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Cost of laminate countertop

All prices and remodeling costs revised and updated for 2017

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How much does it cost to install laminate countertop?

Laminate is one of the cheapest materials for kitchen counters and perfect solution for low budget kitchen renovation projects. Total cost to get a new laminate countertop installed vary from $10 to $30 per square foot accounting purchasing price of a new counter or materials expenses to build it on-site and cost of labor to complete basic installation.

Laminate countertop cost comparison chart1
Countertop type
Price per square foot installed2
Average cost
Cost comparison
Laminated on-site
$12 - $18
$15
+15%
Prefabricated sections
$10 - $16
$13
100%
Custom build
$16 - $30
$23
+77%

1 All prices in the chart estimated as a total cost to get a new, 35 square foot minimum, laminate countertop installed in a standard L-shaped kitchen.

2 In the total cost included expenses for purchasing or building a laminate countertop on-site and labor cost to complete installation. All additional work including old countertop removal or kitchen sink installation will be quoted separately.

Note: actual estimate will be issued by a contractor only after getting measurements and analyzing the work complexity.

Prefabricated laminate countertop prices

Cost of a prefabricated laminate countertop varies from $4 to $9 per sq. ft. depending on brand and material quality. Additional $200 - $270 will be charged by a professional installer for cutting factory fabricated laminate countertop to size, connecting sections and fastening the counter to base kitchen cabinets.

Cost to make a laminate countertop on-site

Laminating a kitchen countertop at a job site will save couple hundred if work can be completed as a do it yourself project. Hiring professional for building and installing the laminate counter will normally cost $350 - $550 depending on a kitchen size, countertop shape and overall work complexity. Additional $230 - $450 expect to spend on purchasing laminate sheet, adhesive, plywood or MDF boards and other materials for making standard 35 – 40 square foot counter from the scratch.

Estimating custom made laminate countertop cost

Cost of a special order custom made laminate countertop will be calculated based on manufacturing expenses, fee for transportation or shipment charge and on-site installation. Minimization of cuts and making seams nearly invisible using latest technologies for manufacturing countertops in shop allows to get the best result which impossible to achieve with hand tools. Normally custom made laminate kitchen counter will be estimated at $15 - $30 per square foot installed.

How color of a laminate countertop will affect the price?

Color is a secondary factor in determination the cost of a laminate countertop, but type of finish, quality and durability of a top protective layer will affect the price at a first place.

How the edge profile will affect the cost of laminate countertop?

Every manufacturer defines its own standard edge profiles which will be made at no extra fees. Creating a custom shaped laminate countertop edges might result in additional $10 - $15 charge per linear foot.

Note: while laminating a countertop at a job site there might be limitations and very often it is impossible to create stylish edge profile using hand tools.

What is the charge for old countertop removal?

Normally $100 - $150 is a typical charge for removal of an old laminate countertop. But fees for any type of demolishing and preparation work vary significantly.

Is it an additional fee for kitchen sink installation?

Drop-in or undermount kitchen sink installation will be priced separately and many installers have a fixed rate which can vary from $80 to $130 to complete the work.

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* The numbers are a general idea what expect to pay for a particular remodeling project. The data was analyzed based on hundreds of home improvement projects, but on the national scale it is NOT enough to say the accuracy is high. Exact labor cost will be estimated only after contractor or installer inspects the area.