Countertop materials vary from wood and laminate and various stones including granite, marble and quartz.
As a worktop or countertop material for kitchens and bathrooms, quartz possesses the rare combination of being aesthetically striking and beautiful as well as stain-resistant and highly durable.
Quartz countertops are not 100% quartz – they use plastic resins to bind quartz minerals together. This results in a non-porous countertop that is properly sealed and therefore non-porous. Other natural stone countertops, like granite, are porous and need to be sealed.
Given their popularity and the many types of quartz countertops available, you may be wondering how much you can expect to pay for one.
This article will cover what you can expect to pay for a quartz countertop, factors that can affect the cost and other common questions around quartz countertops.
Total Cost of Installing Quartz Countertops
By collecting data from 5 kitchen designers and stone cutters and 6 secondary sources, we received the following total job cost for supplying and installing quartz countertops.
Prices include standard labour fees, e.g. removing old countertops and laying the new ones. Prices are given for 20mm thick countertops with standard edging options.
|Quality||Small Kitchen (3m² of Countertops)||Medium Kitchen (6m² of Countertops)||Small Kitchen (9m² of Countertops)|
Aside from edging and thickness, there are three main extra costs to take into account: windowsills, splashbacks and sinks.
- Windowsills are often fitted in the same style as the countertops. Quartz windowsills will typically add another £300 to £500 onto an average installation.
- Matching sinks also made from quartz are a popular addition to quartz kitchen countertops. Sinks can be fitted in the same colour as your quartz countertops. A quartz sink will add another £250 to £500 onto an average installation.
- Splashbacks can be fitted behind and around the sink. Quartz splashbacks can add a further £100 onto an average installation.
Average Supply Cost of Quartz By Brand/Type Per m²
To illustrate the variation in different types of quartz brands, colours and types, we’ve compiled this table of some of the most popular quartz choices typically on offer in the UK.
Here are the average prices of different quality brands of quartz countertops per m² of 20mm thick slab:
|Quality||Example Brands||Cost Per m 20mm thick Slab|
|Cheapest||Global Crema / Compac Cenisa / Simply Quartz||£150 - £350|
|Standard||Quarella Blanco Paloma / Radianz Columbia Grey, Bristol Beige / Silestone||£300 - £400|
|Premium||Silestone Blanco Stellar and Negro Stellar / CRL Grey Reflection||£350 - £500|
|Premium +||Beltrami Blanco Massa / Radianz Makalu Silver / Classic Quartz Ice Branco||£400 - £600|
|Most Expensive||Radianz Lucern Lake, Midnight Sapphire / Novaestone Bianco Carrara||£450 - £1000|
Cheaper brands and types of quartz typically come in more plain, earthier colours. High-end brands like Radianz Lucern Lake and Midnight Sapphire are much bolder and richer in colour.
Some, like Lucern Lake, are modelled to resemble real marble and contain similar grains to natural stone with the added durability and resistance of quartz.
Whilst countertops are typically priced per metre squared, they often come in slabs of around 1250 x 650mm or 3000 x 650mm. It would be rare for the depth of a countertop to exceed 650mm.
Custom slabs are often required for breakfast bars, peninsulas and islands.
Quartz slabs also come in thicknesses between 20 to 50mm, with thicker slabs costing more than thinner slabs.
Finally, the type of edging also affects the price of quartz countertops.
- Waterfall edges, where the worktop ‘flows’ over the side of the worktop towards the floor, will significantly raise the price of the quartz and installation. Popular for islands.
- Ogee edges are also one of the higher-end edges, typically featuring an S-shape wave
- Bullnose edge countertops (full of half) are rounded at the edge – one of the most common types of edging
- Bevelled edges feature a short sloped edge
- Flat edges/eased edges are the simplest and cheapest types of countertop edging
Types of Quartz Countertops
There are many types of quartz countertops with varying quality grades, colours and quartz content.
One of the main variables is colour. Higher-end quartz usually comes in a range of bright colours with natural grains and variation across the slab.
Cheaper quartz countertops are usually available only in earth colours like dark grey and brown.
Different types of quartz also have different levels of quartz content, Samsung Radianz Quartz is 93% quartz, for example (yes, manufactured by the same Samsung group as phones and other devices!).
The vast majority of quartz countertops are 90% to 99% quartz.
Benefits of Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops for kitchen or bathrooms possess a unique profile of physical and aesthetic qualities. Quartz kitchen countertops are fast becoming the most popular kitchen countertop material, ahead of natural stone, wood and laminates.
Non-Porous and Stain-Resistant
Quartz is exceptionally hard, second only to precious gems. It’s sealed with high-quality inert resins to make it totally non-porous. This creates a chemically stable, non-porous stone surface. It doesn’t need to be sealed like other natural stones and is stain-resistant for the duration of its lifespan.
Quartz countertops are very low maintenance, just requiring standard cleaning. You don’t need to use and quartz-specific cleansers or lotions.
Quartz is exceptionally durable and resistant to both impact and scratch damage. It’s less likely to crack than natural stone worktops. Quartz can be used for both countertops and sinks.
Lots of Colour Options
Quartz is available in many different colours. The resin mixture can typically be dyed in any colour. For example, one of the most popular brands of quartz, Samsung Radianz Quartz, is available in over 25 colours.
All quartz worktops have the same crystalline iridescent look that gives them a classically high-end feel.
Colourfastness refers to how resistant a material is to losing its colour when exposed to sunlight or heat. High-quality quartz countertops are generally very colourfast and will retain their colours for years.
Granite vs Quartz vs Marble Countertops
These are the 3 most popular high-end natural material countertops available.
- Marble is by far the most expensive countertop material you can buy.
- Granite and quartz are similarly priced.
- Quartz scores points against both granite and marble when it comes to durability and chemical resistance – it’s the strongest material of the trio and isn’t so vulnerable to chips and impact damage.
Quartz’ super-durable physical characteristics and aesthetic flexibility tip the odds into quartz’s favour when comparing quartz vs marble vs granite countertops
Cracking a new granite or marble countertop can be catastrophic, the risk of crack, shatter or chip is much lower if you choose quartz countertops.
How Long Do Quartz Countertops Take to Fit?
You’ll firstly need to contact a local kitchen designer for a design and fitting consultation.
It’s absolutely crucial that your kitchen is accurately measured, particularly if it’s atypically shaped and requires custom-cut quartz countertops.
Once your kitchen has been measured up and you’ve chosen your countertop colour and edges, the kitchen designer will source the countertop from a stone cutter/supplier.
The next step will be to remove your old countertops. You might be able to sell these or trade them in with the kitchen designer for a discount on your installation.
Fitting the new countertops should only take 1 to 2 days.
Many people choose to fit new countertops as part of fitting an entire new kitchen, but they can easily be fitted on their own.
Make sure that you’re aware of the brand of quartz countertop that you’re getting. As we can see, quartz countertops vary hugely in price – it’s essential that you find out what you’re paying for before agreeing to a deal.
Whilst high-end quartz invariably possesses the most high-end aesthetic qualities, the standards of quartz countertops are generally very high. In terms of durability, most quartz countertop brands and manufacturers are closely matched.
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