Cost of Replacing Kitchen Worktops
A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to replace your kitchen worktops, including the costs of labour and materials.
A kitchen worktop is intended to expand workable space. Dicing, chopping, cutting, and meal-prep are all things you can do on a fully functional worktop. If you don’t have a worktop or are ready to remove the old and install a new one, there are some things which go into this remodel upgrade.
Of course, you have to make sure the new worktop will fit where the old one was. However, there are also upgrades you can complete, adding new worktop dimensions to the space, or additional projects you wish to complete, to go alongside your new worktop.
What replacing a kitchen worktop entails
The first step is removal. However, the space around the worktop should be cleared. You have to be sure you can drill, remove, and safely take out the old worktop which is installed in the kitchen. From there, the next step is measuring the space. Either measuring the current space or expanding/decreasing the size, where the new worktop will be installed.
If you want a different size, shape, or want to add additional features around the worktop (such as outlets for appliances), also consider these additions when discussing the design with your contractor. This will allow them to properly allocate space for the worktop, as well as the additional upgrades you want to place around it.
Costs & time frames
Installing a new worktop on its own shouldn’t cost too much money. Contractors might charge anywhere from £150-£250 per day, for the cost of labour. And, the project shouldn’t take more than 1-2 days to complete. In addition to this, the cost of the new worktop has to be calculated to your project cost. Depending on the material, size, and additional upgrades around the worktop station, these costs will greatly vary from one home’s kitchen to the next. The variance in price of different materials can be large, for example, granite can cost more than triple of what laminate would for the same amount of material.
Of course, issues with plumbing, wiring, or electrical work, are going to increase the cost of your project. So, make sure you understand in full what the work entails, how long it will take, and possible complications, so you can properly budget for this upgrade to your kitchen space.
Tips for a new kitchen worktop
Choose a material which is easy to clean. You don’t want something that gets smelly, is going to stain, or will easily cause cross-contamination. Kitchens are dirty, so go with a material for your new worktop which is easy to clean and easy to sanitize after use.
Also, consider the durability of your new worktop. Choose those options which won’t get damaged easily, won’t easily nick from knives chopping, and those which can withstand high heats. You are in a kitchen, so durability is of utmost importance when choosing the stations you will be working in.
Potential installation issues
A major issue will come if you decide to change the size of the workstation. If it is not properly measured, or if you custom orders a new worktop which hasn’t been measured 100% accurately, discrepancies will arise. So, choose to work with a professional who will take the time to measure, and fit your new worktop.
If you plan on adding outlets or other upgrades around the worktop, this can also cause delays in the project. It is best to work with a contractor who can do all of the projects and will guarantee the work they do. You don’t have to worry about major setbacks in the work this way.
Other projects to consider
If you’ve been considering new appliances, you can purchase them at this time. They will look good with your new worktop, they are easy to place when you are working in the kitchen, and you can fully update the space so it will have that modern look and feel you want in the space.
If you have to perform wiring work or electrical work, consider doing it now. Also, if you want to add a sink to the worktop area, make sure you have plumbing in place to do so. Performing these projects in conjunction with one another will eliminate the new to hire multiple contractors. The job will be completed in less time and will cost less money.
Here is a list of commonly asked questions in regards to having your kitchen worktops removed and new worktops fitted.
Q Will this be a costly home upgrade?
Like any kitchen remodel project, it can be. The replacement alone won’t cost much. What will increase prices is the labour, plumbing, wiring, electrical work, or other setbacks which present themselves when doing this upgrade in your kitchen.
Q Can I order custom tops?
Yes, you can order custom worktops. You can choose various material finishes, details and designs, shapes, sizes, and have a worktop which is custom designed for your kitchen space. It ultimately depends on how much time you have to complete the work, and what your budget it, that will dictate how your new worktop looks.
Q Can I choose any worktop material?
Yes, if it is custom made. However, it is best to stick with materials which are anti-bacterial, can easily be cleaned, and are safe when handling food. Also choose materials which are easy to sanitize, to improve safety in food handling in your kitchen.
Q How do I know its time for replacement?
If it is very old, even if it doesn’t show wear, you might choose to replace it. Additionally, if there is obvious damage, or the worktop is extremely dirty, you might choose to replace it. If you are simply ready to remodel the kitchen, this is also a good time to replace your worktop.
Q Is this a simple DIY project?
If you choose a drop in worktop, you can possibly do this project on your own. However, if there is cutting, sawing, or custom-designed stations, it might be a better option to hire a licensed contractor to perform these services in your kitchen.