How Much Does it Cost to Install a Countertop?

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Countertop installation cost guide

The kitchen is one of the busiest areas in your home. If you’re in the market for new countertops, The Home Depot can help. This guide explains the costs associated with new countertop installation.

For reference, an average project covers a surface area of 40 square feet and features 25 linear feet of finished edges. Please be aware that the following estimates may differ depending on your city.

Average Cost of Materials

quartz countertop install cost

Quartz

Cost range: $50 to $90 per sq. ft.
Average cost: $68 per sq. ft. 
 
Made from one of Earth’s most resilient stones, quartz countertops are available in many shades and designs. They are extremely resistant to heat, scratches and stains.

granite countertop install cost

Granite

Cost range: $40 to $100 per sq. ft.
Average cost: $58 per sq. ft.

Elegant and durable, granite countertops are a timeless classic that add a “wow!” factor to any kitchen. When properly sealed, these countertops stand up to heat, scratches and stains.

solid surface countertop install cost

Solid Surface

Cost range: $37 to $67 per sq. ft.
Average cost: $52 per sq. ft.

Available in a variety of colors and patterns, man-made solid surface countertops are a popular choice for a seamless look. They feature a non-porous and uniform finish but are more vulnerable to scratches and heat damage.

laminate countertop install cost

Laminate

Cost range: $27 to $34 per sq. ft.
Average cost: $29 per sq. ft. 

Laminate is a long-standing choice for countertops because of its budget-friendly price and range of color, texture and design options. These countertops are resistant to stains and impact damage.

wood countertop install cost

Wood

Cost range: $72 to $100 per sq. ft.
Average cost: $96 per sq. ft.

Wood countertops add sophisticated warmth to any kitchen but are more easily damaged than stone or solid surfaces. They also cannot withstand high heat or heavy impact.

Countertop Edges

Cost range: Up to $20 per lin. ft. 
Average cost: $5 per lin. ft.

Countertop edges come in a variety of sizes and shapes. For a 2-centimeter (cm) thick countertop, you have the option of a 2-cm or 4-cm edge, while a 3-cm thick countertop typically has a 3-cm edge. 

Tip: Choosing an edge that’s larger than your countertop’s thickness is known as a built-up edge and comes with an additional charge, which isn’t included in our estimates.

Types of Countertop Edges

  • No drip (for laminate countertops only) – A slight elevation in the edge prevents spills from reaching the floor. 
  • Waterfall – The countertop continues down the cabinetry’s side to reach the floor. 
  • Eased – A square, 90-degree edge that has been sanded down to achieve a softer look. 
  • Bevel – This edge features a slight, 45-degree angle edge, which adds visual intrigue to the countertops. 
  • Double Bevel – A double bevel has two beveled edges: one at the countertop’s surface and the other at its underside. 
  • Bullnose and Half Bullnose – These curved edges are a kitchen classic, whether you choose the striking full bullnose, with the edge fully rounded, or the half bullnose, with a curve that’s less dramatic. 
  • Bevel Bullnose – A cross between the bevel and the bullnose, this edge boasts a 45-degree angle before curving elegantly. 
  • Ogee – Featuring a stunning concave radius, the ogee edge offers an air of classic luxury that pairs well with granite countertops. 
  • Double Ogee – The double ogee features two concave radiuses that create a truly opulent edge, making it perfect for elegant, state-of-the-art kitchens. 
  • Roman Ogee – A popular edge for wood countertops, the Roman ogee features more dramatic curves than the standard ogee. 
  • Ogee Bullnose – Perfect for upscale kitchens, this edge layers an ogee edge on top of a full bullnose to create a truly eye-catching countertop. 
  • Double Roundover – Very similar to the bullnose, this edge boasts a subtle curved radius on the top and bottom. 
  • Triple Pencil – This stylish edge features a trio of descending waves that typically each have a 6mm radius.

Countertop Corner Treatments

Cost range: $55 to $135 each
Average cost: $60 each

If you’re not selecting a straight 90-degree corner, countertop corners can be customized by radius to appear more curved. A ¼-inch radius has a slight curve, while a 1-inch radius corner features significant rounding.

Additional Considerations

Sinks and Installation


The cost of a sink and its installation depends on several factors, including the sink’s size, its shape and the number of bowls. A new undermount sink will cost around $260, and the installation labor will cost roughly $240.

These prices will vary depending on the type of sink you choose and whether you keep the existing plumbing connections.

Basic Plumbing Disconnect and Reconnect


Average Cost: $450

During the installation of a new countertop, your sink plumbing will need to be disconnected and then reconnected upon the project’s completion.

Countertop Removal and Haul Away


Cost range: $8 to $13 per sq. ft.
Average cost: $9 per sq. ft.


To install a new countertop, homeowners can pay their installers to remove and haul away their existing countertop.

Cooktop Cutout


Average cost: $110 per cutout

Modern cooktops often replace traditional, standalone stoves. To install a cooktop in your countertop, your fabricator needs to create a cutout in your countertop. This cutout size depends on the cooktop you choose.

Electrical Outlet Cutouts


Average cost: $25 per cutout

Homeowners will often have outlets in their backsplash, where it makes it easy to use small kitchen appliances. The countertop must be cut to accommodate these types of outlets.

Faucet Cutouts


Average cost: $20 per cutout

Faucet cutouts are holes that are drilled in the countertop to install the sink’s faucet, soap dispenser, and/or insta-hot appliance. These holes typically measure 1-3/8-inches in diameter. The distance and number of holes varies according to the faucet you’ve chosen.

A centerset faucet is a single device where the three holes are spaced closely together. In a widespread faucet, the two handles and faucet operate as separate units and are usually installed further apart from one another. Notify your installer of which faucet you’ve chosen before the project begins.

Backsplash


Average cost: varies

A backsplash is typically a 4-inch extension of the countertop, which helps protect the back wall from cooking splatters and stains. If you require additional protection, a separate backsplash can be designed with easy-to-clean materials like ceramic or glass tiles.

End Splash


Average cost: varies

Comparable to a short backsplash, an end splash is a continuation of the countertop that’s installed on its side edge(s). End splashes are used to mask the irregularities between a countertop and its adjoining walls, and create a seamless appearance.

Garbage Disposal


Average cost: varies

A garbage disposal attaches to your drainpipe and dishwasher outlet hose for easy waste removal. If you don’t have an electrical outlet and a switch for your new disposal, you will require the services of an electrician.

Why Choose The Home Depot


The Home Depot offers an innovative array of countertops and provides expert design assistance. Our trusted professionals will perform an in-house measurement and present an personalized template for your home. We also offer best-in-class warranties and flexible financing options to complete your kitchen project sooner. Contact our Home Services team today at 800-HOME-DEPOT, or submit your information online for a prompt follow up.

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