Tips From the Trade: How to Estimate Your Quartz Countertop Cost

August 07, 2018

Estimate

When you’re planning a kitchen or bathroom remodel, estimating the costs of each element in advance is crucial, because it allows you to set a budget and make decisions about where to save and where to splurge! Choosing quartz countertops can save you a substantial amount of money without any sacrifice of beauty. If you have your heart set on marble or any other natural stone, a quartz countertop kitchen inspiration can give you the look you crave.

However, just like marble or other natural stone countertops, the price of quartz countertops can vary widely. To get the best value for your investment, it’s important to understand what goes into the calculation.

Quality

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Every quartz countertop is not the same; quality is a big factor in determining price. In an effort to satisfy the lower-priced market, some manufacturers have cut a few corners in the process. The difference in price points is due to the ratio and quality of quartz and resin used to make them, the manufacturing process, quality inspection, and warranty.

A higher-quality quartz countertop, like MSI’s Q Naturals, is extremely durable and resistant to scratches, stains, and cracks — even with white quartz countertops. They are certified to emit low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can affect your family’s health. They offer consistent, beautiful coloration and are and backed by strong warranties that offer peace of mind.

Customizations

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Get this look with MSI's Cashmere Oro Quartz (Photo Credit: Houzz)

Just like a natural stone countertop, a quartz countertop can be customized to add character and personality to your design. A quartz slab can be shaped in a curve, given custom cutouts for fixtures and appliances, or created with a matte finish. Edge treatments are the most popular type of customization — beveled edges, bullnose, ogee, or rounded, just to name a few.

MSI also offers prefabricated quartz countertops, which are available in popular, standard sizes with cutouts for the typical kitchen sink among other options. This helps to reduce the cost of a new quartz countertop substantially.

Installation

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Get this look with MSI's Concerto Quartz (Photo Credit: Houzz)

When budgeting for your countertop, keep in mind that the quoted cost does not include installation. This can also vary depending on the complexity of your countertop design. The installation process involves leveling the cabinets and adding supports as needed, such as in places that are not going to be sitting on top of cabinetry. Installation also involves seam joining where necessary; when done properly the seams should line up perfectly and be unobtrusive.

The Bottom Line

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You can expect to pay $50 to $60 per foot for a low-quality quartz countertop (not including installation). Mid-quality countertops are generally priced at $60 to $70 per square foot. The top-quality quartz cost is about $70 to $100 per square foot. 

MSI Q Naturals are priced at the premium end, at $70 to $100 per square foot. So, why would you pay more for MSI’s products? For one thing, there’s the quality manufacturing process, consistency of color and thickness, and durability mentioned previously. Also, MSI offers a lifetime residential warranty on its quartz countertops. 

However, here’s the most important reason: A quartz countertop is a big investment, which will last for decades. That’s a long time to live with a substandard product — so it’s well worth paying a bit extra to ensure it stays just as gorgeous as the day it was installed. 

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Take some time to browse MSI’s web gallery to see Q Naturals and our other quartz countertops, and see why they’re such a great investment.

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