This article is all about replacement of kitchen worktops and how much should you expect to pay a joiner or kitchen fitter to remove the old worktops and replace them with new ones.
If you are looking to replace or install new worktops in your kitchen, you are among thousands who wish to do so in 2022. In a research conducted recently, 95% of homeowners looking to replace their worktops say that “kitchen worktops are their top priority this year”. So, you are not alone.
The average cost to replace kitchen worktops varies greatly on the material you choose for your worktop and the size of your kitchen
Various types of worktop and their prices with cost of Replacement/Installation included
There are various types of worktop materials with varying prices in the UK. In this chapter, we will be looking at various worktop materials and their prices as well as what it will cost in terms of labour.
However, the cost of replacement and supply has been added to the overall cost per square foot of each of the different worktop materials.
A kitchen specialist will usually charge around £150 to £200 per day in labour, and for an average-sized kitchen, the job should not take any longer than a day to complete. A smaller kitchen may only take around 4 to 5 hours to finish, while larger kitchens could take up a full day. Especially when using materials such as granite or quartz, as both these materials require a significant amount of skill to ensure they are cut exactly right. Your tradesman may also have to cut around sinks or other kitchen appliances which could increase the time frame up to 2 days, as this can be a time-consuming process. If you have a built-in gas oven or hob, then you will need an approved Gas Safe engineer to remove and then re-install it after the worktops have been fitted. The labour cost is usually around £60 to £100 per hour, although this will depend on the extent of the job, the area it is in and whether the company is small or large.
Different types of worktop and their associated price
1.1 Granite Worktops:
Granite is a natural stone worktop material which has been highly prized in the kitchen for many years. It is available in a wide range variety of colours and blends well with many different flooring and wall designs. Granite worktops are becoming more and more common because of its increased availability and affordability.
Although granite can be expensive, but its prices ranges between £85 and £175 per square foot installed which are common depending on the size, colour, thickness, and pattern of the granite slab. manufacturer/supplier and installer, and where you live also can affect the cost.
2.1 Quartz Worktops:
With quartz worktops which are a kind of man-made composite, consisting of about 90% quartz and 10% resin. Quartzite is a relatively new solid-stone alternative to granite or engineered quartz worktop. Quartzite is a naturally occurring rock that starts its life as a kind of sandstone and evolves into quartzite when subjected to heat and pressure. The resulting white or gray rock tends to have beautiful streaks of colour, giving it the look of marble while maintaining the toughness of granite.
2.2 Cost of Quartz Worktop with installation Price
It will cost between £85 to £150 per square foot installed, depending on the type of quartzite you choose and where you live.
3.1 Soapstone Worktops
Soapstone is a natural stone which takes its name from the soft, almost soapy feel of its surface. There are two grades of soapstone, namely; artistic and architectural. But only architectural soapstone is suitable for worktop use, as it is much stronger than artistic soapstone. It is naturally gray in colour (usually darker gray, although lighter varieties exist) with veins of lighter colour running through it. Soapstone has been used in kitchen worktops for centuries and looks particularly natural in a farmhouse style kitchen (which happens to be a major design trend).
3.2 Cost of Soapstone Worktop with Installation Price
Typically, soapstone worktops run between £75 and £125 per square foot installed, depending on where you live and how thick a slab you want
4.1 Solid Surface Worktops
Solid surface worktop was originally invented by DuPont in the 1960s and marketed under the brand name Corian. It has solid surfaces which are made from acrylic and polyester blends. They were originally intended to mimic the look of natural stone, while being stronger and non-porous.
4.2 Cost of Solid Surface Worktop with Installation Price
The cost is between £65 to £85 per square foot installed, depending mostly on the colour you select.
5.1 Slate Worktops
Slate is a soft, dense natural stone like its cousin, soapstone. Unlike soapstone, however, slate is non-porous and requires no maintenance. Slate comes in dark, subtle colours and is naturally matte. It is formed from clay and silt which has been compacted over millions of years. This long process creates a durable material well-suited to household use.
5.2 Cost of Slate Worktop with Installation Price
It will cost about £75 to £150 per square foot installed.
6.1 Recycled Glass Worktops
This is becoming more popular among people seeking an eco-friendly solution to worktop materials or people who are out for a unique, whimsical look in their homes. Recycled glass worktops consist of fragments of recycled glass held together with a binder, usually cement or resin
6.2 Cost of Recycled Glass Worktop with Installation Price
Recycled glass worktops run anywhere from £65 to £100 per square foot, plus around £80-£150 per hour for the installation, which results in the average cost of about £85 to £150 per square foot installed, depending on the project size and complexity. This is slightly higher than typical granite or quartz.
7.1 Tile Worktops
Tile worktops are typically made of ceramic tiles (themselves made of fired clay), which are usually applied to a plywood substrate or on top of an existing laminate worktop, since tile by itself can be too thin for worktop use. These worktops were popular in the 70s and 80s, but disappeared for a while, and have recently come back into fashion.
7.2 Cost of Tile Worktop with Installation Price.
It will cost between £35 and £65 per square foot to get it installed.
8.1 Copper Worktops
Like stainless steel, copper worktops are made of thin sheets of copper fastened to plywood or some other kind of backing.
8.2 Cost of Copper Worktop with Installation Price.
The cost ranges from £100 to £175 per square foot installed.
9.1 Marble Worktops
Long considered a sign of luxury, marble is a natural stone created by sediment under pressure, which develops a crystalline structure that allows it to be polished. It is not as hard as its cousin granite, but not as soft as soapstone, either. It can be found in a variety of natural colours, including white, black, gray, yellow, pink, and green, and sometimes with prominent veins of mineral deposits that are considered attractive.
9.2 Cost of Marble Worktop with Installation Price
Usually, it will cost between £125 and £200 per square foot installed, depending on the thickness and quality.
10.1 Quarts Engineered Stone Worktops
Sometimes known as “engineered stone”. The material is actually a composite, consisting of quartz crystals held together with some kind of binder, often resin. They look like natural stone worktops, but these engineered quartz worktops have some additional benefits you can not get naturally. Those benefits have led to quartz being one of the most popular worktop materials in the past years.
10.2 Cost of Quartz Engineered Stone Worktops
It will cost around £75 to £125 per square foot installed.
11.1 Reclaimed Wood Worktops
Wood worktops come in a variety of types of wood from black walnut to bamboo, but a recent eco-friendly trend is to use reclaimed wood. These are wood that has been salvaged from a prior use, like in a house, barn, or other structure.
12.1 Stainless Steel Worktop
Worktops made of stainless steel have been the choice of professional chefs for decades. Thanks to the stain and heat resistance of stainless steel and its overall durability. Stainless steel worktops are made of thin sheets of stainless steel fastened to a wood or other backing. Metal in the corners can also be welded to eliminate seams.
Stainless steel comes in different grades and finishes, and the best grade of steel for kitchen worktops is type 304, which is highly scratch resistant and very strong. Also, the surface reflectivity of a given piece of stainless steel is classified by a number indicating the amount of polish attached to it. The numbering system goes from 0 to 8, with 8 being the most polished finish, but also reflecting the most scuffs and fingerprints. A middle finish (Let us say 4) would be ideal for looking shiny without advertising imperfections.
Finally, the thickness of the steel is also rated by gauge, where lower numbers indicate thicker steel, better for heavy use; 16 and 18 gauge are the most common in home settings.
12.2 Cost of Stainless Steel Worktop with Installation Price
It will cost between £75 and £150 installed, depending on the gauge of steel.
13.1 Concrete Worktops
Worktops made from concrete generally with pigment added to make them look less like a sidewalk. They are then sealed to make them non-porous and heat/stain resistant. Concrete worktops have been in style for a while now, especially among people who like that industrial or rustic look. Concrete worktops still do not appear to be losing popularity in present times.
13.2 Cost of Concrete Worktop with Installation Price
Typically it will cost between £65 to £125 per square foot installed, but this can vary widely depending on choice.
14.1 Butcher Block Worktops
Butcher block worktops are made up of glued strips of hardwood often maple, but sometimes ash, teak, oak, or even bamboo. These inviting rustic looking worktops are rising fast in popularity, as farmhouse inspired design is trending everywhere. There are three basic styles of butcher block: end grain, edge grain, or face grain. Edge grain is the most used for worktops because it is strong and less expensive; it is created by gluing long boards together on their sides. By contrast, face grain consists of boards laid flat, which is less suitable for a heavily used kitchen worktop because it is easily susceptible to dents and cuts from chopping. End grain consists of small blocks arranged so that their ends are visible on the surface. It is gaining popularity as it is extremely resistant to cutting marks, but it is also the most expensive option of the butcher block worktops.
14.2 Costs of Butcher Block Worktop with Installation Price
Most Butcher Block worktops cost between £65 and £120 per square foot (including installation), but prices can vary widely, depending on your location, the kind of wood you choose, the kind of finish you get, how many square feet of worktop you’re installing, and whether you choose to install it yourself or hire help. On average, the total cost of installing a Butcher block worktop is between £3,500 and £6,500.
15.1 Recycled Paper Worktops
Recycled paper worktops are composite surfaces made up of formaldehyde-free resin, pigment, and recycled paper. They have a feel that is soft and warm, and often compared to soapstone. Recycled paper worktops are typically only available in dark and matte hues, although some companies offer more vivid colours.
15.2 Costs of Recycled Paper Worktop with Installation Price
It will cost between £45 to £80 per square foot installed.
There are a number of additional costs you could consider to finish off your kitchen renovation. The underlisted items shows the material price of several additional costs.
- Tile backsplash. It will cost between £20 to £50 per square metre.
- Worktop edging strip. This will cost between £10 to £20 per strip.
- This will cost between £16 to £40 for each.
- Joint trims. Each will cost between £5 to £8
- New Kitchen sink. This will cost between £100 to £300
- Replacing Kitchen cupboard. It will cost between £30 to £90 per cupboard.
The choice between the two most popular worktops (quartz and granite) can be very tough, especially because the difference between the two is not very noticeable. On the outside, both appear to be made of purely natural stones. They not only look similar in appearance but also match performance and lifespan wise. However, if you look a bit deeper, you will learn that each of them has a unique makeup.
Quartz is harder than granite and both are priced similarly per square foot, with granite worktops having the wider variation in price. Granite can be more expensive than quartz at times, based on the availability of a colour and pattern. Quartz, on the other hand, is heavier and requires a professional installer.