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Chipped or Cracked Countertop Repair Prices
Countertops see a lot of action, and even the strongest materials can be damaged through use and abuse. Repairing chipped or cracked countertops is a relatively simple procedure and drastically cheaper than countertop replacement. Continue reading this buying guide for an introduction on countertop repairs and an explanation of how much they cost.
Countertop Repair Overview
Among the most popular countertop materials are laminate, solid surface, ceramic, and granite. Below you'll find a summary of what's involved with repairing each type of countertop.
Laminate countertop repair typically involves cleaning the imperfection with a special solvent, applying a laminate repair paste, smoothing it flat with a putty knife, letting it dry, and again using the solvent to remove excess repair paste. Although the laminate repair process is relatively simple, color match can be difficult.
Cracks or chips in a solid surface countertops, commonly referred to as Corian countertops, are usually repaired by removing and replacing the damaged section. In some cases it's possible to use a solid surface countertop repair kit.
Ceramic tile is one of the easier countertop surfaces to crack or chip, but fortunately it is also one of the simplest to repair. Ceramic tile countertop repair is commonly done by replacing the marred tiles with new ones. Another option is to use filler in the chipped or cracked area and refinish the counter surface for a uniform appearance.
The strength of granite may make it seem indestructible, but it too can be damaged. Granite countertop repair consists of applying a patch mix, smoothing it flat, and applying a sealant once the mix dries. Natural slab granite cannot be perfectly color matched due to the uniqueness of each piece, but a close match is possible.
Countertop Repair Costs
The cost to repair chipped or cracked countertops varies from job to job based on the extent of the damage, the type of material, and individual contractor rates. The following pricing information should therefore only be considered a general estimate.
- Repairs done by a countertop professional cost approximately $50 to $100 per hour in addition to any travel fees, inspection fees, and other fees that might be charged.
- You could hire a handyman at a lower rate, maybe around $20 to $50 or more per hour, but understand that their experience with countertop repair may not be on par with a countertop specialist.
- Simple countertop repair costs might be $200 to $500, while more extensive damage could cost approximately $500 to $1,000.
- Do-it-yourself countertop repair kits can be purchased for as little as $25 to $50, but depending on your experience and the magnitude of the job, it may be best to leave the work to a professional.