Customers always want to know the price per square foot for our countertops. Unfortunately, there is no hard and fast price like you might get with marble, granite, or almost any other countertop. The main reason is that there are way too many variables to set a standard price. Welding and polishing corners (and sinks) is what adds the majority of the labor to fabricating stainless and copper countertops. If your countertop is raw on three sides and turn down on the front, then we don’t have to weld anything at all; this will be the absolute cheapest countertop you can get. If you have turn downs on all four sides, then we have to weld and polish all four corners. It wouldn’t be fair, or make sense, to charge the same price for a 24″ x 60″ counter with one turn down as a 24″ x 60″ counter with four turn downs.
With that said, we can give some guidelines to help out for budgeting purposes.
48 oz copper countertop 25″ x 110″ with 1 1/2″ turn downs on front and sides, 4″ splash on back – $1460 ($76.45/sq ft)
16 Ga 304 #4 stainless steel countertop 25″ x 110″ with 1 1/2″ turn downs on front and sides, 4″ splash on back – $746 ($39.06/sq ft)
48 oz copper countertop 25″ x 50″ with 1 1/2″ turn downs on front and sides, 4″ splash on back – $905 ($104.26/sq ft)
16 Ga 304 #4 stainless steel countertop 25″ x 50″ with 1 1/2″ turn downs on front and sides, 4″ splash on back – $548 ($63.13/sq ft)
48 oz copper countertop 42″ x 60″ with 1 1/2″ turn downs on all 4 sides – $1652 ($94.40/sq ft)
16 Ga 304 #4 stainless steel countertop 42″ x 60″ with 1 1/2″ turn downs on all 4 sides – $1080 ($61.71/sq ft)
Price to add a cut-out for a 20″ x 30″ sink – $212
Price to weld in a 20″ x 30″ sink (customer’s sink) – $1035
Price to add a 2″ radius corner (per corner) – $120
As you can see, for smaller countertops the pricing between copper and stainless is much closer – while the material costs almost 3 times as much, the labor is the same regardless of material.
The general options for countertop edges are 1 1/2″ turn down, 1 1/2″ turn down with a return, raw, 4″ backsplash, 4″ backsplash with 3/4″ return, and 1 1/2″ marine edge.
You can have us put a cut out for a sink, or weld in a sink you provide (must be 1/16″ thick – 48 oz or 16 Ga stainless).
We can also apply a vibration finish to the countertop – it’s a non-directional finish that helps hide scratches that appear from everyday use. This is most popular on stainless steel countertops.
While you’re at it, check out the anti-microbial properties of copper countertops, and another article on the health benefits of copper countertops.
*These prices are current as of 6/6/11; they are for budgeting purposes only and do not constitute a quote or a contract. Prices are subject to change.