With food being so integral to our lives, it's no wonder the kitchen is often hailed as the heart of the home. One of the biggest elements of a kitchen's design is its countertops. Serving as both an irreplaceable aspect of your kitchen's functionality and a transformative aesthetic choice, it's important to get your countertops right.
Today, we're diving into how much it costs to update your countertops and get the right counters for your kitchen.
The Overhead View
The cost of countertops will vary greatly depending on materials, size of the space, and local labor costs. If you have the budget, you could spend close to $10,000 on your renovation. If you have the time, space, skills, and affordable material you could be spending under $1000. However, the average homeowner typically spends $3,315 to install new countertops.
When it comes to countertops, Corian presents a budget-friendly option (depending on the type) that offers a variety of colors and styles. Coming in at around $45 - $65 per square foot, with the average project pricing out to around $3000, Corian is an excellent alternative to more expensive quartz, marble, or granite countertops. Since it comes in so many different styles, prices will vary depending on trends.
Corian also boasts a great deal of versatility -- it can be easily formed into any shape -- allowing a homeowner to highlight their personality and sense of style. Importantly, it doesn't sacrifice on functionality. Made by mixing minerals, stone-derived materials, and acrylic polymers, Corian is simple to clean and maintain. Being non-porous, no sealing treatments are necessary to maintain the countertop. That said, it's best to keep hot pans off your countertops and lay down a heat-friendly cover to protect it.
Durable and stylish, granite carries a heftier price tag of $40 - $100 per square foot. Granite's unique grainy appearance, flecks and speckles cover its surface, sets it apart from the other countertop materials on the list. Coming in a variety of natural colors, if you're looking to get granite countertops, you won't lack options.
Unlike Corian and quartz, granite countertops do require annual resealing. Granite is a fairly porous material so you'll want to keep an eye on its water absorption. Consequently, you'll want to avoid acidic cleaners as they can contribute to sealant removal from your countertops. If you notice that water droplets start to soak into the stone instead of resting on the surface, it's time for a resealing!
Offering a polished surface of shimmering artificial stone, quartz carries the entire color spectrum in its arsenal. While it is certainly a spectrum of prices like the others, for the best balance of quality for price, you will likely pay $60 - $80 per square foot for your quartz countertop. Unlike granite, quartz is not porous and won't need to be resealed. Also unlike granite, quartz is going to suffer under extreme heat and will need to be handled similar to Corian when it comes to hot pots and pans.
An untraditional option for countertops, due to tile's penchant for chipping, scratching, and breaking, it does come to us as another budget-friendly option. Ranging from $2 a square foot to $30, it's the least expensive of the bunch. Unlike stone-based alternatives, repairing it can be as simple as replacing the damaged tiles. They will also require the same annual sealing that granite does, albeit to protect against bacteria growth and grout stainage.
Here at Edesia, we want to set you up for countertop success! To learn more about countertop options and figure out what's best for your kitchen, contact us today. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the process.