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How Much Do Quartz Countertops Cost?
How Much Do Quartz Countertops Cost?
May 24, 2024 7:32 PM

On average, quartz countertops cost $4,500, including installation. Most projects will be in the $1,500 to $5,500 range, but higher-end installations cost over $10,000. You should expect to pay between $50 and $200 per square foot,including labor and materials.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are incredibly durable, highly resistant to scratches and stains, and come in various colors and finishes, making them very attractive to homeowners looking to power up their kitchen or bathroom.

Factors That Affect Quartz Countertop Costs

The main factor determining how much quartz countertops cost to install is the size and quality of the quartz countertop itself.

Number of Slabs or Amount of Material

A slab is a flat piece of engineered quartz, 5×10 feet or around 50 square feet. Uncut slabs cost $50 to $100 per square foot. That means an average slab costs $2,500 to $5,000. Depending on the size of your intended countertop, you may need to buy more than one slab.

Quartz Grade

The grade is determined by the slab’s thickness, color hues, and percentage of quartz minerals and resin. Higher-grade quartz is more durable and aesthetically pleasing. Lower-grade quartz is still viable for many homeowners, but you may have to compromise on long-term durability and appearance.

There are three quartz grades:

First choice: Top-quality quartz with the most vibrant colors and smoothest finishes. It costs from $80 to well over $100 per square foot. Commercial: It costs $65 to $75 per square foot. This is the most common type of quartz in the market and in homes.Second choice: This type of quartz has more veining, has less vibrant colors, and has the most resin. It costs $50 to $65 per square foot.

Labor

Professional contractors charge around $10 to $30 per square foot. That means an average uncut quartz slab costs $500 to $1,500 per square foot to install.

Adding slab and installation costs, the project will be in the $3,000 to $6,500 range.

Extra services like leveling or cutouts for fixtures and appliances increase the price and are charged separately.

Finish

The quartz’s finish alters its appearance. The three quartz finishes are:

Honed or matte quartz: Honed quartz has a low-sheen surface due to being thoroughly smoothed out, making it good at hiding smears. Not all quartz slabs can get a honed finish.Sueded: Sueded quartz results from adding polyacrylic to the quartz mixture. The matte-like surface is more textured than honed quartz, feeling like velvet.Polished: The polished, high-sheen surface results from using fine abrasives. This finish is more reflective and looks glossier than the rest.

Colors and Style

Quartz costs also depend on the color of the slab. These are some of the most popular colors on the market right now:

Jet Black: This is a low-maintenance and versatile alternative for homeowners who want a sleek look with minimal long-term effort. It costs $57 to $67 per square foot.Atlantic Salt: Atlantic Salt is a light gray, peppered with whites, browns, and blacks. It costs $55 to $65 per square foot.Calacatta Venice: This warm white quartz with subtle broad veining replicates the sought-after look of Italian marble. It costs $65 per square foot or more.Rugged Concrete: This is a solid gray quartz with some white patches. It’s an industrial-inspired design with a rough matte surface finish. It costs $75 to $85 per square foot.

Edge Treatment Type

Edge treatments modify the slab’s edge to make it less pointy (safer) and more visually appealing. Edge treatments cost $5 to $60 per linear foot. That means the edge work for an average uncut slab is between $150 and $3,600, depending on its perimeter and whether you round the top and bottom edges.

Since they vary significantly in cost, consider your countertop’s size and which treatment you want or need to avoid spending too much.

Edge treatmentDescriptionCost per linear foot
EasedSlightly round edges$5 to $30
StraightVery slight rounding at the top and bottom$10 to $30
Half BullnoseOnly the top side is slightly curved$10 to $30
Full BullnoseThe top and bottom sides are rounded$10 to $45
BevelThe top and bottom edges have a 45-degree straight cut$20 to $45
Double BullnoseTwo stacked bullnose-rounded edges$30 to $60
OgeeAn S-shaped cut on the upper edge$30 – $60
DupontFeatures a 90-degree angle at the top that works its way down into a quarter-round at the bottom$30 – $60

Add-Ons

In addition to edge treatments, you may want your contractor to give corners a custom shape or seam two slabs together. Add-ons can cost up to a few hundred extra dollars.

Additional Quartz Countertops Cost Factors to Consider

The following are some extra costs some homeowners incur during the installation process.

Leveling the Cabinetry – Quartz countertops installed on uneven surfaces deteriorate faster and may crack. Leveling the cabinetry that will hold the countertop’s weight is part of the basic installation. Contractors may charge you more if the surface is uneven and they have to install more shims than usual between the floor and the cabinetry or use additional leveling methods.Removal of Old Countertops – In case of remodelings, you’ll need to replace your current countertop with a new one. Removing a previous countertop costs $5 to $15 per square foot.Cutouts – Quartz cutouts are openings and holes that accommodate fixtures, sinks, cooktops, faucets, and other items. Cutouts help integrate the countertop into your home. These cutouts require special equipment and cost extra. Each cutout costs around $25 to $110, depending on the size.Polishing – Polishing your quartz countertop costs $4 to $6 per square foot and gives it a nice, shiny look. Quartz countertops are non-porous and don’t require sealing.

Quartz Countertops Costs: DIY vs. Hiring a Professional

Quartz countertops are nota DIY-friendly home improvement project. Quartz slabs are extremely heavy, and even parts of a slab can be hard to manipulate without multiple people. You also need specialized cutout equipment; any significant mistake means starting over with a new slab. For these reasons, we don’t recommend installing quartz countertops yourself.

That said, if you are experienced in quartz countertop installation, an uncut slab costs $2,500 to $5,000. You’ll also need to buy all the necessary materials and rent equipment for the cutouts. This could save you installation costs anywhere between $1,500 to $4,000.

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