By the word worktop we mean surfaces that are placed on top of cupboards or sinks usually in a kitchen so that work can be carried out on them.
In this year 2022, a lot of homeowners have in their list of priorities the replacement of kitchen worktops as number one. If you have such plans, then you have chosen the right path in executing your budgets for 2022.
This article will explain in detail the different types of worktops that are obtainable in the UK and the cost of replacing older or worn out ones.
The average cost of replacing a kitchen worktop varies greatly. It is mostly dependent on the type, colour, thickness, style, and material of the worktop you want to fix. Oftentimes, the manufacturer or supplier and the distance of your home determines how much more it will cost you to get your worktop replaced or installed.
Types of Worktop Materials
As earlier said, there are different types of kitchen worktops in existence in the UK. The list below shows the different types of kitchen worktops you can get in the UK and the cost of replacement.
But before I go on with the list, it is worthy to note that Labour cost and time frame for replacing your kitchen worktops are not to be excluded.
A labourer who specialises in fixings or installing a kitchen worktop will charge between £140 to £210 for a day. If the kitchen is a medium sized one, it may not take up to a full day to be completed. Smaller kitchen takes up to 4 or 5 hours to get it done. However, larger kitchens usually take a full day or more to be completed. Other factors like cutting around the sinks or some other kitchen appliances may increase the number of days it will take to replace the kitchen worktop. In the case of a kitchen that has a built-in gas oven, a safe gas engineer needs to be contacted for the removal and reinstallation of the gas oven when the worktop has been replaced. Anything from £60 to £110 will be a good deal for the safe gas engineer. Although some craftiness or specialty may be required from a labourer when replacing a granite or quartz kitchen worktop.
- Granite Worktop. This is one of the most popular and widely used types of kitchen worktop. It is a natural stone material that goes well with any kind of flooring pattern or wall designs. It is very durable and affordable and that has made it more available in use.
- Quartz Worktop. Quartz is another worktop material that is making waves in the industry. Although, it is a man made composite composed of 90 % quartzite and 10% resin. When the rock is heated under pressure, the resultant material is quartz which has very beautiful lines of colours. It is a solid stone that can be substituted for granite because of its toughness in nature.
- Soapstone Worktop. Soapstone has been in use for centuries and got its name from the softness and almost soapy-like feel that you will get when it is touched. It is a solid stone. Among the two types of Soapstone; artistic and architectural, the latter is mostly used for worktops because of its’ strongness in nature than the former.
- Solid Surface Worktop. Around the year 1960, Duplont invented the solid surface worktop under the brand name Corian. The material has a solid surface and is made from acrylic and polyester blends. To mimic the look of natural stones was the original intention of creating solid surface worktops. They are very strong and non-porous.
- Slate Worktop. Slate worktop is a non porous material that requires no maintenance and comes in dark and subtle colours. It is very durable and was formed from clay and silt which has been compacted for millions of years.
- Recycled Glass Worktop. This type of material is becoming more popular day by day. People tend to go for this material because of its eco-friendly properties. It is made of fragments of recycled glasses held together with a blender using resin or cement.
- Tile Worktop. This is a kind of worktop that can be applied on top of an existing laminate worktop. It can also be applied to a plywood. Tile Worktops are made of ceramic tiles. They have beautiful looks when compared to the conventional type of tiles in existence.
- Copper Worktop. As the name implies, they are manufactured from thin sheets of copper materials that can be fastened to a plywood or other kinds of backings.
- Marble Worktop. Worktops of this kind can be seen as luxury. They are natural stones formed from sediments under pressure which afterwards developed into crystalline structures. Some minerals that are attractive can be found deposited on them. They are not as hard as granite and not as soft as Soapstone, hence they are considered a semi strong worktop material.
- Reclaimed Wood Worktop. When wood is reclaimed or salvaged from prior use, it can be used to produce this kind of worktop. Being eco friendly is one of the features of this type of worktop because of its origin from woods.
- Stainless Steel Worktop. The choice of professional chefs over the years has been that of stainless steel worktop. It is stain and heat resistant and can be very durable. It can come in different grades where some grades can be highly resistant in terms of stain. Grade type 304 is the best for a stainless steel worktop. Also, the surface reflectivity of a given piece of the stainless steel is classified with numbers ranging from 0 to 8. In addition, the thickness of the steel are rated in gauges. The 16 and 18 gauge are the most commonly used in a home kitchen worktop.
- Concrete Worktop. Concrete worktops have been in style even till this present time especially for people who like that industrial and rustic look. They are made from concrete with some added pigments which make them look less like a sidewalk. The popularity of this worktop can be very close to that of granite or quartz.
- Butcher Block Worktop. The butcher block worktop is rising in popularity. They are made from glued strips of hard wooden materials with a perfect rustic look. There are three basic styles of this worktop material, namely; the edge, end and face grain butcher block worktop. The edge grain is mostly used for kitchen worktops because it is strong and less expensive. It is created by gluing long boards together by their sides. The face grain is the most expensive because of its resistance to cutting marks while the end grain is hardly used because of its fragility.
- Recycled Paper Worktop. These are made from composite surfaces consisting of pigments, resins and formaldehyde-free substances. They have a soft and warm feel and are available in dark and hue colours. Some companies may offer more vivid colours when asked for it.
Total cost of removing, supplying and replacing a kitchen worktop.
With the different types of kitchen worktops mentioned above, I will show in a tabular manner the total range of cost of getting your kitchen worktop supplied, removed and replaced as well as the cost of hiring a tradesman.
Do not forget that cost varies depending on the size, colour, thickness, and pattern of the material you have chosen. Moreso, additional cost can be incurred in relation to the supplier/manufacturer and how far your house is.
I will be using a standard kitchen size of 3 square metres, 20mm of thickness and 600mm in width for the cost calculation/estimation.
Types of Kitchen worktop
Range of Total Cost
£1000 – £1500
£700 – £1800
£450 – £600
£1200 – £2100
£500 – £1150
£1000 – £1850
£150 – £250
£1000 – £1800
£950 – £1750
£400 – £700
£1000 – £1450
£900 – £1750
£3500 – £6500
£250 – £350
There are some additional cost which can be envisaged while trying to replace your kitchen worktop.
These may include
- Replacing of kitchen cupboard
- Installation of new kitchen sink
- Joint trims
- Tile backsplash
- Worktop edging strip and
On the average, each of the above additional items may cost between £5 to £300.
Two of the most popular and widely used types of kitchen worktop are granite and quartz. They meet up with performance and lifespan. Making a choice of one over the other can be a big task for some people as both look like pure natural stones. Although they both look natural and appear very attractive, when you take a closer look you will find the uniqueness of each of them.
Granite can be more expensive than quartz, but majorly depends on the colour and size.
Cost wise, they are similar in price but with granite having a greater variation in price. Quartz is harder and heavier than granite and may require a professional installer most of the time.