Some inexpensive materials for creating a kitchen counter top include recycled glass and ceramic tiles. Another option is laminate, which costs from $20 to $60 per square foot, as of October 2015.
Building a new kitchen countertop or remodeling an existing countertop does not have to be a bank-breaking experience. There are several options available to homeowners that cost around $20 per square foot and homeowners can save even more money by installing the countertops themselves.
Laminate countertops are the most common form of inexpensive material used and come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Laminate is made from layers of plastic that are bonded to particleboard until they create a solid work surface. Laminate comes in plain colors or can mimic the look of everything from stainless steel to marble. The more intricate the design, the more expensive laminate becomes. To save money, it is best to stick to a solid color.
Those with more of an artistic flair may opt for recycled glass or tile countertops. Both are inexpensive and may be arranged to create colorful mosaic designs. Both glass and tile are heat resistant, easy to clean and resist stains better than laminate.
Compared to counters, such as granite, these countertop options are much less expensive. Granite countertops cost anywhere from $50 to more than $100 per square foot, depending on the thickness of the slab.