When it comes to creating a classy look for the kitchen, quartz worktops really are where it’s at. Quartz has many highly appealing qualities. As well as a great look that is hard to beat, quartz is extremely durable, scratch and heat-resistant, non-porous and easy to maintain. However, there is one stumbling block – the cost. Quartz worktops don’t come cheap. It is an expensive material. The thing is that a quartz worktop is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. It’s often the cost of quartz worktops that puts people off but a lot of people don’t really know what the cost actually is. So, what we intend to do here is explain what the average cost of quartz worktops is, and the various factors that influence the cost. We’ll also tell you how you can keep costs down too.
How do the prices of quartz worktops compare?
The average cost of a quartz worktop, including installation, tends to range from £50 to £100 per square foot. This means that even a modest sized countertop – say 54 square feet – would cost somewhere between £2,700 and £5,400. The quality of the quartz slab you choose will determine the price range you end up in.
When looking at the cost of quartz worktops, the quality of the quartz slab is typically grouped into three categories: Basic quality, Better quality and Best quality. A slab of basic quality quartz will cost around the £3,000 mark, up to around £3,250. You will find that better quality quartz costs between £3,200 and £3,600. Meanwhile, a slab of the best quality quartz will set you back between £3,500 and £4000. The price you pay for installation tends to be between £150 and £300.
Grade of quartz
The grade of the quartz greatly influences the cost you face. Basic or standard grade quartz is typically found with earth tone colours. At the other end of the scale, premium grade and designer grade quartz are richer in quality and come in a wider variety of shades and tones.
The cost of worktop installation
As a general rule, you will find that installation charges are between 20% to 50% of the aggregate material cost. Therefore, the average cost of a quartz worktop installation is around 30% of the aggregate material cost.
Of course, the complexity of installation can vary and this will impact on the installation price you are quoted. Any quartz slab that has no seams or corners is relatively simple and straightforward to install. Naturally, this will be reflected in the installation charges. However, you will find that quartz worktops which are wrap-around or that have multiple seams make for a more complicated installation. Similarly, any installation where the corners or edging of the quartz need adjustment will significantly up the price.
Buying a quartz worktop: Shop local
There are many reasons why you should stay local when you are considering a major purchase such as a quartz worktop. The thing that sets local companies apart is their willingness and determination to do the job right. Word of mouth and reputation is so important, especially to local firms. Large internet companies may be able to promise you a cheap worktop but often this won’t be any cheaper than a local stone fabricator.
Larger companies often sub-contract aspects of their work which can lead to all sorts of problems. Not only that, if an issue needs to be resolved, you never know how long it might take to get a satisfactory response.
With a local company, you can expect friendly and helpful staff who are only too happy to share their experience and expertise, rather than just giving you the big sell.
How to keep the cost of quartz worktops down?
Probably the best time of year to go shopping for a quartz worktop is around Christmas. For the simple reason that few people are ever likely to have kitchen materials at the top of their shopping list at this time of year. With so many other things to think about, sales of quartz worktops are likely to be low. Because of this, you usually see a whole host of super deals, special offers and discounted prices to choose from.
Shop around with quotes
Most people have heard the good advice to never just accept the first quote you are given. It always makes sense to get a least two comparative quotes to consider before making a decision. With a major purchase such as a quartz worktop, it really does make sense to take your time to gather a few quotes before you dig deep into your pockets.
Do your own estimate
It’s also a good idea to do your own estimate before you get any market quotes. Okay, so it might be a little rough around the edges and not exact – but it will give you a pretty clear idea whether the quotes you are given are fair or not.
To work out your own estimate, measure up the area you want to install the countertop. Do the measurements in inches by length and breadth and then convert the measurements into the square footage. Finally, to calculate the total estimate, add up all the square, rectangular and triangular areas and convert to square footage. Based on the principle of the cost of quartz worktops ranging from between £50 and £100, you can work out the final estimate by multiplying the total square feet with the price per square foot.
Thickness, width and other factors to consider
Generally speaking, the standard size of a quartz worktop is a thickness of 30mm, and, front to back, a depth of 650mm. However, for a really contemporary look, many people are attracted to thinner worktops. As a rule of thumb, 20mm quartz costs around 15% less than a 30mm slab. Obviously, a lot depends on the manufacturer and the grade of quartz that is chosen.
Of course, there is often a call for extra-wide worktops, such as sections for breakfast bars or kitchen islands, As these can vary greatly in shape, they are often less efficient in the use of material. Because of this, pricing is only really possible on a case-by-case basis.
The cost of quartz worktops: Is DIY an option?
In a new build, a quartz worktop can be installed precisely to the builder’s specifications for the kitchen. Indeed the room can even be designed around a pre-existing slab. However, if you are installing a quartz worktop to an existing space, it’s a different matter.
Bear in mind that while quartz can be cut down, it cannot be cut back again. So, if you intending to do the cutting yourself, it is vital that you measure up accurately. Clearing the path to where you want the quartz slab to be placed is important too.
Fortunately, quartz isn’t particularly fragile but it is extremely heavy. You are more likely to damage the contents of your house or cause an injury to those lifting the quartz than to damage the slab itself. Extreme care is needed and it’s certainly not a one man/woman job!
DIY or Professional?
Installing a quartz countertop represents a major DIY project, but not one that should be avoided, just as long as you are confident and competent. You need to own the correct tools to measure the area perfectly. Also, bear in mind that pre-purchased slabs are only any good if they are the right size and shape. So, in most cases, you will want a precisely fabricated slab.
If you go ahead with the DIY project, an important thing to consider is that two crucial aspects to remember are to prepare the cabinet below the counter and getting the counter to the cabinet. Bearing in mind the considerable weight of quartz, the cabinet must be extremely sturdy to take the weight of the slab.
Ideally, the countertop will already be cut to the precise size and shape that is required. If absolutely necessary, a wet saw can be used. It is important that you wear suitable eye and breathing protection.
Extreme caution should be taken if you need to polish the quartz. As it is resinous, it will begin to melt if it gets too hot. On the plus side, you will find that silicone sealing isn’t as important as it is with other types of worktop. This is because the weight of the quartz will create an airtight seal that keeps the sink in place.
If you would like to have a chat about the cost of quartz worktops, simply get in touch. Our friendly experts are always on hand to help and advise you about your kitchen options. If you would like to browse any of our other products, including our kitchen units and replacement kitchen doors, then be sure to visit the relevant category pages. Our kitchens for sale are vast and wide-ranging, and we are sure you will find a design that you like the look of.