When it comes to countertops, quartz is by far the most popular choice with our clients. It’s durable, aesthetic, and can be less expensive than materials like marble or granite. But when figuring out cost, square footage isn’t the only factor. Here’s how to accurately budget for your quartz countertop cost.
Quartz is an engineered stone made by grinding natural quartz into dust and combining it with other synthetic materials and adhesives. The result is a hard and durable surface that’s both heat resistant and non-porous, so it doesn’t need regular sealing.
Plus, quartz countertops come in a large array of colors and a variety of brands and finishes. Those factors make it a popular choice for many homeowners.
So how do you know how much to budget for if you’re thinking of getting quartz countertops? Here are some of the most important factors to keep in mind.
While square footage isn’t the only factor when it comes quartz countertop cost, it is a the primary one. The amount of quartz you actually need helps provide a baseline cost. Quartz comes in a variety of quality of levels. At Lamont Bros., we use a a “good, better, best” scale to grade the quartz we use. So, for just the materials alone, quartz countertop cost can run from roughly $70 a square foot to upwards of $200.
The number and types of slabs you’ll need also play a role in cost. Fewer slabs usually translates into less cost, but some sellers may have slab minimums, which will affect your price. In terms of size, a standard slab is typically around 120″x55″, so if you have a larger counter or island area, you may require multiple slabs, which will create seams.
If you have a very large island and want to avoid seams, you can opt for a “jumbo slab,” which is about a foot longer and wider, but also more costly.
The style of edge you want on your countertops will factor into the cost as well. Edges come in a wide range of styles, from simple to ornate. The more custom you go, the more you’ll likely pay. Basically, anything apart from a straight edge will be an additional per square foot charge.
Countertop cut outs are pieces of the quartz slab that are removed for things like sinks or even electrical outlets. Each cut out required for your countertops will be an additional cost, so if you have multiple sinks, for example the main sink and then another one on your island, those will be two cut out charges.
Sample pricing model
Now that we know some of the elements that can affect our overall quartz countertop cost, let’s look at some pricing examples for a kitchen needing 60 square feet of countertop area.
If you decide to go with a basic “good” quality quartz countertop, including basic edging and a standard slab, the price for your countertops would be around $6,140, or around $100 dollars per square foot.
To go up to the “better” category to a quartz that’s a bit higher quality and looks closer to marble, the cost increases to around $8,670, or $145 per square foot.
A level up from that in the “best” group, with more color and style options would run you about $10,140 hundred dollars, or about $170 per square foot.
And if you’re the type of person who wants better than best, there’s actually one more category when it comes to quartz countertops. We call it the “luxury” level and it includes brands like a high end Caesarstone or Silestone. For a kitchen this size, that would cost about $12,000 or $200 per square foot. If you need a jumbo luxury slab, your cost jumps to around $14,675.
What’s right for you?
The examples above covered a wide range of prices — from $6,140 to $14,675. So it’s easy to see how going for the top end of quartz countertops can take a bite of your budget. With so many choices, how do you know which is the best option for your home?
If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, we recommend working with an experienced builder who can advise not only on the construction of your project, but also collaborate with you on the overall design. They should take into account your design style, the style of your home, and your budget in order to present a few different countertop options that will work well in your new space.
Are you thinking about doing a kitchen remodel with quartz countertops? We’re happy to discuss your project and start working with you on building your dream space. Simply schedule a conversation with us!
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