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How Much Do Quartz Countertops Cost To Buy & Install?

National Average
$3,750
Low End
$1,000
High End
$5,000

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A 30-square-foot quartz countertop costs about $3,750 total to install, or about $125 per square foot. Materials alone average $75 per square foot, and labor costs about $50 per square foot. Keep in mind that quartz is growing in price every year thanks to its popularity and recent tariff increases.

Not to be confused with natural stone quartzite, engineered quartz is one of the most beautiful and durable options for home design and is often used in kitchens and bathrooms. When considering stone and laminate materials for countertops, engineered quartz combines the best of both worlds to produce a stylish look with a lasting finish.

How Much Does Quartz Cost?

On average, the cost for quartz countertops without installation fees included is about $75 per square foot. Although the price varies by brand and manufacturer, here are some of the average costs based on quality:

  • Low-quality: $50 to $65 per square foot
  • Mid-quality: $65 to $75 per square foot
  • High-quality: $75 to $100+ per square foot

While the process of fabricating a quartz countertop is typically the same for all manufacturers, quality often comes down to the longevity of the countertops, as well as customer satisfaction. Study manufacturers and ask for recommendations from professionals to find quality products.

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How Much Will It Cost to Install a Quartz Countertop?

On average, the total cost to purchase and install a quartz slab sits around $125 per square foot, with the price fluctuating based on the number of slabs and any additional finishes. For example, homeowners will find that the cost increases as they add detailed edging fabrications or request extra fixture and sink cutouts. Here are some of the typical steps that factor into the cost of installing a quartz countertop:

  • Leveling –Professionals can raise or lower cabinets to reduce the risk of cracking or gaps. They either sand or saw cabinets down or raise them with shims. 
  • Adding supports Installers might add supports for the countertop in areas without cabinetry. They do this by securing pieces of wood to the wall or to neighboring cabinets.
  • Fabrication –Experts cut and finish countertops to a desired size and shape by inspecting the slab, laying out a template, cutting to size, fabricating the edges and polishing the slab.
  • Seam joining – After deciding where counter seams should go, installers make sure everything lines up properly and join the seams with epoxy.

Estimating the cost of installation for a quartz countertop comes down to knowing the price per square foot, as well as measuring the countertop space. For example, a 25-square-foot countertop can cost a homeowner between $2,500 and $3,750 after purchasing the material and paying installation fees.

Complete Installation Cost Estimates

Complete costs vary by manufacturer but estimating the price of edge treatments is simple to do if you have a general idea of low, medium and high price points. Here are some approximations for the cost of specific edge treatments for quartz countertop setups. 

Type of EdgePrice LevelEstimated Cost per Foot
Half-BullnoseLow$30+
EasedLow$30+
BullnoseMedium$45+
BevelMedium$45+
WaterfallHigh$60+
OgeeHigh$60+

It is also important to consider the linear footage of the outside countertop edges when estimating an overall cost. With a high linear footage, the price will increase accordingly.

Quartz Edge Treatments

Another design option to factor into the installation of a quartz countertop is an edge treatment. Edge treatments give the countertops some extra character and help create a cohesive design for the room. Basic edge treatments include these variations:

  • Eased – This standard edge gives countertops a smooth finish and typically does not add cost to your project.
  • Bevel – Includes a 45-degree cut against the edge but deepening the cut exposes more of the stone’s pattern.
  • Double Bevel – 45-degree cuts on both the top and bottom of the edge.
  • Bullnose – This classic finish features a completely rounded and smooth edge.
  • Half Bullnose – Professionals cut a half-round edge to show off more of the stone.
  • Bevel Bullnose – A smooth edge and a 45-degree cut result in a slight slope that displays a cross section of stone.
  • Double Radius – Similar to an eased cut, this style features a pronounced curved profile on the edge.
  • Ogee – Includes a small "S" shape cut into the front, followed by a straight and flat edge at the bottom.
  • Double Ogee – Features a curved-bullnose edge as well as a decorative inward dip above the curve.
  • Ogee Bullnose – A more pronounced, slightly elongated "S" shape expands upon the normal bullnose design.
  • Stepped Half Bullnose – A slightly raised ledge above a partial bullnose cut highlights detailing in the stone.
  • Triple Pencil – Three pencil-shaped edges cascade down the front edge of the countertop.
  • Waterfall – Flows over the edge of the countertop down to the floor, rather than ending in a horizontal cut.

Some manufacturers offer patterns that are more intricate with detailed designs based on their own treatment capabilities. Depending on the manufacturer, pricing for quartz edge treatments vary. The more intricate edge cuts can be costlier to homeowners, while the standard eased, bevel and half-bullnose cuts may be included in the price.

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Engineered Stone Countertops Cost

Surface MaterialCost Per Square Foot, Installed
Engineered Quartz$125
Sintered Stone$60 - $95
Engineered Granite$50 - $100

Engineered Quartz Countertops

Manufactured quartz costs about $125 per square foot, installed. A mixture of 93 percent ground natural quartz and 7 percent polymer resins create this hybrid material. The result is a low-maintenance, durable product that has a natural look that many homeowners love.

This popular alternative to granite is easy to customize.

Sintered Stone Countertops

Sintered stone countertops cost from $60 to $95 per square foot, installed. Experts create this stone using technology that mimics the earth’s natural stone-making process. They collect particles of different rocks and place them under heat and pressure to meld them together. Unlike engineered quartz, there is no resin included in these countertops.

Since they are relatively new to market, some colors may be hard to come by.

Engineered Granite Counters

Slightly cheaper than quarried natural granite, engineered granite costs between $50 and $100 per square foot, installed. These man-made slabs are composed of about 95 percent granite and 5 percent polymer resins.

Some prefer manufactured granite because it does not have the color irregularities of natural granite. It has a consistent look throughout.

Quartz Vs. Granite Countertops

Because they look similar, it can be difficult to tell the difference. Check out this guide to compare quartz and granite materials for yourself.

Granite:

  • Granite countertops cost from $40 to $60 per square foot for materials alone.
  • Cost $75 to $125 per square foot, installed.
  • Mined in large sheets, it’s 100 percent natural, which means that there are no two identical slabs.
  • Manufacturer then cuts smaller slabs from the sheets.

Quartz:

  • $50 to $100+ per square foot for materials.
  • In the process of making these slabs, crystals of various sizes combine with binding agents and pigment to create a fabricated stone.
  • Also called "engineered quartz" because of its blending process.
  • Manufacturer cuts slabs from the engineered stone, treating the edges and giving the slab a glossy finish.
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Advantages & Disadvantages of Quartz Countertops

One of the reasons many homeowners choose quartz countertops from a design standpoint is because they come in a variety of colors and patterns. The pattern in a slab depends on how finely ground the material is during the blending and pigmenting process. Coarsely ground pieces give a freckled appearance, and finely ground particles give a smoother appearance. Color options for quartz countertops include the following:

  • Black
  • Beige
  • Copper
  • Blue
  • Gold
  • Red
  • Gray
  • Brown
  • Green
  • White

Aside from being a beautiful option for kitchens and bathrooms alike, quartz countertops have many advantages when woven into a home's design. Some of the main advantages include the following:

  • Consistent color and texture
  • No sealing required
  • No chipping or cracking
  • Resistant to stains, scratches and acid-abrasion
  • Resistant to bacteria growth
  • Easy to clean

Many homeowners consider quartz for their kitchen or bathroom thanks to its easy maintenance and durability. However, like any material, it has its disadvantages.

Disadvantages of Quartz Countertops

One of the main disadvantages for quartz countertops is that despite having a variety of color options, they lack the one-of-a-kind look that stones like granite have. Some of the other disadvantages include the following:

  • Pigment might fade outdoors
  • Visible seams
  • Not as heat resistant as stone
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Maintaining Quartz Countertops

Though they might add to your kitchen remodel cost, quartz countertops are a great choice if you’re looking for something easy to maintain. The resins used in creating this engineered countertop make it tough, stain-resistant and nonporous. They will not develop dips or depressions over time, which means that they will continue to look great for years to come. However, they may still require occasional cleaning to keep the surfaces glossy.

Avoiding Cuts and Scratches

While quartz countertops are extremely durable, it is always a good idea to take precaution when using knives and other sharp tools in the kitchen. Always chop and cut foods on a cutting board to safeguard the countertops. Using knives directly on the surface may dull the blades over time.

Cleaning the Countertops

Spilled liquids and dried debris are very easy to clean from a quartz countertop. Here are a few ways you can clean it:

  • Simply wipe the countertop down with a household vinegar-and-water solution to clean it.
  • Use a non-abrasive cleaning pad and a non-abrasive household cleaner. Then, rinse with water.
  • Gently scrape away dried-on food with a plastic scraper.
  • After cleaning, dry the countertops with a paper towel or a soft cloth.

Handling Stains and Chemicals

Strong chemicals, dyes or solvents can permanently discolor the surface of quartz. Thankfully, with a little care, you can protect your counter from dark or rough spots and stains. Wipe spilled liquids away as soon as possible! Then, rinse the countertop with water. For persistent stains, use products like adhesive removers to gently scrub the surface of the countertop. Again, follow this with a water rinse.

You should never use products with bleach, tarnish, oil soaps or topical liquids on quartz countertops. These can reduce its glossiness and overall quality.

Avoiding Heat Damage

In the kitchen: Don’t place hot pans or skillets directly onto the counters because quartz doesn’t have a high heat resistance. You could risk paying the cost to repair your countertops. Avoid damage from hot cooking utensils or heated appliances by using hot pads and trivets while cooking in the kitchen.

In the bathroom: Never place heated hair appliances like straighteners or curlers directly on the surface of these countertops.

In Conclusion

When deciding on a style and color for a quartz countertop, there are a lot of factors to consider. Consulting a professional for estimates and tips is a good place to start, especially if you are designing on a budget. After installing a quartz countertop in your home, you'll be able to enjoy the durable, beautiful stone for years to come.

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