Quartz countertops can be absolutely stunning but can you afford one? In order to help you decide whether you can go ahead now and purchase the quartz counter of your dream or whether you should continue on saving for one, we have put together a helpful guide.
The product versus the installation
When it comes to getting an estimate or price quote for a quartz counter it can be extremely frustrating and confusing. One distributor will offer you a price that includes the installation while another keeps it separate. As well, quite often you’ll have to ask whether the installation is built into the price you are being presented or not. Some companies will give you a price quote for the quartz slab only and then tell you later once you have decided to go ahead with the purchase that the installation is extra.
It’s important to compare apples to apples when you’re shopping around for quartz countertops in order to get a realistic comparison of the costs. In order to do this effectively, you’ll want to get a quote from companies that include the following:
- The price of the slab of quartz
- The cost of installation
- What’s included in the total price (leveling, edge fabrication, seam joining, fixture cutouts and a sink cutout should automatically be included with the cost of the installation)
Getting your quotes sorted out so that they all reflect the same type of cost estimates will save you a lot of effort. When you are receiving these quotes, let the company know that you need everything broken down in a simple way so that you can compare quotes. Let the business know that their quote won’t be considered unless it is done in a specific manner.
Averaging out the cost of counters
Quartz Price Summary
Quartz costs $50-$100 per square foot including installation. A modest sized countertop of 54 s.f. will be $2,700-$5,400. Silestone is usually the most expensive but Caesarstone, Zodiaq, and Viatera are cheaper.
Here is a general average of what you would have to pay for a new shiny counter for a space that measures a total of 54 square feet:
- Basic quality: $2,900 - $3,250
- Better quality: $3,200 - $3,600
- Best quality: $3,550 - $3,900
- Cost of installation - $150 - $280
Average price per square foot
- Basic quality: $61.50
- Better quality: $67.43
- Best quality: $72.50
There are also a lot of variables that can come up when you’re ready to proceed with your purchase. For example, if you want to add a backsplash, it will cost you extra. You may also have to pay more for detailed edge fabrication or for a thicker slab. As well, contractor rates can vary from one season to the next and you may have to pay up to 15% more for complex installations.
How to make a quick estimate on your own
Here’s an easy system you can choose to get a quick estimate of the cost for a new quartz countertop:
- Measure the countertop space you need by measuring the total length and width in inches. You can then make the conversion into square footage once you have the numbers.
- If you have a triangular area on the counter you'll need to add this in as well. Measure the length and width of the triangle and then add them up and divide the total by 2.
- Add up all of the triangular, rectangular and square parts of the countertop in terms of square footage to arrive at an overall total.
A new countertop will cost you between $50 and $100 per square foot. If you have a countertop that is 27 ft.² your cost for a countertop would range anywhere from $1350 up to $2722.
Save even more by shopping during the slow seasons
The best time to get a deal on installing countertops is during the low seasons when other people wouldn’t dream of shopping for a new counter. Christmas is the perfect time of year to make a purchase while others are out and about doing their Christmas shopping. You may be offered a discounted price, find a super sale going on or be offered some special perks and added bonuses for buying at this time of the year.
Sales people in this field don’t get a lot of business during the holiday times since most people tend to put off their countertop shopping until the holiday seasons have quieted down. Since a lot of the sales people do work on commissions, you may just be offered a special deal that you simply can’t turn down!
Be on guard when it comes to getting quotes
Any time you invite somebody into your home in order to get an estimate for a new quartz or granite countertop, you can expect a heavy sales pitch to come with it. The free estimate is going to probably involve listening to a salesperson trying to get you to sign on the dotted line right away. You may be offered a “buy now” special that will expire when the salesperson leaves.
Be very wary of these sales pitches. Get your estimate and then tell the salesperson that you will contact him with any questions or if you are ready to go ahead with the project. You’ll want to have a minimum of three good quotes in your hand that you can examine thoroughly to figure out which one is the most cost-effective. This examination should be done without any salesman overlooking your shoulder and trying to convince you to buy the brand (i.e. Silestone or Cambria) that his company is offering.
Are You About To Make This Common Budget Busting Blunder?
Go ahead and guess how may estimates most homeowners get. If you said one, you’re right and the majority of them are getting ripped off.
Maybe they were told that contractor was the best. Or they just didn’t feel like dealing with the hassle.
But when it comes to the overall cost of quartz countertops, you can save quite a bit of money with some smart comparison shopping.
Expert Tip: As a general rule of thumb you should get quotes from a minimum of 3 different contractors.
The hard part isn’t finding them. The phone book and on-line listings are full of them. The hard part is getting them to return your call. If you manage to get them on the phone so that you can tell them about your kitchen remodel they’ll usually make an appointment to come check it out. But then half the time they don’t even show up. When that happens you can just cross that guy off the list of potentials.
What happens is that during the conversation they decide whether it sounds like they can make enough money on the project for it to be worth their time. If they figure it’s not they’ll go ahead and make an appointment with you that they don’t intend to show up to. It would be a lot nicer if they would just make a habit of being honest and saying no.
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I’ve been quoted $8000-9500 for kitchen countertop, quartz, 48 square feet. Includes removal of old countertop ($960) and plumbing (they’ll measure to fit the new sink and install it) ($400). The stone materials alone were quoted at $95-125 / sf.
Based on your estimates, this sounds high. What do you think?
Scott J Did you only get one quote? I would definitely get at least two more so you could compare them.
The article states 3 qualities: basic, better, and best. What differentiates the quality of quartz? It seems most places have tiered pricing, but I can’t figure out what the difference in levels are. I happen to like a Silestone color in a less expensive tier, but I don’t want to purchase an inferior product.
Scott J What I was referring to for best would be a popular brand like Silestone. There are lot’s of other brands out there that are not as good. This is a good convo to have with your fabricator who has probably worked with dozens of different brands of quartz.
I think I may have paid way to much for quartz counteetops for a very small vanity if I give you the dimensions can you tell me if this was fair I have only had the templacement done and I’m bummed out
Scott J Your best bet would be to visit another local fabricator for a quote. Did you have to buy an entire slab to get the vanity done or were you able to find a remnant you liked?
We are looking to put the same quartz in laundry room, kitchen, island, guest bath and master bath.
I am looking into getting a bathroom vanity top – 114 inches long by 21 inches deep. Can you give me an estimate quote on Granite and Quartz. I am shopping and wanted to get an idea of what cost I would be looking at. I know cost vary depending on the piece of material you choose. Thank you
When you buy cambria are you buying the entire slab and should you expect the fabricator to bring you the unused material?
Scott J You should ask the fabricator. If they charge you for the whole slab you do own the remnants and are entitled to them.
I’ve been in this business for many years and if a contractor is skilled and very busy, The prices may not quite be so inexpencive. There are many in this business that do great work and many that do undetailed work. We don’t fabricate expensive materials as cheap as we fabricate inexpensive materials because there is always a chance something could break during fabrication or installation and we would have to replace it, so I don’t believe this guide is very accurate with its numbers. We should all be competitive but if a company is very skilled and very busy, they really don’t do bidding wars.?
Is a 3/4″ slab cheaper than a 11/4″ slab, if so by how much? Including build up cost. Thanks!
This comment is in regards to the topic ” How to make quick estimate on your own” I have clients come in everyday asking for quote on Quartz. A client is responsible for purchasing the whole slab even if they only need half of it for their project. If they have a smaller project, like a vanity, I will advise them to look at the Quartz remnants. It will be less expensive. Cambria, Silestone, HanStone do not come in 1⁄2 slabs but, Caeserstone does. I do give this as an option depending on the size of the job.
I don’t think saying that you can get an estimate based on your square footage is enough. If a homeowner is not educated on the size of the material or if there are odd angles that can cause a lot of waste, they aren’t really going to have a clue on estimating. If a job is 52 square feet and 1 slab is 47 square feet, that customer will need to purchase 2 slabs, thus really increasing the cost of the project.
Joe If a company hasn’t completed enough jobs they don’t have access to certain selections where they can complete the last 2 sq ft without charging another whole slab I don’t want them doing my jobs. The second option is they buy back significant left overs on jobs. I’ve had Contractors try and use the same receipt for product purchases across multiple jobs and try and charge the entire amount on each. Tim If I were to buy 2 slabs to complete my 47sqft. Job I would be expecting you to leave the rest of my unused slab with me.
I’m not a counter top installer but have seen to many unhappy customers when I come to install the fixtures many holes not cut the right size, off center, rough edges around drop in sink cut out, and a few more minor misalignments. This can happen to any contractor the savvy ones know how to recover from a bad call or will eat the error,
Get there previous jobs completed also, do your homework. as the man said pick wisely, I personally don’t advertise or want any new customers.
I’ve always had a knack for designing and love it sooo much. I think I’m good and my honest friends say I have great taste. A passion I wished I chased. Anyway I have always been a renter,the kind that would use little money but make the place cozy. I would even put up chandeliers and things I knew I could take with me….now for the first time i bought a condo that looked a mess but I knew I could make it beautiful and bc its my investment I make sure all permanent fixtures are quality and timeless and if i need to indulge my creativity, I will do it with throw pillows, bedspreads and so on. I have even made the inside of my closet pretty and hung a tiny chandelier in there. I want things even in draws and behind doors to look pretty for me. Its the first time I’ve been somewhat of a general contractor, desighner and looking for good quality items. Im now up to the countertops. Its a small area and i want the black and white marble look but thinking of quartz to achieve that. Im hoping since its approx 10ft (really less bc the stove and sink are on that side) I can find a remnant. I have also heard that something that small and me being the onlyone living there there can be countertops that dont need to be thick. Do you have any advice? What will give me a black white and some grey marble look that wont yellow or need constant upkeep and are remnants that size and does thickness matter when its small especially in cost. Thanks for your time. regards Anna
Rachel, Thank you so much for the information. I am looking at counter tops now & will be printing out your comments. One more tip – put pictures of rooms you like on Pinterest or on Houzz & show them to the designer. That way the designer can get a feel for your style & the look you want.
I am a Kitchen Designer slash “Salesperson” (I guess) but I’m too honest to want to call myself a salesperson. I don’t throw a sales pitch ever. I give honest information and pricing and let the customer make an informed choice -whether it’s with us or another company.
That being said, in our area (central New York state) no one that’s qualified should give you a price that doesn’t include installation, ie. measuring for the new top, putting in new top, seaming, leveling the new top, attaching the sink to the top, making all your cutouts, polishing all edges that are exposed, installing ctop-material backsplash, and a professional 15 yr sealer on granite materials.
What’s usually not included? Taking out the old top, hooking or unhooking any plumbing lines, fixing small scuffs on walls when fitting a top between two walls.
What do I tell people to and not to do?
Don’t look at square foot pricing. Sink cutouts, edging, backsplash, wasted material isn’t included in that square foot price. Instead, ask for the final price when the installers have left. What’s the exact end price? Compare that price.
DO look at slabs in person. I’m talking 5’x8′ slabs. Not the samples in the showroom. What you see in the showroom is a sample and your big island might not look exactly like that. You’re paying thousands for this to be an everyday part of your house. Invest the time to see and pick your slabs. Doesn’t matter if it’s granite or quartz.
Do ask an unbiased professional. Not your neighbor, not Cousin Vinny who is a roofing contractor, not the guy who only installs granite, nor the guy who only installs quartz. And NOT HGTV or the internet. (Ironic that I’m saying this on the internet.) Too many times do I get people that tell me they will not look at granite because it’s high maintenance, or they want Corian because it doesn’t stain. I won’t tell you what I know know of their differences because it varies by region. Everyone we use, for example, uses a 15 yr sealer on their granite. That might not be the case near you.
Do consider laminate. If your budget won’t allow granite or quartz, consider it. It’s come a long way. Do listen to word-of-mouth referrals. Usually the contractors or fabricators that are the best, don’t need to advertise or put themselves on someplace like Angie’s List or Porch.Com or on Craigslist. They are perfectly busy by word of mouth recommendations And you’ll probably have to wait longer for their availability. There’s a reason they’re booked.
Do ask your local lumber yard or home improvement store for recommendations if you haven’t heard of any contractors or fabricators. They know who they see all the time and have a good idea of who’s good and bad by what materials they buy, and how happy their customers are. Or. If you want someone cheap who might no do the best job, they con probably steer you in the right direction there, too. Don’t give 3rd chances. If someone doesn’t respond to your calls or emails, don’t go there. Repeat. Do not go there. What happens if that person finally does return your call, gets into the job, and there’s a problem and he stops answering? Don’t put yourself in a situation where you wish you recognized the signs. You’ll pay more to have someone come in and finish even if there were no problems.
Going back to my previous point… the guy that doesn’t advertise works hard for the good recommendation. He’ll probably work hardest to make sure you’re happy.
Do ask what you should expect along the way. What’s the whole process in detail. Don’t forget to ask about how they go about solving problems. What if your ctop has a crack in it from day one? What if a backsplash was forgotten? How do they fix these issues and how long does that take?
Do ask about the warranty. Is there one? What does it cover? You might be surprised that chips or stains or cracks might not be covered.
Do tell your friendly professional how you plan to use your countertop. Do you entertain a lot? Do you have kids? Do you only make coffee in the morning and eat out every night?
I should reiterate: obtain as much information as possible. Do not use the Internet for your main source of information. Talk to an unbiased professional or two and go from there. Make an informed decision. Don’t use marble because HGTV did it on a show and it looks great. The professional will probably be holding back giggles because you don’t even realize that marble stains and etches So easy.
I almost forgot… Do bring samples. Flooring, cabinetry, paint, tile, hardware. It all comes into play. Even if you’re going to re-do your floor in a year, start thinking about it now. You don’t have to do everything at once but definitely plan it out as much as you can. Don’t match a new ctop to your old floor you’re changing soon. And don’t ignore it altogether either. If you want a grey ctop, maybe the beige floor you thought you liked clashes really bad. When that happens…
Do go with what you love. Pick the material choice you love the most and make everything work around that. If you end up with 3 things you only kinda like, you probably won’t be happy still in 3 years.
Do ask for opinions. I’ll tell you once. Contrast is good. Dark and light make ordinary look extraordinary. Beige plus beige plus light beige plus more beige looks blah, no matter how much it cost. (Beige is just an example. I don’t mean to pick on beige.) Beige might look better with a dark color with a little gold in it and voila! Instant beautification! Ask everyone that has a good eye what they think.
Referring back… do go with what YOU love. In the end, it’s your home. Pick what you’ll love to see and maintain every day. (Who cares what Cousin Vinny thinks? You only see him on holidays anyways.)
Gabriel Hi Rachel my name is Gabriel and I am please to read your article on quartz countertops I will be replacing mine next year if everything goes fine and I do listen when I see honesty, thanks and good luck on your goals! Connie Thanks for the excellent information. I appreciate the time this must have taken you. Judy Bonfiglio Excellent advice! Thank you for that. Sabrina Thanks for the advice! Priceless Cassandra Thank you Rachel!! wow – just what I needed
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Updated: August 24, 2018