How Much Does It Cost To Replace Kitchen Worktops
Advice and pricing guides on kitchen worktop replacement
Average Worktop Costs
Things to consider when replacing worktops
Many people are surprised to find that location is a major factor in how much it costs to replace kitchen worktops, fitters in London will charge a lot more than those in Scotland or the west of the country. So bear this in mind when comparing prices online. Another caveat about prices you may find online is that it can be very out of date, the actual prices charged by tradesmen vary with the economy. Prices will also be affected by the type of tradesmen or contractor you get in to do the work, a one-man band local tradesman will obviously be a lot cheaper than a national company with lots of employees and a major advertising budget.
The type of material you choose will also impact the price. Laminate worktops are the most common as they are tough, reasonably cheap, and come in lots of different styles and colours. Laminate worktops are also sold in all DIY stores and kitchen retailers at competitive prices. Solid wood worktops are a bit more expensive than laminate worktops, but if you are looking for a “country kitchen” look, then solid wood is a great choice. Solid wood is durable but needs to be sealed and treated regularly to keep it looking good, and softer, cheaper woods can dent easily. But if you’re looking for an extremely tough and hard wearing worktop material, then granite is probably the best choice. Granite is a natural material which has a very shiny finish but is difficult to work with so not a good DIY choice. Quartz or Corian worktops look similar to solid granite but cost a lot less.
Doing it Yourself
Worktops can be a relatively easy job to remove and replace, so this is often done DIY to save money. However, getting a neat finish in any mitred corners of a worktop is not always as easy as it looks. Also, if your walls are not straight and square, you could easily end up making a real mess of it! Remember also that if planning a DIY job, you will still need an approved Gas Safe engineer and/or a qualified electrician to disconnect then reconnect your built-in oven/hob.
If you have decided you have the necessary skills and have decided to replace the worktops yourself, then probably the single most important thing you can do is to measure up accurately! If just replacing an old worktop for a new worktop that’s the same shape, then you just measure the old worktop and use that as a template, but if you are changing the shape or size of the worktop, you need to measure so that you have an even overhang along the front edge of around 10mm to 20mm, also allow for an overhang of 25mm at either end.
It is highly likely that the wall you are fitting the worktop to will be slightly uneven, so you will have to trim the worktop using a scribing block to fit snugly against the wall with no gaps. You can join lengths of worktop by securing the two worktops together underneath with fixing plates after applying glue to one end (this avoids using a joining strip).
To fix the new worktop to the kitchen cabinets attach from underneath using screws and fixing brackets while applying pressure from above. For solid wood worktops, you can sand smooth the unfinished edges then protect them with oil or varnish. Laminated worktops usually come with their own finishing strips to cover the unfinished edges, simply cut to the right length and glue to the edge of the worktop. If you need to cut a recess for the kitchen sink, you’ll have to measure and cut an accurate hole to fit. To make a guide, place the sink upside down where you want it and use a pencil to draw a line tight around the edge. Then measure the lip of the sink and the depth so you can create a recess and fit the sink flush into the worktop. If the sink comes with a seal to go between the sink and the worktop, then take this into account when measuring the depth and simply fit the seal to finish the installation, but if not, just apply some silicone sealant around the edge of the sink recess.
Replacing Worktop Tips
- Replacing the work surfaces can have a major impact on the overall feel of the kitchen space without spending a fortune
- Kitchen worktops are available in a wide range of materials and colours
- You can replace kitchen worktops without damaging the existing kitchen units
- Granite worktops are very popular, but you can also choose glass, laminate, stone or solid wood
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
How long does it take to install new kitchen worktops?
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Will there be any mess after the worktops have been fitted?
Once new worktops are in place will they plumb in/reconnect my sink/gas hob/cooker?
Which is a better material for worktops - granite, quartz or ceramic?
We would like two doors ,3 drawers, side and back panels and plinth replaced. They are currently a gloss dark grey and we would like them a matt anthracite color.
Submitted by Oke
I just want my kitchen cupboards and drawers replaced .Its quite a small kitchen.
Submitted by Cynthia
All kitchen cupboards replacing cheap melamine finish and color are wrong for the room. Worktops also potentially replaced dependent on cost.
Submitted by Nathalie
Replace existing worktop with new worktop as old damaged by water from the sink.
Submitted by Mubarak
The kitchen is small and horrible there is no cupboard or storage space. So would want cupboards and storage space. A new worktop to and a new sink.