Renovating a kitchen typically includes replacing the countertops, often as an upgrade from a laminate surface to tile. This process usually involves removing the existing countertop in one piece if possible. The primary advantage of this strategy is that it allows a new one to be installed without further preparation of the surface. The means and thoroughness by which the countertop is attached is generally the biggest cost factor in its removal.
|What you can expect|
|Range per countertop:||$41.23||$75.00|
|Range for this type of project:||$41||$75|
Countertop Labor, Basic
Labor cost, under typical conditions, for complete project. Countertop will be detached from adjacent surfaces, broken into portable segments, and removed from premises. Fee is inclusive of all aspects of the project, such as thorough planning, acquisition of equipment and material, preparation and protection of project site, and meticulous cleanup.
Countertop Debris Disposal
Responsible disposal of all project debris, including the cost to load and haul old materials, installation waste, and any other refuse.
|cost to remove countertops|
|National Avg. Materials Cost per countertop||$18.94|
|National Avg. Cost (labor and materials) for 1 countertop||$57.18|
|National Cost Range (labor and materials) for 1 countertop||$40.57 - $73.79|
The most significant step in preparing a countertop for removal is taking out the sink and faucet. This step involves shutting off the water and disconnecting the plumbing fixtures. Minor leaks can sometimes happen, so it's a good idea to place a bucket and towels in the cabinet beneath the sink beforehand. It's also recommended that items in the drawers under the countertop be removed before beginning.
Removing a countertop shouldn’t require much in the way of materials, but the time needed to cut through the glue holding it onto the particleboard is a major cost factor. Patient use of a putty knife is essential, and removing stubborn glue may require repeated application of a solvent such as acetone. A countertop that’s attached with nails or screws increases the removal time which adds to the cost of the project.
The experience needed to cut through the glue without damaging the particleboard underneath is one of the most important reasons to hire a professional for this task. A professional also knows when and how to use a pry bar properly so that no damage occurs.