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Quartz is one of the most beautiful and durable options for home design and is often used in kitchens and bathrooms. Like other stones, quartz is quarried from mines and then cleaned before being distributed for a variety of uses. 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.

The average cost to install quartz countertops ranges anywhere from $1,000 to $4,000 for professional installation. For many homeowners, choosing a countertop material comes down to deciding between quartz and granite. Color options and overall cost are the top considerations.

On This Page

  1. How Much Does Quartz Cost?
  2. How Much Does it Cost to Install?
  3. Advantages of Quartz Counters
  4. Maintaining Your Counters
  5. Conclusion

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 quartz: $50 to $60 per square foot
  • Mid-quality quartz: $60 to $70 per square foot
  • High-quality quartz: $70 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. Studying manufacturers and asking for recommendations from professionals is a good place to start when looking for quality quartz.

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How Much Will It Cost to Install a Quartz Countertop?

On average, the cost to install a quartz slab ranges from $150 to $280 per square foot, with the price fluctuating based on the number of slabs of quartz 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 – Before installing a quartz countertop, a professional may need to level the cabinets so that they reduce the risk of cracking and gaps. Typically, an experienced professional will use a sander or a saw to lower cabinet height to the proper level, or add shims to elevate the height for an even surface.
  • Adding supports The installation expert may need to add supports for the countertop in areas that do not have cabinetry, such as above a dishwasher. Most often a contractor will do this by securing pieces of sturdy wood to the wall or to neighboring cabinets on either side of the appliances.  
  • Fabrication – Countertop fabrication is the process of cutting and finishing the countertops to a desired size and shape. This process often includes inspection of the slab, template layout, cutting the slab to size, fabricating the edges to a specific treatment, and then polishing the slab. The fabrication process also typically includes fixture and sink cutouts, following the template to match the design for the home.
  • Seam jointing – As most kitchens with a lot of counter space require at least one seam, the installation process will include seam joining. During the fabrication process, the manufacturer will often work with the homeowner to decide just where the seams should go. Upon installation, the professional will do a "dry fit" to make sure everything lines up properly, make any final adjustments, and then join the seams with an 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 countertop that measures about 25 square feet can cost a homeowner between $1,200 and $2,700 after purchasing the quartz and paying installation fees.

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 – An eased edge is standard and gives the edge a smooth finish. There is typically no extra cost involved in creating an eased edge.
  • Bevel – A bevel edge includes a 45-degree cut against the edge. Homeowners can choose to deepen the cut in order to expose more of the eye-catching pattern of the stone.
  • Double Bevel – The double-bevel treatment adds 45-degree cuts on the top and bottom of the edge to give it some extra character.
  • Bullnose – A bullnose edge is a completely rounded and smooth edge. This treatment is typically a classic finish that looks great in kitchens and bathrooms alike.
  • Half Bullnose – A half-bullnose treatment highlights a half-round edge that shows off more of the stone.
  • Bevel Bullnose – A bevel-bullnose treatment mixes a smooth edge with a 45-degree cut for a slight slope that displays a cross section of the stone.
  • Double Radius – Double-radius cuts are similar to eased cuts, though they feature a more pronounced curved profile on the edge.
  • Ogee – An ogee edge includes a small "S" shape cut into the front, followed by a straight and flat edge at the bottom.
  • Double Ogee – The double-ogee treatment features a curved-bullnose edge as well as a decorative inward dip above the curve.
  • Ogee Bullnose – The ogee-bullnose treatment includes a more pronounced "S" shape, slightly elongated to expand upon the normal bullnose design.
  • Stepped Half Bullnose – A stepped half-bullnose finish incorporates a slightly raised ledge above a partial bullnose cut to highlight some of the detailing in the stone.
  • Triple Pencil – Triple-pencil treatments are more decorative, featuring three pencil-shaped edges that cascade down the front edge of the countertop.

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 more costly to homeowners, while the standard eased, bevel, and bullnose cuts may be included in the installation costs.

Complete Installation Cost Estimates

Complete costs vary by manufacturer, but estimating a final price is simple to do by factoring in the countertop measurements, the quality of the quartz, and the edge designs. Here are some approximations for specific quartz countertop setups:

  • 25 ft.² at a low price level with a bullnose edge: $1,490
  • 45 ft.² at a low price level with a half-bullnose edge: $2,490
  • 30 ft.² at a medium price level with an eased edge: $2,250
  • 35 ft.² at a medium price level with a bevel edge: $2,865
  • 40 ft.² at a high price level with a bullnose edge: $4,240
  • 50 ft.² at a high price level with an ogee edge: $5,480

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.  

Does this sound right to you? If not, you can ask a professional directly.

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Quartz Vs. Granite

Granite Price: $3,100

Quartz Price: $4,000

Granite is mined in large sheets and is 100 percent natural, which means that there are no two identical slabs. A manufacturer then cuts smaller slabs from the sheets.

In the process of making quartz slabs, quartz crystals of various sizes are blended in with binding agents and pigment to create a fabricated stone. Then the manufacturer cuts slabs from the stone, treating the edges and giving the slab a glossy finish. Although it is possible to buy natural quartz for fabricating surfaces, quartz countertops are typically referred to as "engineered quartz" due to the blending process.  

Engineered Quartz at a Glance

When creating engineered quartz, a manufacturer mixes about 93 percent ground natural quartz with about 7 percent polymer resins to create a hybrid material. The resulting product is not only low-maintenance and very tough, it has the natural stone look that many homeowners love about quartz. In recent years, engineered quartz has become a popular alternative to granite due to how durable the resulting slab is, as well as how easy it is to customize its color with pigments.

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Advantages 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 quartz countertop depends on how finely ground the quartz is during the blending and pigmenting process, with coarsely ground quartz giving a freckled appearance and finely ground quartz giving 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

The easy maintenance and durability of quartz is what draws many homeowners to consider adding it to their kitchen or bathroom. However, like with any material, there are some disadvantages to installing quartz countertops.

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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:

  • Lacks veining
  • Not suitable for the outdoors
  • Visible seams
  • Not as heat resistant as stone

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Maintaining Quartz Countertops

The resins used in creating an engineered quartz countertop make it tough, stain-resistant, and nonporous. Quartz countertops also 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 of quartz countertops may also dull the blades over time.

Cleaning the Countertops

Spilled liquids and dried debris are very easy to clean from a quartz countertop. Simply wipe the countertop down with a household vinegar-and-water solution to clean it. Alternatively, using a non-abrasive cleaning pad and a non-abrasive household cleaner, followed by a rinse with water, is a good way to scrub food and grime from quartz countertops. Any tough dried-on food can be gently scraped away with a plastic scraper. After cleaning, dry the countertops with a paper towel or a soft cloth.

Handling Stains and Chemicals

It is possible for strong chemicals, dyes, or solvents to permanently discolor the surface of quartz. To prevent permanent damage, wipe such liquids away as soon as possible, and then rinse the countertop with water. For persistent stains, products like adhesive removers can be used to scrub the surface of the countertop, followed by a rinse with water. Never use products with bleach, tarnish, oil soaps, or topical liquids on quartz countertops, as those can reduce their glossiness and overall quality.

Avoiding Heat Damage

Due to the low heat resistance of quartz countertops, never place hot pans or skillets directly onto the counters. Avoid damage from hot cooking utensils or heated appliances by using hot pads and trivets while cooking in the kitchen. If there are quartz countertops installed in the bathroom, remember never to place heated hair appliances like straighteners or curlers directly on the surface of the countertops.

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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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