How Much Will It Cost To Install a Quartz Countertop?

Ben Kissam
Written by Ben Kissam
Updated January 11, 2022
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The average quartz countertop installation costs $4,500

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Whether you’re installing quartz on a new kitchen island or replacing old counters that cover your sinks and appliances, you’ll find that quartz is highly durable, non-porous, and easy to maintain material. Many also love it for its beauty, so it can really take your kitchen’s aesthetic to the next level.

That said, quartz countertops can range in cost from $1,500 on the low end to $12,000 on the high-end. Materials like vinyl, slate, and granite are all cheaper per square foot, so installing quartz countertops in your kitchen is definitely an investment. This cost guide will help you figure out which countertops you can afford for your budget.

How Much Does It Cost to Install a Quartz Countertop?

Quartz installation costs around $70 and $100 per square foot, but several factors could impact how much new countertops cost. You’ll pay higher prices for countertops cut for sinks and faucets (as opposed to slabs, such as those installed for a kitchen island) or custom edging. For an average-sized quartz kitchen countertop, you should expect to pay around $4,500 for materials and installation.

It’s always a good idea to have a local countertop contractor check out the space before starting the project. Having a pro see the space in person is important for receiving an accurate quote.

How Much Quartz Countertop Can I Get on My Budget?

Around $1,000 could be all you need in some cases to get quartz counters. But if you factor in installation costs, it could cost much more.

$1,000 to $2,000

For under $2,000, homeowners with smaller kitchens that require no specific cuts can likely install new quartz countertops.

A standard slab of quartz for a kitchen island or countertop is 56 by 120 inches. These slabs may vary slightly in size by manufacturer, but expect the base to be about 5 feet by 10 feet. The piece alone will cost around $1,000, so saving on labor costs by removing the old counter or installing yourself can really help you stretch those dollars.

$2,000 to $3,000

In the $2,000 to $3,000 range, you’ll be able to outfit a small to mid-sized kitchen. If your countertops have unique shapes or angles, however, you may not be able to stay under $3,000 without installing them yourself.

If you’re doing an extensive quartz countertop installation, you could save money by considering quartzite instead. Quartzite is not the same material (it’s completely natural, while quartz uses natural materials but is artificial) and is considered less durable but costs between $55 and $75 per square foot.

$3,000 to $4,500

This budget is around the average price you should expect to pay for new quartz countertops. At this price point, you can include the removal of old counters, cabinet prep, and installation.

$4,500+

Custom jobs, especially ones that require new plumbing installation or appliances, will likely exceed $4,500 in a mid-sized to large kitchen. Any prep work you’re willing to do yourself will save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

How Much Does It Cost To Install a Quartz Countertop Yourself?

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Installing a quartz countertop yourself is definitely possible, and you’ll save $10 to $30 per square foot on labor costs depending on the difficulty of installation. But it’s probably not a job best suited for the first-time do-it-yourselfer (or anyone that has difficulty lifting heavy objects).

You’ll absolutely need at least one other person (if not multiple people) to help you pick up your quartz countertops during installation. Raw slabs of quartz weigh 20 to 25 pounds per square foot. A standard raw slab can easily weigh 1,000 pounds or more, meaning you’ll need safety equipment and several people to help you lift and safely install it

A happy medium for cost-conscious installation might be to tackle some of the other aspects of preparing your home for new quartz countertops, such as cleaning up and prepping the area. This approach could save you money (as well as your lower back).

What Factors Influence the Cost to Install a Quartz Countertop?

Installing new quartz countertops may be more complex than you think, and the price you may pay to simply get your kitchen ready for the installation could make up a large chunk of the cost.

Cost FactorPrice
Countertop removal$5 – $15 per sq. ft.
Plumbing removal$75 – $85 per sq. ft.
Sink removal$200 – $300
New countertop installation$70 – $100 per sq. ft.
Edging$5 – $45 per sq. ft.
Polishing and sealing$4 – $6 per sq. ft.

Removal of Old Countertops

Getting rid of old countertops costs between $5 and $15 per square foot. Heavier stone materials like granite, slate, or quartz will cost the most.

Cabinet Preparation

Once you remove the old countertops, you may need to level off and prepare your cabinets for new quartz installation. For example, you may need to add reinforcing beams if your cabinets won’t support the weight of your new stone counters—otherwise, you might wind up needing a local countertop repair specialist. This step is key to ensure your new heavy-duty countertops don’t damage the existing cabinets.

Removal of Plumbing Costs

Many homeowners choose to restructure, upgrade, or add to their plumbing under new countertops when they complete this project. Removal of plumbing generally costs between $75 and $85 per square foot. 

Removing appliances will vary in cost. For example, sink removal typically costs between $200 and $300. A larger appliance like a dishwasher may cost more.

Installation of New Countertops

Attaching quartz countertops requires very careful, measured lowering onto adhesive beams on top of your cabinets. This step must be done while the adhesive is wet to ensure it sticks. An estimate of $70 to $100 per square foot is a safe bet for this portion of the project.

Edging

Different grades of slope around the edges add a unique touch to your new countertops. A beveled edge, which is an edge less than 90 degrees, is standard for most quartz countertops. If you want to customize the edges of your counters with a specific pattern or unique design, you should expect to pay $5 to $45 per square foot. Special ordering these customizations could take longer, too.

Polishing and Sealing

Polishing your quartz countertops gives them a nice shiny look once installed. You’ll likely pay $4 to $6 per square foot for this. 

Some homeowners also like to apply a sealant, but because quartz isn’t porous, sealant actually isn’t necessary for cost-conscious homeowners.

FAQs About Installing a Quartz Countertop

What are the benefits of quartz countertops?

Quartz countertops are relatively expensive, but they’re a very popular option because of their durability and attractive design. Some manufacturers also offer lifetime guarantees for their products. Even though they’re expensive, they could wind up being a one-time purchase.

Should I install quartz or quartzite countertops?

Quartz is artificial, while quartzite is a natural stone. Quartz is 93% crushed quartz mixed with highly durable resin, which helps it last longer. Quartzite, on the other hand, is simply natural stone, so it’s cheaper to install, but unlike quartz, it is more susceptible to chipping and stains.

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