How Much Does It Cost to Repair, Resurface, or Relaminate a Countertop?

Matt Marandola
Written by Matt Marandola
Reviewed by Robert Tschudi
Updated March 3, 2022
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Highlights

  • It costs anywhere from $200 to $500 to repair or resurface a countertop.

  • Depending on the material of the countertop, prepare to pay anywhere from $100 to $1,200.

  • Repairing or resurfacing a countertop yourself will run around $50 to $100 on average.

  • Always clean up food spills on countertops to avoid damage to the sealant.

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Depending on the material of the countertop as well as what type of repair it needs, countertop repair can range from as low as $100 to as high as $1,200. However, most homeowners only report paying around $200 to $500 for their countertop repairs or resurfacing. 

Your countertops can make or break a kitchen. So when a sudden chip, crack, or even dent appears on the surface, you’re going to want to hire a countertop repair contractor in your area ASAP.

Minimum CostNational Average CostMaximum Cost
$100$350$1,200

Cost of Countertop Repair Near You

Here are the city averages of countertop repair for some of the metropolitan areas around the United States:

CityCost
Orlando, FL$450
Los Angeles$425
Boston$475
Houston$400
New York$425
Denver$225
Minneapolis$300
Chicago$350

As you can see, there’s little to no difference in price between most states. Realistically, the final price of the repair will come down to the cost of labor in your area and the extent of the repairs needed.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair, Resurface, or Relaminate a Countertop?

There are several different types of common repairs for countertops. This may be something along the lines of repairing a crack in the countertop, or maybe you’re looking to completely resurface the countertop because the laminate has worn away from food spills and everyday use.

“One of the most common problems we see in countertops is burn rings from hot pots and pans that were placed directly on the surface,” says Bob Tschudi, Expert Review Board Member and Raleigh, N.C.-based general contractor. “We then evaluate the cost of repair versus replacing it entirely. In most cases, we end up replacing the countertop.”

Repairing Cracks, Chips, or Dents

Repairing a crack, a chip, or dents in countertops will come down to the type of material the countertop is made out of. The easier the material is to work with, the less it typically costs to repair those imperfections. 

This makes countertops made of laminate cost around $150 to $650 on average, whereas stainless steel countertops will range anywhere from $500 to $1,000.

Resurfacing

Resurfacing, sometimes known as relaminating, revolves around adding a new layer of laminate or sealant on the countertop. This may mean stripping the rest of the laminate and completely replacing it or simply adding another layer over the existing laminate. 

People often resurface their countertops because certain food items, such as ketchup, may spill and ruin them if not cleaned up in a timely manner.

“We tell customers to avoid putting hot pots and pans on countertops, avoid chopping and slicing food on the countertop, and clean up acidic liquids—like vinegar, lemon juice, and tomato sauce—as quickly as possible,” says Tschudi.

Expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $1,200, depending on the material and type of sealant you want to use on your countertops.

How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Countertop by Square Foot?

The average countertop is cut from a 41-square-foot piece of material. It’s then roughly cut down to around 30 square feet on average. This brings the cost of countertop repair to around $10 to $12 per square foot, including materials and labor.

Repairing a Countertop Cost Breakdown

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This is where it truly starts coming down to your individual countertop. There’s going to be a much different process for repairing butcher block countertops with a crack than a stainless steel countertop with a dent. Labor can also vary greatly depending on where you live.

Materials

Countertop repair prices can vary depending upon what’s currently trending for home decor. Whereas granite countertops were once the top dogs, countertops such as butcher block or quartz are now finding themselves in the spotlight.

Here are common prices to repair different countertop materials:

MaterialCost
Laminate$150 – $650
Granite$200 – $1,200
Marble$200 – $1,200
Slate$100 – $300
Corian$200 – $500
Quartz$200 – $500
Caesarstone$200 – $500
Tile$350 – $400
Wood/butcher block$200 – $500
Stainless steel$500 – $1,000
9 countertop materials compared by cost, with granite ranging from $200 to $1,200

Labor

The cost of labor will range anywhere from $35 to $100 per hour. Though for smaller jobs that take under an hour, some contractors may charge a flat fee ranging from $50 to $150.

Cost to Repair a Countertop Yourself

If you’re comfortable with a paintbrush, this is certainly a task you can handle yourself. There are plenty of DIY resurfacing and repair kits out on the market. 

These kits will run from $25 to $50, though you may need to pick up extra materials such as tarp and tape, which will run you another $25 to $50.

Cost to Repair a Countertop Yourself vs. Hiring a Contractor

By repairing a countertop yourself, you’re roughly saving around $250 on average. However, you’ll need a couple of hours to complete the project, so keep this in mind.

The cost of labor is often worth it, as you need to apply the countertop coating evenly, or else you might have a lopsided prepping experience. You also want to ensure the colors come out even.

Repairing or Resurfacing a Countertop Questions and Answers

How often do you need to resurface or reseal your countertops?

Ideally, you’ll need to resurface or reseal your countertops every three years. Though your mileage may vary from every two years to every four years.

Should you repair or replace a countertop?

Extensive chips and cracks may require a full replacement of the countertop. The cost to install a new countertop is around $3,000 on average.

How do you care for your kitchen countertops?

To care for your kitchen countertops, always take care of food spills right away. You should also match the countertop cleaner to your countertop surface, as certain cleaners can erode the sealant for the wrong countertop.

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