Engineered Quartz Countertop Prices
Quartz is the new kid on the block and one of the most popular forms is engineered quartz. Engineered quartz is a manufactured mixture of about 95% crushed quartz stone and 5% resin. The resin acts as a binder and offers enhanced durability and resistance to corrosion and chipping. The primary draw of engineered quartz is its wide range of color options. See our full engineered quartz guide below.
The average minimum cost per finished square foot of engineered quartz counters is $38.
The average maximum cost per finished square foot of engineered quartz counters is $55.
In addition to the cost of the slab of engineered quartz to be installed as a counter, there are some other costs associated with this home remodeling project. Supplies such as epoxy and adhesives add an average of $2.20 per finished square foot of surface area. Because only certified installers are able to put in engineered quartz counters, labor costs for installing these counters tends to be higher than for the installation of counters made from other materials. The average cost of labor for installing engineered quartz counters is $52.50 per hour. This includes an installation featuring one or two seams and a finished edge along the outer perimeters of the counters. If the homeowner selects an unusual shape or sculpted edges to the counters, this increases the installation cost.
The quartz stone that is used to make engineered quartz counters is graded in a non-standard way by manufacturers. The three general grades of quartz include:
Second Choice: This type of quartz may have discolorations or a high number of veins. This is not noticeable when the quartz is crushed and mixed into the resin.
Commercial Grade: This is standard-grade stone that offers average quality and depth of color.
First Choice: This premium grade of quartz features strong, rich colors and a minimum of veins.
There are several major manufacturers of engineered quartz serving the U.S. market. These manufacturers produce brands of engineered quartz including:
CaesarStone: This product is made of 93% crushed quartz and resembles limestone. The manufacturing company offers a 10-year limited warranty on this product.
Cambria: Made of 93% crushed quartz, epoxy resin and added pigments, this brand of engineered stone features zero emissions and is free of radon.
Zodiaq: This engineered quartz comes in a wide variety of colors. Its manufacturer, DuPont, offers a 10-year limited warranty. It is made of 25% recycled content.
Advantages of Engineered Quartz Counters
Engineered quartz is not porous, which makes it a hygienic choice for kitchen and bathroom surfaces. It is easy to keep clean with just a solution of soap and water. This material resists stains and corrosion and keeps its appearance even over decades of heavy use. Matching backsplashes can be installed without obvious seams. The wide range of colors available with engineered quartz allows homeowners to choose a color that coordinates with their decor, cabinets and flooring.
Disadvantages of Engineered Quartz Counters
Engineered quartz can be damaged by heat, so homeowners must use a trivet or hot pad between a hot pan and the surface of the counter.
Due to the heft of engineered quartz, an installation crew must ensure the cabinets and walls are structurally sound. Because only certified distributors and installers work with engineered quartz, homeowners may have to wait a long time between measurements and ordering of the material to have it installed. The price per finished square foot of engineered quartz is higher than other popular counter materials such as laminate but is comparable to luxury materials such as granite.
Last updated on Nov 4, 2014
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