Over the last few years, laminate worktops have been growing massively in popularity. Acting as a cheaper alternative for many of your other typical worktop materials, laminate worktops come in a range of colours and styles.
So why are people replacing their kitchen worktops, and how much should you expect to be paying?
Why are people switching to laminate?
While other worktop types may have a longer lifespan or be more hard-wearing, laminate worktops tend to be a much more affordable option for most households.
Laminate countertops aren’t just more accessible for DIY use, they also come in a wide range of design options and styles – not to mention the low maintenance they require following the installation.
The lower cost and the fact that laminate is easy to maintain makes laminate a great alternative to the likes of solid wood worktops or natural stone counters such as quartz worktops.
How much are laminate worktops?
Depending on the supplier, laminate worktops can cost anywhere from £200 to £800 to supply and fit a five metre worktop.
On average, this type of worktop takes one day to fit, with labour costs averaging at around £100 to £350.
What affects the price of laminate worktops?
There are a variety of reasons that can affect the price of replacing your worktop, from the size, to the supply costs, to any additional costs added through your choice of finish etc.
Size of worktop
The size of the worktop is a main contributing factor to the price, with the worktop getting more expensive the larger it is. To save money, we recommend measuring the area you’ll be having your worktop fitted to before ordering any material – this way you’ll not order more than you need, meaning less money spent.
As mentioned, laminate worktops are not as hard-wearing as materials such as quartz or stone worktops. Despite this, laminate can offer a similar aesthetic without the cost of a natural stone.
It’s possible to order higher quality laminate however this comes with a bigger price tag than those of lower quality. Luxury laminate can be produced with cellulose layers which makes the worktop more resistant to wear-and-tear, as well as making the material stronger.
Choice of finish
Laminate can match many different styles of kitchen due to the finishes available. Your choice of finish also affects the average cost of the worktop, with all finishes coming with different prices.
Laminate worktops tend to come in finishes such as the below and more:
Another large contributing factor to the overall price is your location. Those located in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and the north of England can expect lower prices than those living in southern England and London.