Whether you’re getting new countertops or replacing old ones, it’s always a substantial purchase. But if you do some research, you’ll find that some countertop materials are more affordable than others. Let’s look at some of the best options for new countertops on a budget.

How You Can Get New Countertops on a Budget

Butcher Block Countertops

Butcher block is a material many like because of its farmhouse style and wood look. But the type of wood can determine how inexpensive it is. Maple can be pretty cheap, especially when compared to stone tile. That being said, if it’s high-quality wood, it can be as expensive as slab granite.

But no matter how inexpensive it is, spills need to be cleaned immediately; it’s not heat-resistant and can crack easily if allowed to dry. The average price of butcher block countertops is from $20 to $70 per square foot.

Concrete Countertops

Concrete countertops can be inexpensive and give you a durable and modern look. You can also have it customized to whatever color you want. 

But if you want to save money, you can pour your own concrete countertop. Just be aware that it’s a heavy material and requires care when installing it. It must also be sealed so it doesn’t stain, but cracks and knicks can be easily prepared. The average price ranges from $65 to $135 per square foot.

Laminate Countertops

Laminate is typically the most affordable countertop material. It’s made of a bonded particleboard formed to make a solid surface. It comes in a range of colors and patterns. You can also dress it up in several different ways, and it can be made to look like granite, marble, butcher block, and most other materials. Although, it can scratch and stain easily.

The average price ranges from $15 to $65 per square foot.

Solid Surfacing Countertops

Solid surface countertops are made of acrylic and polyester, require almost no maintenance, and come in many colors and patterns. The average price ranges from $40 to $150 per square foot.

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Tile Countertops

While it depends on your tile type, a tile countertop can be a budget-friendly option. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are some of the most inexpensive options, and since they come in a variety of colors and patterns, they can fit whatever style you’re looking for. You can even find ones that look like granite and marble but for a much lower price. The average price is typically between $15-$20 per square foot.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are manufactured and usually cost anywhere between $70 to $120 per square foot. There are many stunning colors and styles to choose from to fit any home’s style.

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The cost of granite can average around $66-$120 per square foot. It comes in many different colors and styles and is heat, stain, and scratch-resistant. It does need to be sealed and re-sealed, but the process is relatively quick and easy.


Quartzite is a natural stone countertop option that resembles marble. It’s quite durable and pretty easy to maintain, making it perfect for those who are hard on their countertops. Quartzite typically costs around $60-$120 per square foot.


Limestone is a natural stone that’s mostly made out of calcium carbonate. It typically comes in white or off-white, but other color variations include beige, ivory, beige, red, brown, and yellow.

It does require quite a bit of maintenance with regular sealing so that it doesn’t stain. You also can’t cut directly on it and need a cutting board. On average, it costs between $10-$70 per square foot, so it’s definitely an affordable option.

Countertop Remnants

Here at Kowalski Granite & Quartz, we’re proud to be one of the few granite and quartz suppliers offering discounted remnants to our customers. While many of our competitors will only sell full slabs of stone, we don’t believe in letting beautiful, usable pieces or stone go to waste! Our showroom is currently stocked with remnants of every size and color, all deeply discounted, to offer you some fantastic parts perfect for any project you have in mind at a price that simply can’t be beaten. Visit our showroom and take a look at our massive selection — we’d love to help you find the perfect stone for your next home improvement project.

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Find the Perfect Countertops With Kowalski Granite & Quartz

When you’re looking for the best way to get new countertops on a budget, look no further than Kowalski Granite & Quartz. We have a unique and unparalleled selection of granite, quartz, or solid surface stone for your home. We also offer an impressive collection of countertop remnants that are perfect for remodeling small kitchens and bathrooms. Stop by our showroom and discover the beauty of our remnants for yourself!

Kowalski Granite & Quartz

17169 Hayes Street
Grand Haven, MI 49417

P (616) 842-1951

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