How Much Do Quartz Countertops Cost?

by Hannah Stephens
Residential kitchen with white quartz counter tops

Sleek quartz countertops can transform the appearance of your kitchen and make it a more pleasant space to hang out. They're also exceptionally durable and scratch-resistant, making them a great option if you need a hard-wearing prep surface. 

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However, this durability comes at a cost. Most homeowners spend between $1,000 and $12,000 (CAD 1,333 and CAD 15,998) on new quartz countertops (according to HomeGuide), and various factors can affect the final price.

How Much Does Quartz Cost?

Quartz countertops cost between $40 and $170 (CAD 53 and CAD 227) per square foot on average, excluding installation labor. The quality, brand and finish can all significantly impact the cost. Points to consider include:

Slab Quality

The cost of quartz partly depends on the quality of the slab. High-quality (First Choice) and mid-quality (Commercial Grade) slabs are the most common types used to make kitchen countertops. First Choice slabs typically cost between $80 and $170 (CAD 107 and CAD 227) per square foot, while Commercial Grade slabs cost between $65 and $80 (CAD 87 and CAD 107) per square foot. 

Low-quality (Second Choice) slabs are significantly cheaper at $40 to $65 (CAD 53 to CAD 87) per square foot. However, they may not offer the appearance and durability of higher-quality materials.

Edge Finish

Another factor affecting the cost of quartz is the edge finish. Companies don't usually charge extra for a slightly curved or square finish. Meanwhile, adding a decorative edge could increase your costs by up to $60 (CAD 80) per linear foot.

Color

Quartz comes in a broad range of colors and finishes, and some are more challenging (and expensive) to produce than others. Jet black quartz is a popular finish for contemporary-style kitchens and usually costs around $57 (CAD 76) per square foot, according to data from Forbes. White Calacatta Venice and sand-colored Atlantic Salt quartz both cost roughly $65 (CAD 87) per square foot. Rugged concrete-look quartz is a more expensive option at $75 (CAD 100) per square foot on average. 

Thickness

Most quartz kitchen countertops measure between 1 centimeter and 3 centimeters thick. The thicker the slab, the more you'll pay. Many installers recommend choosing 3-centimeter-thick slabs for a kitchen to improve the surface's strength and durability. Thicker slabs can also provide a more premium look. If you can't afford thick quartz, installing a brand with built-up edges can create the illusion of thickness. 

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How Much Does Quartz Countertop Installation Cost?

Most contractors charge between $10 and $30 (CAD 13 and CAD 40) per square foot to fabricate and install quartz countertops, although the cost could be higher if the installation requires multiple joins. The labor to install 30 to 40 square feet of quartz countertops costs between $300 and $1,200 (CAD 400 and CAD 1,600), or between $1,500 and $8,000 (CAD 2,000 and CAD 10,666) with materials and delivery.

Certain add-on services can increase how much a quartz countertop costs. Most companies include cutouts for sinks and other standard kitchen fixtures in their quotes, and additional cutouts usually cost $75 to $300 (CAD 100 to CAD 400) each. Budget an additional $1,000 to $6,000 (CAD 1,333 to CAD 8,000) if you want to install a quartz backsplash. 

Other common expenses involved in quartz kitchen countertop installation include the following:

  • Sink installation: $300 to $1,300 (CAD 400 to CAD 1,733)
  • Removing old countertops: $50 to $400 (CAD 67 to CAD 533)
  • Installing or moving electrical outlets: $50 to $130 (CAD 67 to CAD 173) per hour
  • Corner treatments for wraparound countertops: $50 to $150 (CAD 67 to CAD 200) each

How Much Does It Cost to Upgrade Cabinetry to Support a Quartz Countertop?

You should always install quartz countertops on a perfectly level surface. The slabs are also heavy, and you may need to reinforce your cabinetry to support their weight. Generally, you should expect to pay a handyman around $50 to $80 (CAD 67 to CAD 107) per hour to level and reinforce your kitchen cabinets. Installing quartz countertops on an uneven or unsound surface could lead to cracking and warping.

All CAD conversions are based on the exchange rate on the date of publication.

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