Calculating bamboo kitchen countertop installation expenses

How much does it cost to install bamboo countertop?

Cost of bamboo kitchen countertop installation determine by number of factors and total expenses primary depend on bamboo prices per square foot and labor cost to complete the work. But additional factors should always be taken into account while calculating total expenditures for installing new kitchen countertop. Installer will price the work after taking detailed measurements and analyzing work complexity. Itemized estimate will reflect all charges and fees associated with bamboo countertop installation.

Estimating bamboo countertop installation cost

Bamboo prices comparison materials-prices

Prices for vertical, horizontal or strand woven bamboo countertop defined by manufacturers and depend on slab thickness, treatment quality and surface type. Solid core with mineral oil finish 1 1/2" (38 mm) thick parquet butcher block bamboo has a higher price comparing to 3/4” (19 mm) thick cross-ply panels.

For design customization factory fabricated edges can be purchase separately.

Determining labor cost for bamboo countertop installation labor-cost

Bamboo countertop has to be build at a job site or in the shop and delivered for installation. Labor cost will be estimated as a sum of charges for cutting slab to certain shape and dimensions, making kitchen sink cut-out, routing the edges to desire profile, joining pieces together using two part epoxy and securing the countertop over base cabinets.

Bamboo is a material very similar to wood and can be bought with prefinished or unfinished surface. Unfinished bamboo sheets have lower price comparing to factory finished carbonized bamboo. But because of on-site sanding and finish application labor cost for fabricating unfinished bamboo will be higher.

If hiring installer prepare to pay additional fees for removal and disposal of old countertop.

Shopping for bamboo countertop shopping

Quality natural bamboo is harder than many hardwood species and it is definitely worth to consider green option for kitchen countertop application. Sheets of bamboo different sizes can be purchased from eco-friendly building suppliers and delivered to job site as any other products.

Estimating installation time estimating-time

Experienced installer with helper should be able to complete installation of three pieces custom fabricated 45 – 50 square feet of bamboo countertop in L-shape kitchen with a 12 – 15 sq ft kitchen island within 4 – 5 hours. It will typically include demolishing old countertop, installing and joining new custom fabricated 1 1/2” thick bamboo slabs. Fabrication normally takes longer and in-home installation typically will be scheduled in 3 – 4 days after taking measurements.

Technically carpenter can build kitchen countertop in the house using any type of bamboo. Time require for completing such project can vary from a few hours to a few days and will depend on countertop dimensions, design, style, kitchen layout and difficulty of work.

Work complexity work-complexity

Bamboo countertop installation is not a hard task to perform and some handy homeowners who have basic carpentry skills can easily manage cutting and connecting a few bamboo pieces together as well as sanding and finishing edges. But before thinking about cutting labor expenses evaluate your ability to complete the installation successfully. Poor on-site work performance might cause the whole countertop will look far away from any expectations and if you are not sure it is always better to hire experienced installer who will guaranty the work quality.