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Concrete Countertops CostFrom DIY to high-end, find price ranges for concrete countertops and compare costs to granite and more
The cost for concrete countertops ranges from $65 to $135 per square foot. This price usually includes the countertop design, materials, construction, and installation. Unlike other options, the cost of a concrete countertop is not in the material, but rather in the artisan's skill and creativity. Custom elements such as inlays, aggregates, or special finishes add considerable cost.
HOW MUCH ARE CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS?
The price of a concrete countertop varies widely. If left its natural color with a basic layout, concrete is an affordable option. However, concrete is appealing for the customization factor and getting something one-of-a-kind is often worth the money.
Here are the average ranges for basic, mid-range and high-end countertops:
$65-$100 per square foot
Basic countertops at the lower end of the price range include:
- Basic design with straight edges
- Standard knockouts for sinks and faucets
- Non-custom color and finish options
$100-$135 per square foot
Mid-range countertops in the mid-range price include:
- The addition of integral or seeded aggregates
- Custom or decorative shapes or edge details
- Increased color and finish options
$135+ per square foot
High-end countertops are further customized with:
- Unique thickness or shape
- Custom or multi-color options
- Creative casting techniques
- Specialized aggregate design
- Custom edges, inlays, drainboards or trivets
DIY VS. HIRING A PRO
Although you may be tempted to pour your own concrete countertops to save money, it is a much more complex job than a typical DIY project. Precast counters are extremely heavy and difficult to maneuver, and pouring in place requires knowledge of the proper mix, curing and finishing processes, as well as specialized tools and equipment.
Learn seven reasons you might not want to try this yourself: Are Concrete Countertops Easy to Make?
Find a countertop contractor near you.
How much do DIY concrete countertops cost?
Still interested in DIY? According to Concrete Countertop Solutions, by making it a DIY job, you can save thousands of dollars and do an entire moderate-sized kitchen for less than $1000. Check out their Z Counterform system for more details.
CONCRETE COUNTERTOP COST COMPARISON
The price for concrete falls in the mid-range of countertop options. Typically, concrete is more expensive than tile, synthetic solids or laminate, about the same price as engineered quartz or granite countertops and less expensive than marble.
|Laminate||$20 - $50|
|Tile||$20 - $70|
|Synthetic Solid Surfaces (i.e. Corian)||$50 - $90|
|CONCRETE||$65 - $135|
|Granite||$70 - $175|
|Engineered Quartz||$80 - $140|
|Marble||$110 - $250|
Are concrete countertops more expensive than granite?
If you are trying to decide between concrete and granite and are disappointed to find that concrete won’t save you much money, here are some tips to keep the cost down:
- Avoid fancy details, custom colors and any unnecessary personalization
- Ask your contractor if you can remove your old countertops and do other prep work yourself
- For large islands, choose a more affordable material, but do the perimeter sections in concrete (or vice-versa)
See how concrete countertops compare to traditional countertop materials in other ways.
WHY ARE CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS SO EXPENSIVE?
Concrete countertops are expensive becasue they are handcrafted by skilled artisans that customize them to any size, shape, or color you desire. Like other handmade items, they often come with a premium price. But when the durability and life-span of concrete is considered, they are a sound investment.
Also, these upgrades will add to the custom concrete countertop cost:
- Irregular or curved shapes
- Thicker concrete
- Integral drain boards or trivets
- Custom edges
- Custom colors
- Special finish options
- Embeds & inlays
- Fiber-optic lighting
Countertop contractors, in almost all cases, install their own product in their market area, so there would be no shipping expense. Shipping method and carrier, for those firms that do ship, varies by contractor. Discuss this with your contractor.
Although normally included in the price, countertop installation can be quoted separately and averages $40 - $50 per hour, per person. Confirm what is included in the price from your contractor.
Removal and disposal:
If you are replacing an existing countertop, this may not be included in the price from your contractor. Again, confirm what is included.
Plumbing and wiring:
If your countertop renovation involves a change in plumbing or appliances, extra costs may be incurred to relocate pipes or rewire new appliances.
TWO ECONOMICAL APPROACHES TO CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS
An economical way to green up your countertops while making them more aesthetically appealing and distinctive is to use recycled or salvaged materials as decorative accents, such as pieces of broken pottery or dinnerware and recycled colored glass. When shopping around for concrete countertops, ask local fabricators what goes into their mix designs. Often you can benefit the environment and save money by doing business with a contractor who uses recycled waste materials or materials harvested or produced near your home, such as aggregate from a local river or quarry and cement produced in a regional plant. See Going Green with Countertops
Think long-term value: With concrete countertops, when you combine a timeless design with the inherent durability of concrete, your countertops will serve you well for decades-both functionally and aesthetically-and thus are unlikely to need replacement. This not only conserves materials and eliminates waste, it saves you the expense and hassle of ripping out worn, outdated countertops.