Are your current countertops are looking old, outdated, or worn out? Do you want to get them replaced with new luxurious countertops? Our team of remodeling technicians can install countertops in your kitchen, bathroom, or any other room in your home.
There are many different types of countertops, with different materials and price points. Our experienced remodeling team can help you select the right type of countertop for your needs. Sunny Construction & Remodeling has been helping Chicago area homeowners with kitchen remodeling and countertop installation since 2007.
Why Replace Your Countertops?
A 2019 study by Houzz revealed that 94 percent of homeowners replace their kitchen countertops during a kitchen renovation. Most homeowners want better looking countertops, and want to trade their current countertops for quartz, marble, laminate, or granite. Kitchen remodels often help boost the overall appraisal value of the home, and countertops are a huge part of that aesthetic upgrade.
What Types of Countertop Materials Are Available?
The most popular types of kitchen countertops are made from:
- Quartz or natural stone
- Hardwood / Butcher Block
- Solid Surface
Most people choose quartz, quartzite, laminate, or granite for residential or rental properties. Stainless steel or hammered zinc countertops are less common, but a few people choose these for a more industrial look.
Average Cost of Installing Kitchen Countertops in Your Home
A 2021 report by HomeAdvisor said that the average cost of installing countertops is between $1,858 and $4,192. This number was based on 9,259 HomeAdvisor members.
In a 2019 report by Houzz, they reported countertop installation typically costs between $1,300 and $3,600, with an average price of $2,600. Their study showed higher end countertop installations could cost up to $5,300.
Quartz, granite, and marble are usually the most labor-intensive countertops to install and may cost more to install per square foot than other materials.
Considerations During Countertop Installation
During the installation process, your remodeling contractor will need to remove the old countertops completely, including sinks, etc. Only the cabinets supporting the countertops will be visible before the new ones are installed.
If your contractor must remove the old countertops, they will be careful to avoid any damage to cabinets, kitchen islands, walls, and other fixtures. If your existing countertops are adhered to kitchen backsplash, some wall plaster may come off. The contractor will patch this, and the new backsplash should cover any small removal spots.
The cabinets should be level before installing new countertops. Uneven cabinets can usually be brought level by using shims. An experienced kitchen contractor will have the ability to create a level installation plane for your new, upgraded countertops. This is a vital step that when done correctly will ensure a stable countertop for the lifetime of your home.
Pros and Cons of Different Countertop Materials
Each type of countertop has advantages and drawbacks. Here are pros and cons for each.
Pros: Quartz is incredibly durable, scratch-resistant, and non-porous. This makes quartz easy to maintain. There are many different types of colors and designs. Quartz and quartzite is usually made from quartz and other minerals bonded together with resins, and known as engineered stone. You can almost always find a quartz countertop that fits your intended kitchen or bathroom design.
Cons: This material is more expensive than many other countertop options. Some natural stone countertops are more heat resistant.
Pros: Every piece of granite is unique. Granite is also durable, heat, scratch and UV resistant. Because granite is resistant to sunlight and UV rays, it will not fade in color or intensity over time.
Cons: This countertop option is also expensive compared to other materials. Granite is also very heavy, so your supporting cabinets must be sturdy for this type of countertop to work. Periodically, the granite must be sealed, as it is more porous than quartz.
Pros: Prized for it’s appearance and aesthetic, marble comes in different colors and patterns. It is heat resistant.
Cons: Marble is close to the same price as granite. Slightly less expensive than quartz, though still more expensive than laminate. Marble is very porous, so it must be sealed. It is also not as durable as quartz or granite; marble can develop chips and scratches. Over time, marble develops a natural patina. This many be seen as a positive or a negative, depending on your aesthetic preference.
Pros: Made of lightweight materials, laminate can be supported by most cabinets. Laminate also comes in a wide assortment of colors and patterns.
Cons: More affordable than stone countertops, laminate is also less heat, scratch, and dent resistant than more durable materials. This type of countertop can be burned by a hot pan and can be chipped.
Solid Surface Countertops
Pros: Solid surface is a fancier name for acrylics. These countertops are nonporous, easy to clean, and stain resistant. This type of countertop comes in a wide variety of colors and textures.
Cons: These materials are fairly expensive, slightly less costly than quartz. Solid surface is not heat resistant or scratch resistant. The aesthetic is not as natural looking as quartz, natural stone, granite, or marble.
Pros: This material is fairly durable, hard to burn, and acid resistant. The cost is also low compared to the more luxurious countertops.
Cons: Seams are always visible. Grout is difficult to clean if you don’t seal it right away. Tiles can chip or crack under force, but replacing individual tiles is a straightforward process.
Stainless Steel Countertops
Pros: Heat-resistant, stain-resistant, non-porous, and easy to clean, stainless steel is a good choice for some kitchen designs. Does not fade, get a patina, or change color over time. Can match hardware like sinks, cabinet handles, or appliances. Excellent choice for active kitchens, for chefs, or kitchens where there is lots of cooking.
Cons: More expensive than other countertop materials. Can be damaged by bleach, not scratch-resistant.
Kitchen Remodeling and Countertop Installation in Northwest Chicago
If you are looking to do a full-scale kitchen remodel, Sunny Construction & Remodeling has served the Northwest Chicago suburbs since 2007. We can help you pick kitchen or bathroom remodeling options including a kitchen countertop that fits your needs.
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Home Remodeling Contractors in Northwest Chicago
Sunny Construction & Remodeling helps homeowners in Schaumburg, Palatine, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect and other Chicago neighborhoods with home remodeling. Our team has done hundreds of kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, and basement finishing projects in the Northwest Chicago area. We offer complementary estimates and a five-year warranty on workmanship. If you have a home improvement project you need help with, call the contractor team at Sunny Constrcution & Remodeling for a free estimate at (708) 860-9742.