Replacing kitchen worktop costs

Pros and cons to different worktops
The kitchen worktop is the focal point of any kitchen and getting it wrong can be unsightly and expensive, in this guide we have discussed the factors that you should consider before choosing your kitchen worktop.

Which worktop option are you going to choose?

There are several worktop materials to choose from and each material has its different price and unique installation process. The most common materials include Laminate, Ceramic, Concrete, Quartz, Marble, and Granite.

Hire a professional or do it yourself?

Although there are some pre-made laminate kitchen countertops that you can easily install yourself, there are some that require a high degree of skill to handle, so to achieve the best results, you may need to hire a professional to accurately cut and install your worktops. One wrong cut may make the whole worktop useless. Kitchen worktops are heavy and difficult to manoeuvre so even if you don’t hire a professional you should seek some help!

Costs associated with the materials.

As discussed, there a number of kitchen worktops on the market, you need to be fully aware of the costs involved with installing them. The price is influenced by many factors including size, material, colour, pattern, and grade quality.

For instance, granite is more expensive than laminate because it is labour intensive and multiple people are typically required to set the heavy, durable stone in place.

Different Kitchen Worktops and their costs.

Wood

A solid wood worktop will enhance and fully transform your kitchen. These worktops will add a natural feel to your kitchen, be it a traditional or a modern one. What distinguishes wood worktop is that they are aesthetically pleasing. To prevent the wood from drying out, you can apply a thin coating of oil.

Pros
– They can last for a very long time if properly maintained.
– Their solidness keeps accidental damage at bay.
– They are germ and bacteria resistant

Cons

– They need regular maintenance and should be oiled regularly to avoid permanent damage.
– Not heat resistant

Price: £50 to £100 per square foot.

Laminate

Laminate worktops are another popular option. They are made of high-density chipboard which is covered with plastic laminate. If you’re looking for a way to renovate your kitchen on a budget, then laminate is your best bet!
They are available in various sizes, colours and designs.

What makes laminate worktops unique is that despite their low cost, they appear to be a high-quality premium product and are also environmentally friendly. To keep your Laminate worktops longer, use a mild detergent and clean the surface regularly.

Pros
– Easy to install and come in a variety of options.
– Budget-friendly.
– 100% waterproof.
– They are durable.
– Easy to clean.

Cons
– Easily damaged by sharp objects.
– They have no increased resale value.
– Abrasive cleaning can induce scratches.
– They can crack, scratch and scorch over time.

Price: £10 to £30 per square foot.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel worktops are virtually indestructible, durable, heat resistant, and easy to clean. They are found in restaurants and are more recently being used in home kitchens. Their heat and stain resistant quality is inspired by the high level of nickel and chromium used in making them.

Pros
– Durable.
– Water and heat resistant.
– Low maintenance.
– They are easily cleaned.
– Long lifespan.

Cons
– Easily scratched and dented.
– Can be noisy.
– They are expensive.
– Cold to the touch.

Price: £75 to £150 per square foot.

Granite

Granite is a very popular stone of choice for worktops. It is in high demand due to its natural beauty, durability, and ruggedness. It also adds a stylish and luxurious feel to the kitchen.

They come in a variety of shades and patterns and will fit in any kitchen be it a traditional or modern one.

Pros
– They are long lasting.
– Scratch resistant.
– Stain resistant.
– Heat resistant.
– Easy to clean.
– When sealed correctly they are water resistant.

Cons
– Need to be replaced if damaged.
– Require high maintenance.
– Can be rather expensive.
– Porous and should be sealed once every two years.

Price: £40 to £100 per square foot.

Quartz

Quartz is a nonporous, man-made stone which possesses the durability and looks of natural stone. Its consistent pattern and look allow it to blend perfectly. They are scratch-proof and require low-maintenance.

Pros
– They are durable.
– Unlike granite, they are not porous and don’t require sealing.
– They are strong and resilient.
– They are stain and crack resistant.
– Easy to clean.

Cons
– They are not heat resistant.
– The professional installation cost is expensive.
– They have a more contemporary look rather than the natural look.

Price: £40 to £100 per square foot.

Ceramic

Ceramic worktops are versatile and hygienic. They are available in a variety of colours and textures to match a particular kitchen theme or design.

What makes ceramic unique is that it is harder than most worktops, including quartz and granite and can create a work surface using a smaller thickness. This will give your kitchen a clean, modern and refined look.

Pros
– They are very beautiful.
– Cheaper than their counterparts.
– They don’t require replacing for years.
– Highly durable.
– Heat -resistant.

Cons
– They are prone to scratches.
– Damaged or cracked tiles need to be replaced as they can’t be repaired.
– They require high maintenance.

Price: £4 to £30 per square foot.

Glass

Glass is an excellent choice for those looking for a modern, super stylish, and environmentally-friendly worktop. There are a variety of colours and unique designs for homeowners to choose from. One benefit of glass worktops is that they can be easily customized according to your preferences.

Pros
– Very durable
– Visually appealing
– Nonporous
– They are highly customizable
– Heat tolerant
– They are hygienic and easily cleaned.

Cons
– Can get scratched and broken.
– Vulnerable to acidic substances.
– They show fingerprints.

Price: £60 to £120 per square foot.

Overview

The cost of replacing or installing your kitchen worktop isn’t only going to vary depending on the material you choose. Also, you must consider the labour involved in getting the worktop into your kitchen and cut to fit the design accurately. Extensive designs with corners, sinks and other obstacles are going to increase your cost. If you opt to install your worktop yourself then be sure to follow safety procedures when moving and lifting your worktop and ensure accurate measurements before making cuts. However, if you seek help from a tradesman then look for those with relevant experience working with the material you have chosen for your kitchen worktop.

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