professional will take on how to replace your countertops:

  1. Disconnect sink plumbing. Turning both sink handles to bleed off excess water. Disconnect the water and drain lines.
  2. Scrape off old caulking. Separate the countertop from cabinets and wall.
  3. Apply caulking to cabinets. Lift the new countertop into place.
  4. Seal countertop to the wall. Apply a thin layer of caulking adhesive around the countertop border.
  5. Reattach sink.

Be sure to speak with your contractor about the removal process before you start your project. It’s also a good idea to measure your current countertop and get measurements for your new counter. The better you prepare the space for your contractor, the less you may be charged for the work.

If this sounds daunting, get a countertop professional to do it for you.

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Rhonda Jupiter More than 1 year ago
My kitchen is very small,won't size make a difference in expense?
Louis Linn More than 1 year ago
The article states "Because of its low moisture resistance, Corian is a poor choice in humid climates and near undermount sinks.". That is incorrect, Corian is a solid surface material and is very moisture resistant and undermount sinks are often used with this material.
BARBIE BEGHTOL More than 1 year ago
Thank you Louis for the information.  I like Corian, but was concerned by the moisture info. 
Rita Pawlowicz More than 1 year ago
I had Corian countertops with integrated sinks (all one piece.) I loved them and plan to do them again in my new house. 
Mary Lou Rogers More than 1 year ago
I feel that the information above is quite accurate. The reminders about the additional costs, such as , removal and haul away of existing tops, as well as plumbing and electrical work that might be necessary are good to keep in mind. So often the home owner forgets this is part of the project and is surprised when the pricing isn't as simple as "$50.00 per Square Foot "- Thanks Home Advisor!
Mindas Jankevicius More than 1 year ago
The full back slash makes big difference,  involve electrical work, increase price, gives incredible nice accomplished look. 
Lawrence Denning More than 1 year ago
As a retired Architect I'm thankful that 'extra' services are listed when doing any kind of project. those 'extras' can add quite a bit of additional time and expense to a project which will add to loss of use for unplanned time frames. Homeowners must take that into account while they're project is underway. They should also be aware that often unexpected conditions may be discovered in the process of construction that must be addressed (such as 'dry rot' of sub-flooring or wall studs due to water penetration, not uncommon) that can lead to a major repair and expense!
Susana Rosado More than 1 year ago

Very helpful info for an amateur  will come back to this info & more when I

actually go forward w/ my project  Thanks.

Ronit G More than 1 year ago
I haven't done this project yet and find the details noted above for the replacing countertops to be very helpful. It is important that a home owner see (in writing) each step involved in how the project is costed out for the labor and materials involved in doing the job. Also both the contractor and home owner will understand the details expected to be done for completion. NO surprises or short cuts. I have found many contractors don't want to take the time to do this or don't want to be held accountable for doing all the details and will suddenly disappear from a job before signing! Get the license and insurance too before starting the job.
geNila Wright More than 1 year ago
Even after visiting 4-5 different companies, getting details for their company's estimates for my specific situation, the information you gave was helpful.

Thank you.
josie j More than 1 year ago
Yes this information was very helpful 
judy morgan More than 1 year ago
Information I got by phone was helpful. Will be getting more info on  Face to Face visit for measurements, etc. So far, all sounds good.
James Tyler More than 1 year ago
Interesting whipped through the questions I was just hoping to have a immediate response on where to buy the stuff it didn't really mention that right??
Sharon LUKE More than 1 year ago
A time frame would also be helpful.
wanda rice More than 1 year ago
I need about 70 sq ft. of quartz would like some idea of cost. we will remove old counter, sink. stove etc.
Anne Woehle More than 1 year ago
I would like an estimate on how much the area I described would cost
mick cohen More than 1 year ago
I have no counters or sink need my granite installed and have to buy sink to go under counter and hooked up

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