Quartz countertops are sophisticated and long-lasting; however, they are not cheap. Their prices can range from $100 to $200 per square foot for the materials and installation. There are many factors to consider when getting an estimate of the cost of these countertops.
These include the following:
Quartz is an engineered material that comes in various qualities and styles. Although many vendors use different terms, quartz grades are closeout/clearance, designer, standard, and premium. Standard quartz grade can be plain and this might be your choice if you want the countertops to blend with your kitchen and design. Typically, colors are earth tones. Discontinued standard grade countertops will become clearance/closeout counters. Moreover, premium and designer quartz grade are richer in color and design formulated in the counters. Usually, they are custom made for every job and their price can increase significantly.
Complexity of the Job
A single quartz slab, without seams and corners, is very easy to install. Wrap-around countertops that have multiple seams, cut-outs for the main sink and a prep sink, and a designer edge are costly. When considering the complexity of installing countertops, take into account seams, edges, and corners.
Professional countertop installation will account for at least 20% of the total cost. That is why many homeowners prefer to install the counters on their own to save money. But, quartz is expensive and installation errors can be costly. You must only choose the DIY route if you have excellent skills and experience with this kind of job. When hiring an installation professional, you may choose a handyman. Their service is moderately expensive; however, some of them may not have the experience and skills. Your other option is to hire the material’s supplier an expert at the local countertop store. But, this option is usually expensive. Check with your supplier if you can get a discount on the total cost (material + installation). The most expensive option is to hire an installer than your interior designer’s recommendation. Ensure the person you will hire is licensed and insured. This ensures you are covered in case the countertops are not installed properly or the material is damaged during installation.
Home improvement stores sell standard to mid-grade quartz. Local countertop companies tend to offer mid-grade to premium material. The majority of designers use premium quartz in their projects. Do your homework before buying quartz from a supplier.