Last updated: 3rd Oct 2018
The benchtop often makes the biggest statement in the kitchen – but it’s important to consider function and aesthetic when choosing your design and material. Benchtops receive much wear and tear on a daily basis, from hot pots and pans to food stains to cutting marks. Picking the right material will heavily depend on how you use the kitchen and how big your family is (or if there’s no family to consider at all!). Prices vary quite significantly depending on the complexity of work and choice of material. You should prepare approximately $66/hr for installing kitchen benchtops. Vendors will vary, so you can expect the costs to go anywhere from $50/hr to $77/hr.
One of the main factors that determine the price of kitchen benchtop installation is the difficulty of the job. This aspect is typically based on the shape of the benchtop as well as the material that you want.
Kitchen benchtops are usually rectangular, but some homeowners opt to have, for example, a keyhole-shaped benchtop to have extra space for preparing food. Since this is an unusual shape, installing this kind of benchtop can be difficult for your installer.
Materials, on the other hand, come in a wide array; they have varying prices too. Some of the most common choices for kitchen benchtops are the following:
While not as popular as they once were, wooden benchtops are perfect if you want to create a homey ambience in your kitchen. The material is also quite flexible, so it can match any style or design. Apart from that, it’s relatively affordable as well. Be careful, though, in choosing the type of timber for your kitchen benchtop. Softer woods can be easily damaged by moisture and require a lot of maintenance, so you might want to try heat-treated timber or bamboo instead. For professional installation of a solid timber, pre-oiled benchtop, you’re looking at around $500-$1500 per square metre.
Granite is another popular material for kitchen benchtops, and its durability and natural look are the top reasons why it’s a premium choice. It’s available in a range of colours and patterns, so you can certainly find a particular style that suits your taste. For budget options, expect to pay around $700 per square metre, with prices reaching up to $1600 per square metre for the more premium varieties.
Marble is loved by many homeowners because of its classic appeal. It also comes in different colours and designs, so you can definitely find a unique slab for your benchtop. This is ideal if you’re looking to add an extra punch of character in your kitchen design. Just make sure to seal your marble benchtop as this kind of material can be porous. Of course, sealing it would mean additional expenses so allot a budget for that. Prices can vary significantly, but you can generally expect to pay more for marble than granite. Budget range sits around $800 per square metre, while top of the range can be as pricey as $2000 per square metre.
These days, quartz has become the most popular choice of material due to the availability, affordable price and great range of colours available. Created from a blend of crushed granite and resins, quartz produces a much more consistent colouring than natural granite, appealing to customers looking for a block colour. You can expect to pay more for a thicker quartz slab and for the marble-look varieties. Prices range approximately around $500 to $1500 per square metre (incl. installation).
The most cost-effective of all benchtop materials, laminate continues to be a popular choice for many. An extensive choice of colours is available, and can cost as little at $100 per square metre for budget options and up to $350-$400 per square metre for higher end. Installing laminate benchtops can be done DIY, or by a handyman or cabinet maker (much cheaper than stone installation!). Increasingly, stone-effect laminate is being used as a substitute for the real deal – and looks like the real deal too!
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Pricing information correct as at July 2017.
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