There are several things to consider when choosing kitchen counter tops. Appearance, use, and of course cost, are among these. Prices can range from $10 per square foot to more than $100. All of these should be factored into whatever decision you finally make.

The most affordable types are laminates, which range in price from $10-$40 per square foot. Although they're not as durable as some styles, they are fairly easy to install. Luckily, they are not expensive and can be replaced easily, as they do wear out quite easily.

There are also a wide variety of colors and textures to choose from. Some provide very good stain resistance and ease of cleaning. The refurbishment of such counter tops can be completed over the weekend. It could be simpler to replace the plywood beneath it also, instead of wasting time trying to ready the older material.

Another style, that is in the middle price range, is ceramic tile. These can cost as much as $50 per square foot, although some can be as little as a few dollars. They're relatively easy to install new, but present some challenges when trying to replace or repair. It can be tedious to separate old pieces that have been stuck together for quite some time.