How Much Do Quartz Countertops Cost?
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There are many ways to go about customizing a home. One of the biggest decisions that homeowners have to make in both the bathroom and kitchen is what kind of countertop to use. One of the most popular options for countertops over the years has been quartz. The main reason why quartz is so popular is because of its natural beauty and unique patterns. Due to its earthy coloring, no two pieces of quartz countertop look the same. Before choosing quartz countertops for a home, there are a few things that homeowners should keep in mind.
Minimum: $60 per square foot
Maximum: $115 per square foot
Quartz is a very beautiful option for any home, although it's extremely expensive compared to other countertop options. On average, homeowners can expect to pay around $60 to $115 per square foot for quartz countertops. In terms of cost, there are a few things that will affect the overall cost of the quartz countertop. This includes the grade and the size of the quartz slab used in the home. The higher the grade of quartz used, the more expensive it will be. Also, having one large slab is more expensive than having smaller slabs connected together. Although it's covering the same square footage, it's harder to come across larger slabs of quartz.
Homeowners also need to pay attention to how the quartz countertop was formed. For example, naturally formed quartz countertops are more expensive than those that have been ground and reformed. If homeowners do choose to go with ground quartz, they need to decide how fine they want the quartz to be ground. For example, if the quartz is coarsely ground, it will come out with a flecked appearance. If it's finely ground, it will have a much more smooth appearance. The main reason why man-made quartz is cheaper than natural quartz is because it's only 90 percent real quartz. The rest of the materials used to make up the countertop include resins, polymers and pigments to adjust the coloring. Pigments are usually required in man-made quartz to give it the illusion that it's all from the same piece of quartz, but really it's made up of many different pieces.
Quartz countertops can be difficult to install. This is mostly due to weight, which can be extremely heavy when huge slabs of quartz are being installed. As a result, the cost to install quartz countertops can run from $320 to $482 for 50 square feet; the price fluctuates between contractors. Contractors with less experience will often charge less, so it's important to read reviews online before choosing a contractor. After finding the perfect piece of quartz, the last thing that a homeowner wants is for it to be broken by a careless contractor.
Homeowners should also find out from their contractors if they haul away the removed countertop. Most contractors agree to haul away existing countertops, but they usually charge a fee. The fee changes from contractor to contractor, so it's important to find out what that fee is before hiring them.
When it comes down to materials, the main thing that homeowners need to be concerned with is the grade of their quartz countertops. In short, the grade of the quartz is an indication of the quality of the product itself. The higher the grade, the higher the cost. Quartz suppliers offer a lot of different grades, but most can be broken down into the following three categories.
Second Choice – This usually refers to entry-level quartz countertops. Quartz sold at this grade level has natural discoloration that typically has a very high contrast. This discoloration is caused by the slab being formed by pieces of quartz slabs that are placed together. Quartz that has been cut into very small pieces due to unusable parts of a slab often won't work as a countertop. However, if homeowners can make this grade quartz work, they won't be able to find quartz at a better price.
Commercial Grade – People often associate commercial grade quartz as the best mix between quality and price. These pieces of quartz countertops don't have the same depth of color or same clarity as higher-grade quartz. The great thing about commercial grade quartz is that it's often more durable than higher-graded quartz, so homeowners can get quartz countertops that are much more durable but for significantly less money.
First Choice – This is top-of-the-line quartz. Depending on the supplier, this grade is sometimes called “AA” or “Exotic.” Regardless of what they call it, this is the most expensive quartz that homeowners can get their hands on. Usually, these pieces of quartz have rare coloring or are in large, perfect slabs. They are also all natural most of the time, which means they are 100 percent pure quartz.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Quartz Countertops
Just like any other countertop choice, there are pros and cons that the homeowner needs to be aware of when it comes to quartz countertops. All homeowners need to consider these before they begin to look for the quarts that they want and hire contractors.
The first thing to talk about is the beauty of quartz. There are few countertop choices that are more beautiful, and despite its beauty, quartz is a lot more forgiving than other high-quality countertops such as granite. This is because it doesn't chip as easily and doesn't have to be resurfaced or sealed every year like other countertop choices. It is also naturally resilient to bacteria because it has a smooth surface with few pores in which bacteria can hide. Lastly, most quartz suppliers offer a 15-year warranty on quartz products because quartz is known to stand up to the test of time.
The biggest drawback to quartz countertops is, of course, the high price tag. At prices that reach up to $115 per square foot, there are a lot of other cheaper countertop options to consider. Although this may not be a drawback for all homeowners, quartz has a very contemporary look to it. To some homeowners this works out perfectly; for others, quartz isn't going to work with their current home decor.
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Last updated on Oct 20, 2014