Updating your home with quartz countertops is a great idea. But what will it cost you to upgrade? This will all come down to a variety of factors. However, one thing’s for sure – the outcome is worth it.
Quartz happens to be one of the most durable countertop options on the market because of how it’s engineered. It is man-made with more than 90% quartz and the rest pigments and resin. This makes it a tough counter that looks all-natural.
On average, the cost of quartz counters is between $1,000 and $4,000, give or take for professional installations. For most homeowners, the overall cost and color options are the most important factors.
So, let’s go into what determines the costs of quartz counters.
What Does Quartz Counters Cost?
The cost of quartz is determined by how much square footage it has to cover. On average, the rate is around $75 per sq. ft. But then there’s the quality factor, which can increase or decrease the cost.
For instance, a low-quality quartz counter would cost $50 to $60 per sq. ft., while a high-quality quartz slab costs $70 to $100 per sq. ft. Then for the mid-range quality, the cost is $60 to $70 per sq. ft.
All manufacturers use the same process of fabrication for quartz, so the price variations are all in the quality of the stone. This includes how long it lasts and the customer satisfaction level. So, ask around for recommendations for reputable countertop contractors when shopping around for quality quartz.
What About the Installation Costs?
Again, the cost for installing quartz counters come down to various factors. But on average, the price can range between $150 and $280 per sq. ft. The end price will be determined by how many slabs are needed and whether additional finishes and cutouts are requested by the customer.
Let’s look at some factors that can increase the cost of your quartz counter installation:
• Adding supports: This is required if you’re going to have counters installed over appliances, such as dishwashers. In this case you will need wooden supports added above the appliance, since there’s no cabinetry here.
• Leveling: In some cases, your cabinets need to either be heightened or lowered. This is done using a sander or saw to lower, or by adding shims to elevate it.
• Fabrication: This is the process of cutting and finishing your counters to fit the size and shape of your countertop space. An inspection will be given of your slab size and template layout. This is also when the edge profiles are implemented. If additional cutouts were requested, this is the time it’s done.
• Seam jointing: There are areas of the counter that must be seamed together. For example, with L-shaped counters. At the seams, epoxy is applied. But before this takes place, a dry fit is done to ensure a proper fit. If not, final adjustments are made.
Determining the estimate of your installation will be determined by the above and how much square footage is being covered. So, if you’re having 25 sq. ft. of quartz counters fabricated, you can expect to spend a total of $1,200 to $27,00 for both the fabrication and installation.
Adding Quartz Edge Treatments
There are different types of edge treatments you can choose for your quartz countertops. Here is a quick list of the various types you can choose from:
• Eased: This is the most commonly applied with no additional charge. It has a smooth finish.
• Bevel: This is a 45-degree cut along the edge of the counter.
• Double bevel: This consists of two 45-degree cuts, one on top of the other.
• Bullnose: This has a completely rounded smooth edge.
• Half bullnose: This has a half-rounded edge.
• Bevel bullnose: This combines the 45-degree cut and a smooth edge.
• Double radius: This comes with pronounced curved profile, like eased.
• Ogee: Has a small “s” shape cut into the edge, along with a flat and straight edge at the bottom.
• Ogee bullnose: Has a pronounced “s” shape that’s somewhat elongated.
• Double ogee: Has a curved bullnose edge and a dip above it to add to the design.
• Stepped half bullnose: Has a slightly raised ledge located above a partial bullnose.
• Triple pencil: Has a more decorative feel with three pencil-shaped edges that flow down the front edge of the counter.
Calculating the Cost Estimates for Installation
The cost of your countertop installation varies depending on the manufacturer and contractor. The end price will be determined by measurements taken by the contractor, the quality of the quartz stone and the edge profiles you choose.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the estimates based on square footage and various edge designs:
• 50 sq. ft. high-quality quartz with ogee edge: $5,480
• 40 sq. ft. high-quality quartz with bullnose edge: $4,240
• 35 sq. ft. medium-quality quartz with bevel edge: $2,865
• 30 sq. ft. medium-quality quartz with eased edge: $2,250
• 45 sq. ft. low-quality quartz with half bullnose edge: $2,490
• 25 sq. ft. low-quality quartz with bullnose edge: $1,490
Don’t forget to estimate in the linear footage of the outside edges on the countertop. This will increase the quote appropriately.
Color Options for Quartz
There’s a lot of customization that can be done with quartz countertops. This includes selecting the color you want. Some of the options include black, beige, red, gray, brown, green, white, gold, copper and blue.
Hire a Reputable Quartz Countertop Company
Now, it’s time to find a local contractor that can both fabricate and install the counter for your home. At Granite ASAP, we have a team of professionals who can do it all at reasonable rates.
Our experts are all licensed, bonded and insured and ready to work on your countertop upgrade. Give us a call today to learn more and to receive your free estimate!