Deciding on the perfect countertop for your kitchen is an arduous task, with so many options to choose from like laminate, stone, wood and even metal.
Add in the large investment you’re making, and selecting the right countertop becomes even more stressful. That’s why we’re here to help!
At Deslaurier Custom Cabinets, we partner with a number of reputable countertop suppliers to help our clients customize the kitchen surfaces of their dreams, while staying within their budget.
Take quartz, for example. Quartz is a wildly popular option for custom kitchen countertops, and may be just what you need to put the finishing touches on your home!
This article will break down everything quartz countertops and prepare you for the anticipated expenses that may come with it.
Let’s get started!
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What Are Quartz Countertops?
Quartz falls under its own category when it comes to countertops. Quartz itself is a mineral in the earth, but quartz countertops are not considered natural stone.
Technically, quartz is an engineered stone countertop, meaning that while 93% of the surface is pure quartz, the remaining 7% of the stone is manmade.
Essentially, what fabricators do is grind up the quartz mineral and glue it back together with polymers and binders. These man made components bind with the quartz to create an ultra-durable surface that doesn’t need resealing.
During the manufacturing process, sometimes fabricators add tiny flecks of glass or metals to the quartz to create extra visual appeal. Plus, they also often combine pigments with the quartz to develop slabs of all colours, like green, red, and blue.
Curious of how quartz measures up against granite? We have an article just for that! Check out Quartz vs. Granite Countertops.
Styles of Quartz Kitchen Countertops
Prospective buyers often get confused when researching quartz countertops because they come across seemingly contradictory adjectives, like “natural” and “man-made.” The truth is, both of these adjectives apply to engineered quartz.
Quartz’s engineered fabrication process translates to endless style options. Since additives, like pigment, are combined with quartz aggregate in the factory, manufacturers can create a full spectrum of aesthetics. You’ll find quartz in a diverse array of colours, patterns, and textures.
Caesarstone and Silestone are two premier brands in the field of quartz surface design. These forerunners get creative when forging quartz-resin mixes. Caesarstone is known for incorporating semi-precious stones into their counters while Silestone’s reputation is built on a whopping selection of hundreds of colours.
Using this method of manufacturing, fabricators are able to manipulate quartz to mimic the look of natural stones, like marble. This allows quartz to offer a cost-effective imitation of a more expensive marble countertop.
The design process is an extremely valuable tool when selecting the right countertop style. Your designer will help you decide what pattern or colour is best suited for your kitchen’s design, as well as help you consider budgetary restraints that go along with that.
Durability of Quartz Kitchen Countertops
The clear advantage of quartz countertops over natural stone countertops is that quartz is non-porous. The resin incorporated directly into the manufacturing process functions as a strong sealant. That means you don’t have to worry about routinely resealing your quartz surface, an additional cost required for natural stone countertops.
The non-porous, set-and-forget feature of engineered quartz is often a deciding factor for kitchen remodelers.
Conversely, the biggest maintenance-related drawback to quartz is that it's not heat-resistant. You can’t put down a hot pan or pot directly onto its surface without running the risk of making permanent scorch marks.
Cost of Quartz Kitchen Countertops
Determining the cost of quartz, or any other stone countertop, is not an exact science. There are a number of uncontrollable variables that may affect the price of natural materials from one month to the next.
The price of quartz can be influenced by quarry location, shipping costs, manufacturer and supply and demand.
So, how much are quartz kitchen countertops? According to Ottawa supplier Urban Quarry, the average cost of a quartz countertop falls between $80-$180 per sq. ft., not including installation fees.
This could wind up being anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000, depending on the amount of countertop space you have, and the quality of quartz selected.
Cost of Quartz Kitchen Countertop Installation
The cost of countertop installation will vary depending on the size, design, and cutouts that are required.
A standard countertop, with no cutouts, could cost anywhere from $300 to $600 to install.
Once cutouts and other maintenance are factored in, installation can cost well over a thousand dollars. Let’s take a look at the cutout factors that affect installation prices.
Cost of Sink Cutout
Your sink’s size, style, and type of installation will influence the total cost based on the necessary cutout.
Quartz’s versatility lends itself well to various sink styles and installation types. From single or double basin sinks, traditional drop-in top-mounts, to large farmhouse sinks or tricky undermount sinks, quartz can handle all of it.
Standard sink cutouts will cost anywhere between $200 to $500 depending on the size and style of the installation needed.
It’s important to note that not all sink cutouts are the same. Take for instance an undermount sink.
Since undermount sink styles are installed underneath the counter and won’t fully cover the cutout like a top-mount or large farmhouse, they will require finished edges on the cutout. This additional charge will cost roughly $200 to $400 depending on the size of the cutout and the preferred edge style.
Cost of Faucet and Dispenser Cutouts
Just like for a sink, a cutout will be required for any faucets or soap dispensers to be properly installed. This could require anywhere from one to four additional cutouts. All in all, the additional cost of these alterations will be anywhere from $100 to $300.
Total Cost of A Quartz Kitchen Countertop
We’ve covered the materials, installation, and additional cutouts needed for a quartz countertop. Now let’s add them up to find the total cost!
Remember, the cost of quartz can vary for a multitude of reasons, and not all kitchens are built the same. Some will have 15 sq. ft. of countertop space, while another may have a generous kitchen island that results in 50 sq. ft.
Generally speaking, the total cost of a fully installed quartz countertop can be anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000.
When determining countertop prices, design is everything At Deslaurier, We bring 60+ years of experience to the table and partner with a vast network of premier countertop suppliers. The result? We consistently leave a long trail of customized, high-performance kitchens in our path.