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Price Guide: Kitchen Countertops

Léa Plourde-Archer

Thinking about installing a new kitchen countertop? Here is a price guide for kitchen countertops, including all the main pros and cons of each of the main materials which are used to make them.

Materials Pros Cons Price per square foot
Slate
  • Waterproof.
  • Heat resistant
  • Easy to clean
  • Marks and scratches can be eliminated by sanding the surface.
  • To learn more: Stone Kitchen Countertops
  • Price.
  • Heavy material, therefore the structure must be solidified.
$50 to $190
Granite
  • Waterproof.
  • Heat and stain resistant
  • Durable.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Available in different colours and designs.
  • To learn more: Stone Kitchen Countertops
  • Price.
  • Heavy material, therefore the structure must be solidified.
$40 to $150
Marble
  • Naturally smooth and soft.
  • Durable.
  • Waterproof.
  • Heat and stain resistant
  • Easy to clean.
  • Price.
  • Prone to staining ( certain foods like lemon juice, olive oil)
  • Sealant products must be used to make the surface more stain-resistant.
  • Heavy material, therefore, could require the structure to be solidified
$40 to $200
Quartz
  • Available in many colours and textures.
  • Good stone imitation
  • Resistant to heat, mould, scratches, cracks and stains.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Heavy material, therefore, could require the structure to be solidified
$30 to $120
Concrete
  • Different shapes, colours and finishes.
  • Resistant to heat, impacts and stains.
  • Modern look.
  • To learn more: Are concrete countertops right for you?
  • Must use a sealant product as the surface is porous.
  • Glass and porcelain kitchen accessories are likely to break if they fall on this type of surface.
$60 to $120
Stainless steel
  • Different finishes available
  • Heat and water-resistant.
  • Durable.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Gives off a professional kitchen look.
  • Some scratches can be erased using sandpaper.
  • Price.
  • Prone to scratching.
  • Quickly becomes tarnished.
  • The surface is cold and noisy.
  • Not very well adapted for a family-style kitchen.
$60 to $120
Synthetic
  • Different designs, textures and colours are available.
  • Very resistant.
  • Blends in well to its environment (invisible seams)
  • Easy to clean.
  • Marks and scratches can be fixed with sandpaper.
  • Price.
  • Less resistant to heat
  • Appearance can seem a bit artificial.
$50 to $150
Recycled
  • Environmentally friendly: At least 75% of the materials are recycled (glass, mirror, ceramic, porcelain...)
  • Different designs, colours, textures and opacity levels are available.
  • Durable.
  • Stain-resistant.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Price.
$50 to $100
Wood
  • Different varieties, essences and finishes.
  • Excellent cutting surface.
  • Fairly resistant to heat.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Not very resistant to humidity and scratches.
  • Dry temperatures make it expand.
  • Must be varnished or oiled (to protect the wood)
$10 to $90
Laminate
  • Price.
  • Different colours, designs and textures available.
  • Waterproof.
  • Stain-resistant.
  • Durable.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Not very resistant to scratches
$5 to $25
Tile
  • Price
  • Different textures, finishes, colours, designs and installation techniques available (ceramic or porcelain).
  • Waterproof.
  • Resistant to heat, scratches and stains.
  • Durable.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Joints between tiles tend to accumulate dirt: hard to keep them clean.
  • Glass and porcelain kitchen accessories are likely to break if they fall on this type of surface.
$0.50 to $30

Some more information about kitchen countertops

Stone countertops

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If you decide to opt for a slate kitchen countertop, you will most likely have the chance to choose the type of surface since each piece is unique. This allows you to enjoy a personalized look, which can perfectly match your décor.

It should also be noted that it is also possible to opt for several types of finishes, including the natural brushed finish as well as the polished finish. The first allows the relief of the ribs to appear on the surface, while the second will offer a flattened surface.

Apart from the information mentioned above regarding the granite countertop, it should be noted that this type of countertop has a very great advantage over its companions: it requires only one or two joints.  Also, it is particularly resistant to scratches, which is not an unimportant advantage for a countertop material!

What about the marble countertop? Like slate, marble is known for the irregularity of its pattern. Once again, this allows you to enjoy a unique and singular look. If the material requires applying a sealant because of its porosity, there is no doubt that its noble and elegant appearance will make us forget about this little extra effort in terms of maintenance. 

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For its part, the quartz countertop is not left out in terms of nobility. Moreover, its texture and porosity avert the proliferation of bacteria. Since quartz is one of the hardest materials available, its solidity gives it enviable longevity.

The concrete countertop

While concrete was once perceived as an unconventional countertop choice, it is attracting more and more attention. Although its high strength and resistance to heat can be recognized from the outset, it differs from other materials because of the low maintenance it requires.

Moreover, its low-polluting manufacturing method (it does not release volatile organic compounds) makes it an eco-responsible choice, which will be a plus for environmentally conscious buyers.

It should also be mentioned that the concrete countertop is custom-moulded, which ensures that it can fit all configurations and that it does not require any cutting to get around obstacles such as the sink. Far from always being uniform, ceramics or glass can also be inserted to add a touch of originality to the base colour.

The stainless steel countertop

In addition to its grout-free surface, the stainless steel countertop is particularly appreciated for its lack of porosity as well as for its excellent thermal resistance.

It should also be noted that an antibacterial surface such as the stainless steel countertop is more than practical for people who love to cook. As with the concrete countertop, the way stainless steel countertops are manufactured is eco-friendly.

Wood, timeless as always

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As a countertop, wood is always a favourite. Its timeless charm always blends well with classic décor as well as with more modern décor. You should know that wooden countertops are usually coated with a polymerized oil to ensure their waterproofing.

Recycled, laminated and synthetic countertops

Are you intrigued by recycled countertops? Although we have already highlighted some of its most important features, it should be noted that they are composed of 75% post-consumer materials and 25% quartz and granite residues. The cohesion of these materials is ensured by resin. Interestingly, it is very difficult to differentiate this type of countertop from a real quartz countertop. 

As established above, the laminate counter has a lot of advantages. Aside from those already mentioned, it is also possible to say that this countertop is customizable. Indeed, it is made from condensed Kraft papers (which are set together with melamine resin) and its last layer consists of a decorative sheet.

Therefore, it is possible to choose the visual style or the design of the latter yourself and then opt for a counter that is perfectly suited to the décor of the kitchen.

Aside from the characteristics highlighted in the table presented above, synthetic countertop materials have the advantage of being very unfavourable to the proliferation of bacteria and are particularly resistant to scratches, stains, ultraviolet rays and heat.

How should I clean ceramic grout?

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Finally, what could we say about the ceramic countertop? Since we've already talked a lot about the pros and cons of this type of countertop, let's take a moment to look at a simple way to clean dirty joints:

  • Mix vinegar and water (one in all water for two vinegar);
  • Add a little dish soap;
  • Apply the solution to the joints and then wait 15 minutes;
  • Rub with a non-abrasive sponge with a thin layer of baking soda;
  • Rinse and wipe.

To find out the average prices for various renovations, check out the Renovation Price Guide.

Looking for more information on materials, maintenance and different types of countertop renovations? Check out our   Counter Renovation Guide.   

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