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Quartz Countertops Cost

Quartz countertops cost and buyers guideDon’t be fooled by hidden costs – use our calculator to find out what the typical installed prices for Quartz Countertops are in your area.

As an experienced licensed home improvement contractor, I know first hand what the average cost is for various levels — from Basic, Better, and of course the best.

Our quartz countertop cost calculator will provide you with up-to-date pricing for your region. Simply input your zip code and the square footage, then hit enter.

A typical standard countertop measurement is: 24″ width by the standard lengths of: 8′, 10′, and 12′ for example: 2′ x 8′ = 16 square ft.

Quartz Countertops Costs Zip Code Sq. ft.
Basic Better Best
Quartz Countertops – Material Prices $2645.00 – $2720.00 $3332.50 – $3395.00 $3667.50 – $4107.50
Quartz Countertops – Installation Cost $312.50 – $317.50 $325.00 – $382.50 $390.00 – $400.00
Quartz Countertops – Total $2957.50 – $3037.50 $3657.50 – $3777.50 $4057.50 – $4507.50
Quartz Countertops – Total Average Cost per square foot $59.95 $74.35 $85.65

How Much Does Quartz Countertops Cost?

For the most part, quartz countertops run on average $70 – $80 without installation per sq. Ft.  and as much as $100 per square foot and higher. However, this is greatly depending on the brand and Quartz slab of choice, thicknesses and quality rating.

  • Low-quality quartz: $50 to $65 per square foot
  • Mid-quality quartz: $65 to $75 per square foot
  • High-quality quartz: $75 to $90 per square foot

Always shop around at local supply houses and see if they are a full shop supplier and not some middleman – You’ll save a lot of money if the quartz supplier does all three: Quarry, Fabricate and install. However, this isn’t always the case in your local area, so compare brands and stone cuts and work the numbers.

Some popular bands in no order are: Cambria, Silestone, Caesarstone.


How Much Will It Cost to Install a Quartz Countertop?

The cost to install a quartz countertop on average is roughly $175 – $300.00 per square foot. These prices can vary entirely dependent on what kind of finishes you are looking for: the number of sink cut-outs, fixtures, edging detail all add up to more work for the installer – these types of cuts are done on-site.

Quartz Countertop cost factors – Here’s how it all adds up:

  1. Sink cut-outs: Depending on the size of your sink and if it’s under-mount styled sink, this will run you between $150 – $300.00 per cut-out.
  2. Fixture cut-outs: This could be anything from electrical or soap dispensers. This will run $75 – $125.00 each.
  3. Edging: This pertains to the edge style or pattern: Eased, beveled, double-beveled, full-nose, or half-nose, will add to the price of $20 – $30.00 per lineal ft.

How Does the Installation Process Work?

  • Fabrication: This is a delicate process that involves choosing the perfect slab of quartz stone to cut to size. Followed by shaping the stone with a template and applying the chosen edging, etc.
  • Leveling: Before any installation is done, there’s quality checks the installer will need to do and that’s making sure the cabinets are perfectly level and can support the added weight of the stone.
  • Adding supports: Sometimes there isn’t enough adequate support around dishwashers, trash draws, sinks, etc. to support the additional weight. The contractor will then add what is need for a secure and safe install.
  • Seam jointing: This is a process where to intersecting pieces are joined together – this is done when you have the typical “L shape” kitchen counter. Seams are joined together by epoxy sealant.

Is a Quartz Countertop Right For Me?

Now that you know all about the costs of quartz countertops, the next question is: are they right for you? The answer to this question depends on your lifestyle and needs.

If you’re looking for a countertop that is low-maintenance and durable, then quartz is a good option. Quartz is also a good choice if you want a countertop that doesn’t require sealing or polishing.

However, if you’re looking for a countertop with lots of character and texture, then quartz may not be the best option. Quartz is a smooth, uniform material and can be quite plain-looking. If you’re looking for something with more personality, then you may want to consider a different type of countertop like:

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Quarry tile
  • Concrete.

Each of these materials has its own unique look and offers a different level of durability and maintenance:

Granite is one of the most commonly used countertops because it’s extremely durable and requires very low maintenance. But granite is also expensive.

Benefits of Quartz Countertops

There are several benefits of quartz that homeowners should consider when deciding on what material to use for their counters. Quartz is non-porous, so it does not harbor bacteria as other materials can. So let’s dive into the advantages of Quartz:

Customizable

Quartz can be customized to any color or design that you desire. There are many different colors and patterns to choose from, so you can find the perfect one to match your kitchen’s style.

Scratch and stain-resistant

Quartz is highly resistant to scratching and staining, so you don’t have to worry about damaging your countertops. This is because quartz is made of extremely small particles fused together without any gaps or crevices for dirt or bacteria to get trapped in.

Antibacterial

As mentioned before, quartz is non-porous and does not harbor bacteria. This makes it a great choice for countertops in kitchens and bathrooms where hygiene is important.

Low maintenance costs

Quartz requires little to no maintenance, so you won’t have to spend a lot of time and money keeping them clean. In fact, the only thing you really have to do is wipe up spills as they happen.

Increased home value

Since engineered quartz countertops are so durable and customizable, they can increase the value of your home if you ever decide to sell. So if you’re looking for a long-term investment, quartz is a great choice.

What are the disadvantages of quartz countertops?

Quartz countertops have a few drawbacks, one of which is their high cost. Quartz also isn’t as heat-resistant as other materials such as granite, so it’s not advised for use around high-heat appliances.

Quartz itself can withstand a high level of heat, but the resin used in its manufacturing process cannot. Anything greater than 150 degrees Fahrenheit such as a hot pan or pot placed directly on your countertop may irreparably harm your counter if it remains for extended periods of time.

The problem occurs when the resin is heated excessively, it may discolor and lighten in color. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to repair this when it happens. So always lean on the side of caution and use hot pads or trivets to protect your Quartz counters.

DIY vs. hiring a Quartz Countertop Installer?

There are pros and cons to both options when it comes to installing quartz countertops in your home. A big pro for DIY is the cost savings – you can save a significant amount of money by doing the installation yourself. However, there is a lot of work involved in a successful DIY quartz countertop installation, so it’s not for everyone.

How To Maintain Quartz Countertops?

The best way to clean quartz countertops is by using a mild detergent and warm water. Apply the detergent to a clean cloth and wipe the surface. Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

To remove stubborn stains, use a commercial cleaner or a paste of baking soda and water. Apply the cleaner or paste to a clean cloth and wipe the surface. Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

Do not use abrasive cleaners, scouring pads, or bleach on quartz countertops. These can damage the surface of the countertop.

FAQ’S

  1. Which is more expensive granite or quartz?

Granite is on average about 20% more expensive than quartz. This is because granite is a natural stone and each slab is unique. Quartz is man-made and therefore less expensive to produce.

2. What countertop is cheaper than quartz?

Corian is less expensive to begin with than quartz. Corian costs between $45 and $70 per square foot, whereas quartz starts at $60 per square foot and can top out at over $200 per square foot. Due to the material’s fragility and poor resale value, Corian will cost more in the long run.

Other options are laminate and butcherblock. Laminate is the cheapest, at about $10 per square foot, but it’s also the most susceptible to damage. Butcherblock is a little more expensive, but it’s still cheaper than quartz and can be resurfaced as needed.

Quartz Countertops – Pricing and Installation Cost Checklist

  • Expect engineered Quartz Countertop costs to fluctuate between various Countertops companies – every company has different operation expenses and overhead.
  • Try to get prices in late Fall, early winter – you should expect aggressive pricing discounts by waiting for a contractor’s down season.
  • Try to budget an additional 7-15% more on top of what our calculator gives out for Quartz Countertops cost.
  • Visit home improvement stores such as Lowes, Home Depot, Floor-n-decor, or Menards that sell your particular brand of Quartz Counters and try to negotiate a better price per square foot with each supplier – I save on average 20%.
  • Installing Quartz Countertops isn’t an easy task to perform and can leave you with a sore back. You might find it more cost-effective to hire Countertop installers or a General contractor to perform the work for you.
  • General contracting companies will most always get better prices on Quartz Counters than a general consumer would — hire a professional and save your back and additional costs, so shop around, ask your neighbors if they can recommend someone.

View other Countertop Options and Costs: Stone, Butcher-block, Laminate, Tile, Glass & Concrete Systems

  • Stone, Tile, Concrete
  • Laminate, Engineered
  • Wood, Steel

References:

  1. Hud Homes and Development – Volume 9, The Rehab Guide
  2. Estimating Countertop Costs: for Residential and Light Commercial Buildings

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