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Quartz Countertop Prices
A few years ago, quartz countertops were almost unheard of in the United States. Now, they're exploding in popularity.
Quartz countertops are engineered using more than 90% natural quartz and a binding resin. They are beautiful and highly durable. In fact, they're often described as nearly indestructible.
About Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops are highly regarded for their durability. Compared with other forms of natural stone, they require very little maintenance and they are much more difficult to damage.
Quartz resists staining and is difficult to crack or dent. The surface also naturally resists bacteria growth. However, the countertops can be damaged by excessive heat, so it's always best to use a heat pad.
Some of the most recognizable quartz countertop brand names include Cambria, Silestone, and Zodiaq. All three offer a wide variety of color options from which to choose - from neutrals to bright blues.
Quartz Countertop Average Costs
Quartz countertops usually cost $50 to $100 per square foot, including installation. If you have 30 square feet of counter space - which is fairly standard - the total cost would be $1,500 to $3,000. However, in some cases, you could end up spending up to $150 per square foot.
Certain features and upgrades can add to the total cost of a quartz countertop:
- Fancy, decorative edges usually add $10 per square foot. Choose from a wide variety of designs.
- A quartz backsplash will add a significant chuck to the total purchase price. If the backsplash is 10 square feet, budget an extra $500 to $1,000.
- If you'd like to upgrade to a thicker countertop, (3 CM instead of 2 CM), budget several hundred dollars extra.
- If you purchase a sink from the quartz dealer, plan on spending about $500 to $700 extra.
Quartz Countertop Installation
Installation of quartz countertops is rarely a do-it-yourself project. Manufacturers take the extra step of certifying their own installers to ensure quality. Anyone who attempts to install their own quartz countertops should have prior experience installing natural stone countertops.
Installation is typically a two-step process. First, the dealer sends someone to measure. Then, on a separate day, the countertop is delivered and installed. So there can be a bit of a wait involved.
Because quartz is such a heavy material, anyone living in a second-floor apartment or condominium should make sure there are no structural issues. In rare cases, quartz is too heavy to be installed on higher floors.