The pricing of stainless steel countertops depends on the size of the countertop surface that needs to be covered. The thickness of the the steel is also a factor in determining the price.
Stainless steel countertop dimensions
Stainless steel countertops are priced by square foot. A square foot of plain stainless steel countertop can cost between $60 and $85. Its thickness determines its exact price. If you need to to cover a five square-foot counter, your countertop can cost between $300 and $425.
A regular stainless steel sheet usually has a thickness of three millimeters to six millimeters, or one-fourth inch to one-eighth inch. Thinner stainless steel sheets are ideal for solid surfaces with foundations, while thicker stainless steel sheets are usually used in countertops with no bushing or foundation.
Stainless steel countertop designs
Getting stainless steel countertops gives homeowners and business owners the opportunity to design their own countertops. Stainless steel countertops are usually custom made, and manufacturers can produce them in a wide range of shapes. However, building irregular-shaped stainless steel countertops can be more expensive.
Creating irregular shapes such as octagons and other uncommon polygonal shapes require the help of a skilled metalsmith. These days, making countertops in these shapes also needs the aid of computer-assisted cutting tools, but it comes with a corresponding fee. A five square-foot rectangular stainless steel countertop can cost $300 to $425, while an octagonal piece in the same size can cost between $400 and $500.
Acid etchings in stainless steel countertops
You can decide to have acid etchings on your stainless steel countertop. These designs are elegant, but they come with an expensive price. Acid etchings are priced by linear foot, and their price can range from $4 to $8 per linear foot. This may not seem like a lot of money, but if you want to have longer and extensive acid etchings, then it is going to cost you a lot. A five square-foot rectangular stainless steel countertop can cost $375, but if you want intricate acid etchings along the edge, this additional service can cost you $8 more. The total perimeter of your stainless steel countertop that measures four feet long and one and one-fourth feet wide is 10.5 feet. If you intend to have the entire perimeter covered in acid etching, the detailing can add $84 more to the price of your countertop. On the other hand, the total perimeter of your stainless steel countertop that measures two and a half feet long and two feet wide is nine feet. If you wan to have it covered in acid etching, the detailing can add $72 more to the price.