The average cost for quartz countertops ranges from $50 to $70 per square foot, not including installation. The cost to install quartz countertops ranges anywhere from $2,000 to $3,900 for professional installation. Get free instant estimates from countertop installers near you.
Quartz countertops are often used in kitchens and bathrooms because of their beauty and durability. Choosing engineered quartz for your countertops can be a great choice because it looks like natural stone, is resistant to scratches and stains, and is very easy to maintain.
The average cost to install quartz countertops ranges anywhere from $2,000 to $3,900 for professional installation. This article will help you decide between quartz and granite. We'll cover costs, color options, and styles to help you make the best decision.
The average cost for quartz countertops ranges from $50 to $70 per square foot, not including installation. The total cost of quartz countertops ranges anywhere from $2,000 to $3,900 for materials and professional installation. Here's the average cost of quartz countertops by grade and quality:
Here is the average cost of quartz countertops per square foot installed by manufacturer:
For the ultimate luxury, have your countertop custom made from quarried quartzite and crystals, like Caesarstone’s Puro countertop from the Concetto collection, at $400/sqft.
Contractors will then add on extra for each additional part of the installation, like cutting out a space for the sink, installing a new sink, seam cutting, beveling edges, leveling, joining seams, etc.
Overall, expect to pay $100–$200 per square foot for materials, installation, and cleanup. With the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA’s) estimate of the average 300sqft kitchen having 13 linear feet of countertop space, this would bring your final quartz countertop cost to $2,000–$3,900.
|Quartz Countertops Cost Breakdown||Average Cost|
|Old Countertop Removal||$300–$450|
See our breakdown by brand above.
As with every home improvement material, materials can vary dramatically based on how close you are to a major city because of the difference in delivery costs. Quartz is becoming a popular choice, so it’s more likely these days that a big city near you will have what you want in stock, but if you live in a more rural area, expect to pay up to $200 for delivery alone.
Labor costs vary in every state and urban area. Stone installation needs to be done by a professional. It’s heavy and the right tools are needed to install it properly. Expect a team of two at $35/hr each the minimum.
If you are remodeling your kitchen and need your old countertops removed, ask the contractor to include the cost for this in the quote. You’ll want them to do this to avoid damage to the existing cabinets and sink. They will also be able to dispose of them for you.
You’ll need the sink cut out and the new one put in, and your contractor will join seams of slab together and miter edges. Electric cables and faucets have to be reinstalled, and the crew will have to clean up all debris and dust. For example,
Backsplash – You’ll pay more if you want matching backsplash against the walls of the counter.
Cabinet sides – some higher-end projects will add a wall of quartz to the sides of kitchen islands and cabinets, marking up your final cost considerably.
As multiple contractors will tell you, a price quoted on a site can be very misleading, as it only accounts for the most basic work. You’ll always need additional services to finish out your countertops. The only way to get an accurate quote is to have the contractor come out to your house, measure your kitchens space, and include all the work necessary.
Every year, engineered quartz is gaining more popularity than granite. It’s better than granite when it comes to the strength of the materials, fire resistance, flexural strength, impact resistance, low maintenance, nonporousness, and workability of the material. It’s also better with chemical resistance.
Granite countertops are better than quartz as far as options in finishes and thermal shock strength. If you want a natural stone, granite is the way to go, but it’s high maintenance.
According to the Mohs Scale—a scale which measures the scratch resistance of various minerals—quartz and quartzite are among the top four materials recommended for countertops. Quartz is found at a similar price point to granite and soapstone, while quartzite is the most expensive countertop material of all.
The differences between the two are as follows:
|Can be used as a cutting board||Nonporous|
|Not harmed by acidic drinks||Resistant to scratches and stains|
|Heat resistant||Easy to maintain|
|Nonporous||No sealant required|
|Naturally anti-bacterial||Looks like natural stone|
|Does not require sealer or maintenance||No need to apply wax or sealers|
|Expensive stone||Slab remnants can save money|
|Can chip and crack||Do not expose to abrasives, acids, or oxidizers|
|Must be purchased by the slab||Not heatproof, but is heat resistant|
|Heavy and hard||Not good in outdoor kitchens|
You’ll also pay more to have the countertop edges custom cut. There are many ways your contractor or quartz provider can finish out the ends and corners of your countertop. Some of the basic ones are:
Anything other than a straight edge cut will cost $37–$64 per foot. For example, a square foot of quartz with:
When it comes to surfaces with quartz, the polished surface is best because of the protection level. However, some homeowners prefer a different texture to match the rest of the kitchen.
Before you finalize your surface choice, Caesarstone says:
“We encourage you to order a sample of our products that you are considering. When you receive your sample, try treating it to a few different scenarios that you may face in your kitchen; spill something on it, touch it with greasy fingers, clean it. This will help you understand how the surface responds to your daily life and how comfortable you feel with it.”
Local hardware stores are also happy to sell you 3” x 3” x ½” samples ranging between $9.95 and $19.95 so you can be sure of your decision. However, most reviewers of the samples say that a 3”x 3” piece is far too small to give a good idea of how it will look as a full counter in the kitchen, and they recommend visiting the hardware store in person to see larger pieces.
As mentioned above, the main benefits of quartz countertops are their qualities of being:
It’s also antimicrobial, so it won’t harbor bacteria and mold in the way other more porous countertops will. Another fantastic aspect of quartz is its eco-friendliness. Most of the materials in it are byproducts of other quarried or manufactured items, and a mix of artificial and natural resins.
A great feature of engineered stone is that you can order it to be made to your specifications, and you don’t have any seams in it. Even if you order slabs already in stock, the seams in quartz slab are barely noticeable because the cuts are so clean. It’s flexible too, so it can be shaped into sinks or curve on corners. You can also order it in tiles and have it on your floor or walls at prices like $3.30 per 12”x24” floor tile or hexagon mosaic tiles for $5.88 per 12”x12” piece.
One the downside, if anything abrasive or acidic is left on it, it can damage the surface; and it is not fully heatproof, not does it weather well, so it is not good in outdoor kitchen areas. The slab is very heavy, and you may have to upgrade your cabinets to be able to handle the weight.
Once your kitchen counters are installed and looking stunning, it’s up to you to keep them that way, which isn’t hard considering how little actual hands-on care quartz needs.
Once you’ve decided on a budget, it can help to look at the top brands to get a better idea of the design and color you want. Portfolios and showrooms are a great way to see the countertops with certain paint colors and cabinets, along with light similar to the amount of natural light your kitchen might have. Some top brands are:
Availability can fluctuate depending on which brand you choose, as much of the stone is imported.
When purchasing, keep in mind how long the warranty lasts for. All good quartz countertop providers will have a 10–25-year to lifetime warranty in place to cover any damage that may occur once the countertop has been installed. Most of the time, it will only cover manufacturing defects; and they will repair or replace the quartz if they find your damage falls under that description. Some go further to say the warranty is only valid for the person who had the quartz installed in a single-family residence.
The countertop can’t have been moved since its installation date, and it has to have been maintained in accordance with their maintenance guide. The warranty is only transferable if the original owner registered the warranty and then notified the company of the new owner of the home.
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