How Much Do Limestone Countertops Cost?

Typical Range:

$1,000 - $5,000

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Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.

Updated December 20, 2021

Written by HomeAdvisor.

On average, it costs $2,200 to install a limestone countertop with a typical price range of $1,100 to $5,500. The materials for limestone countertop cost on average $15 to $35 per square foot. It remains one of the most popular choices for countertops, often preferred over other solid surface natural materials, like granite or marble.

Average Cost to Install Limestone Countertop

On average, limestone countertops range from $1,000 to $5,000, with an average cost of around $2,200.

Limestone Countertop Installation Cost per Square Foot

It costs $10 to $70 per square foot to buy limestone countertops, or $15 to $35 per square foot on average.

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Limestone Countertop Cost Factors

Several factors will influence your project’s final price.

Replacing Countertops

The average cost to replace a countertop is $3,000 but can increase by $50 to $6,000 depending on the specific project.

Labor

The labor costs for installing a limestone countertop are, on average, $10 to $30 per square foot. Contractors usually charge by the square foot, and your total cost will depend on the accessibility and space size.

Tile vs. Slab Countertop

Depending on the look you’re crafting, you may choose to install a tile or slab limestone countertop.

Installing slab costs roughly $10 to $15 per square foot, while installing tile tends to be around $20 to $30 per square foot.

Removal of Existing Countertop

If you’re getting a new countertop, you’ll need to have your old countertop removed. Countertop removal is on average $50 to $300 depending on size and materials.

The location of your new countertop is also a cost factor. Bathroom countertop installation tends to be more expensive since the units are smaller.

Moving/Rewiring Plumbing

Depending on where you’re installing your countertop, you may have to reroute a (or several) plumbing line(s). The cost to reroute a plumbing line is, on average, $650 to $1,500. Additional costs may include drywall materials, length and accessibility.

Countertop Fabrication

Fabrication is basically an inspection where a professional ensures you're getting the best possible appearance in color and texture. Fabrication usually makes a project run up to 50% more than prefabricated pieces. With fabrication, a professional cuts and polishes stone slabs before installation, where prefabricated pieces are made ready to install.

Waterfall Countertop

Waterfall countertops have sides (at least one) that extend down, vertically, and reach the floor. On the flip side, traditional countertops feature a slab placed on top of base cabinets or an island.

If you opt for a waterfall countertop, you can expect to pay an additional $1,000 to $3,000 after factoring in the average cost for a limestone countertop.

Haul Away Old Material

If you’re getting a new countertop, you may need to hire someone to remove and haul away the old junk material. Junk removal costs range from $130 to $360 with an average cost of $230.

DIY vs. Hire a Pro

Limestone countertop installation is not a DIY project recommended for homeowners. You’ll want to hire a professional contractor near you since this can be an extensive project. Plus, if you improperly install the limestone, you’ll have to get it repaired later.

On average, it costs $350 to repair countertops. When hiring a professional, make sure you do substantial research, get at least three written quotes, find references and make sure they have the proper insurance.

FAQs

How long does countertop installation take?

Depending on whether you get a fabricated or prefabricated countertop, installation will take an average of 1 to 3 days.

Can I use limestone for kitchen countertops and bathroom countertops?

Limestone is a common material for both kitchen and bathroom counters. It’s important to understand that limestone reacts to acid, so it will require some maintenance. This may include applying a protective sealer to your countertop to ensure correctly filled pores. This protective sealer will allow your limestone to repel spills and last for longer.

When cleaning your limestone, don’t use cleaners containing acids. In general, you should avoid placing acid foods or substances directly on the limestone, such as vinegar, wine, and citrus juices.

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