Quartz continues to be a sought-after stone used for counters in kitchens and bathrooms. Its natural beauty and stunning endurance captivates homeowners across America. Its versatility makes it an attractive buy for folks looking to upgrade their homes.
It’s known to last for many years, making it the perfect investment. Not to mention, when combined with certain other upgrades, it can also help boost the value of your home. But the question at hand now is how much will it cost to update your counters with quartz stone?
The average cost for a quartz countertop installation varies greatly, but can cost from anywhere between $1,000 and $4,000. That’s if you’re going with a professional installation, which is highly advised.
Now, let’s delve a little deeper into the cost of quartz.
What’s the Cost for Quartz Stone?
The prices for quartz material is always changing, so make sure to do your due diligence as you’re shopping around. But to give you some perspective, quartz can cost around $75 per square foot. The brand and manufacturer will determine how much it’ll cost.
Obviously, the lower the quality of the quartz sold by a manufacturer, the cheaper it will be. Just remember, cheaper doesn’t mean better, especially when it’s not lasting as long as you’d like. So, here’s a quick breakdown of the price range based on quality:
• High-quality quartz: $70 to $100/sq. ft.
• Mid-quality quartz: $60 to $70/sq. ft.
• Low-quality quartz: $50 to $60/sq. ft.
The fabrication process of quartz is the same among all manufacturers. However, it’s the quality that differentiates the cost. Make sure you’re dealing with a contractor who has high-quality quartz stone from a reputable manufacturer.
What’s the Cost for Installation of a Quartz Countertop
Now, the cost for installing engineered quartz countertops into your home is another story. But on average, you can expect to spend anywhere between $150 and $280 per sq. ft. The price changes depending on how many slabs you’re having installed and whether you want additional finishes applied.
You can also expect the price to go up if you opt to have edge profiles etched into your counters. The same goes for extra sink and fixture cutouts.
It’s required for cabinets the countertop will be installed onto to be level. But this isn’t always the case. So, this requires the contractor to come into your home and level the area. This is done to minimize the chances of cracks and gaps.
A sander or saw is used to lower the height of the cabinetry, so that it’s at the right level. Another option is for the contractor to add shims to increase the height of the surface so that it’s even.
You may need to have supports if you’re having counters where there’s no cabinetry. For instance, having it installed above your dishwasher. Pieces of wood will have to be secured to the walls or nearby cabinets beside the appliance.
Fabricating the Stone
During this process, your stone slab is being cut and finished into the beautiful countertop . At this time, the contractor cuts the stone into the proper shape and size to fit your cabinets.
This is also when the edges are fabricated, and finish is applied. Polishing of the slabs is the final touch. Then this is topped off with cutouts for the sink and other fixtures.
Kitchens that have a lot of countertop space have to have at least one seam. In between the two slabs where the seam lies are where seam jointing takes place. The contractor may ask you where you want the seams to go beforehand.
Right before the installation, a dry fit will take place.
Estimating the Cost
All the above will be calculated into the final cost for your quartz countertop installation. Knowing the square footage of your counter space will help you determine what your cost will be.
This includes the slab and installation fees.
Giving Your Counters Edge Profiles
Adding a design to the edges of your counters is a great way to make the stone more unique. So, if you’re looking to add character to your countertops, then this is the way to go.
Now, there are different styles of edge treatments you can opt for, such as the following:
• Eased: This gives the edge look like a smooth finish. This is normally done without extra cost.
• Bevel: This consists of a 45-degree cut from the edge.
• Bullnose: This gives your edge a completely rounded, smooth edge. It’s a classic look for sure.
• Double Bevel: This consists of an additional 45-degree angle cut above the first bevel.
• Half Bullnose: This highlights a half-round edge.
• Bevel Bullnose: Here, you get a smooth edge.
• Ogee: Has a small “s” shape cut along the front, then at the bottom, a straight and flat edge.
• Stepped Half Bullnose: This has a slightly over the bullnose cut.
• Triple Pencil: Provides three pencil-shaped edges cascading along the front edge.
• Double Ogee: Has a curved-bullnose edge and inward dip located over the curve.
• Ogee Bullnose: Has a more pronounced “s” shape, expanding the design of the bullnose.
Installing Quartz in Your Home
Now that you have more of an idea of what the costs are and how to calculate it, you can shop with better confidence. At KNC Granite, we’re upfront about all of our costs.
Contact us today to learn more about our products and services and to get a free estimate for your installation!