The cost to install a concrete countertop can range from $60 - $130 per square foot. This cost includes building the forms, designing, pouring, and finishing the concrete as well as installation.
What you're paying for mostly is the skill and experience of the concrete contractor installing your countertop, not the materials and supplies needed to build it.
The average cost to have a concrete countertop installed is around $7500.00 with a low range of $5000 and a high range of $10,000.
$60 - $100 Per Sq. Ft
Basic gray concrete countertop
Has rounded or square edges
Sanded smooth or lightly polished
Clear matte or gloss sealer for finish
$100 - $130 Per Sq. Ft
Gray or colored countertop
Adding glass, Shells, or other objects
Higher polish - exposed aggregate
Clear matte or gloss sealer for finish
$130 - More
More thickness or unique mix design
Special design like higher back splash
Adding special aggregate or inlays
Highly polished - matte or gloss sealer
$500 - $1000 to diy a concrete countertop 25 - 30 square feet total
There's no question you can diy a concrete countertop and save a lot of money.
Just know it is a lot of work and there are some unique skills required that involve knowing how to work with concrete that will either make or break you as far as your final outcome.
With that said, if you do the research and are handy with forming, working with power tools & pouring concrete, you can save thousands of dollars doing your own concrete counters.
7 bags Quikrete 5000
2 Sheets Melamine for forming
Misc. supplies & tools/rentals
Total diy cost:
$350.00 may vary for your situation
Check out this diy concrete countertop by Pete. He demonstrates how to install your own in this video!
$60 - $130 PER SQ FT
$19 - $49 PER SQ FT
$21 - $69 PER SQ FT
$49 - $89 PER SQ FT
$71 - $150 PER SQ FT
$79 - $139 PER SQ FT
$109 - $240 PER SQ FT
The above cost comparisons are average costs to install various types of countertops with the average costs taken from multiple different sites in the web.
All Concrete countertop costs will vary in price among the many different contractors who build them.
I'll give you the perspective from one, my friend, Jon Meade of Jon Meade Design. Jon has been building and installing concrete countertops for 15 years.
He's built many kinds of concrete countertops from plain gray with a polished finish to highly decorative with special stone, glass or metal embedded into the surface and polished to a gloss finish.
He builds and installs them in homes, bars, restaurants, villas, condos, and much more.
Although each concrete countertop he builds is unique, the average cost of a concrete countertop he builds is $100.00 dollars per square foot.
The one below is a basic colored concrete countertop Jon installed for a customer's kitchen.
If you're comparing costs between concrete countertops and granite, marble, or corian, you're not really comparing apples to apples.
Concrete countertops are hand crafted every step of the way. The forms are made by hand, the mix is poured and leveled by hand, the concrete is colored, finished, and polished by hand. You just don't get that kind of unique quality from any other type of material.
Try incorporating a drain board into granite or embedding decorative glass, sea shells, or stones you found at the beach into marble or achieving the translucent effects of concrete stain on corian, you just can't get the same desirable looks that you can by using concrete for your countertop.
So the question is, is the concrete countertop cost of $100.00 dollars per square foot a lot of money or is it a bargain?
I think it's a bargain.
As you get quotes for concrete countertop prices, make sure the estimate is hand written in proposal or contract form and very detailed as to what is included in the price and what is not.
If you're trying to decide how to choose a concrete countertop contractor, look for one who will educate you about how the concrete will perform as a countertop.
He or She should be very clear about the durability, maintenance, what to avoid, and how a problem would be fixed. They should make you feel confident you've chosen the right person to build your concrete countertop, remember, this will last a lifetime.
Take your time and review the costs above. It's not just about the price in some cases. It's about what you want to live with. You use your kitchen a lot and you want to be happy with what you choose for a countertop.