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How Much Do Concrete Countertops Cost?

The cost of installing concrete countertops can vary greatly. However, the average cost of concrete countertop installation is about $98 per square foot. Before hiring a contractor to complete your project, take some time to think about what you want and use this article to determine how much it is going to cost. This list is intended to help you make an informed hiring decision.

Here is a list of factors that will impact the cost:

1. How large will the countertops be? The cost of concrete countertops is typically charged by the square foot. For larger countertops, you’ll need more material (which will add to the cost of your project). Covering an island or mini bar will also add to the overall cost.

2. Thickness. Concrete countertops are generally about 1.5” thick. Concrete countertops any thicker than this will come at an additional cost. These countertops are also heavier and they may be more labor-intensive to install.

3. Pre-cast or made on-site? Concrete countertops are typically made off-site in precast molds. Concrete is very heavy and moving these pieces can be very challenging. In some cases, you will need to pay a delivery charge (especially for long distance deliveries). Concrete countertops can also be made on-site, right where they will be installed. For this type of installation, you may pay an hourly rate for labor.

4. Type of concrete. Most concrete countertops are made with traditional ready mix concrete. This type of concrete can be very heavy and difficult to move. For an additional cost, you may choose to install glass-fiber reinforced concrete (or GFRC) countertops. These countertops are strong, durable, and relatively lightweight (when compared to traditional concrete). They are often made with recycled materials and they can be installed in much thinner layers.

5. What type of sealer will be used? All concrete countertops are installed with a basic sealer to keep out moisture. However, you may choose to upgrade to an epoxy or polyurethane sealer that can provide additional stain resistance. Concrete can also be polished or finished with a high-gloss sealer to give it a high-end look.

6. Decorative accents and finishes. When installing these countertops, you may choose to add some special decorative features. These will all likely add to the cost of installation. For example, you can embed aggregates (stones, pebbles, etc.) or install custom inlays and drainboards.

7. Edges and corners Basic edges and corners will be included in the cost of installation. However, if you would prefer ornate edges and rounded corners, this will be slightly more expensive. Additionally, curved designs are generally more expensive than straight lines and rectangular shapes.

8. Concrete backsplash. If you’re interested, the countertops can be extended to include a built-in backsplash. Adding a backsplash will add to the material cost of your project.

9. What color will the countertops be? Concrete countertops can be integrally colored, stained, or dyed. There is a wide selection of dyes and pigments available. Earth tones are generally more popular, but there many other options to choose from.

We hope that this information has been useful to you. Take a look at the ProMatcher Concrete Cost Report for information on the cost of installing concrete countertops in your home. If you’re ready to start your project, we can match you to a pro in your local area.

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