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Price Guide: Kitchen Countertops

Thinking about installing a new kitchen countertop? Here is a price guide for kitchen countertops, including all the main pros and cons for 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 product must be used in order 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 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.
  • Surface is cold and noisy.
  • Not very well adapted for a family style kitchen.
$60 to $120
Synthetic
  • Different designs, textures and colours 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 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

To find out about the average prices of different home renovation projects, check out our Home renovation price guide. 

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