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Estimating The Cost Of New Quartz Countertops
So you’re thinking about installing quartz countertops in your home, but you want a better idea of what it’s going to cost you.
If so, then, you’ve come to the right place.
Although I can’t tell you exactly how much your kitchen countertop project is going to cost, I can explain how our company observes, measures, and estimates the cost of installing new quartz countertops.
So keep reading, and I’ll explain all of the factors involved in determining the cost of installing quartz countertops in your kitchen.
The Type Of Quartz
Just as there are many different types of wood building materials available, there are also many different types of quartz that are available, each that comes with its own unique strengths and weaknesses, as well as a varying price tag.
For instance, Cambria, Caesarstone, and Silestone are three major brands of quartz that are widely known for a big diversity of designs available, have relatively high-quality slabs, and are considered as designer-level stone countertops. However, all of that has significant impact on price compering to other less advertised brands.
white kitchen with black quartz tristanr countertop from stone wizards
At Stone Wizards we offer our own imported quartz to our clients which is of great quality and can typically be done at a very reasonable price. Should you decide to choose our quartz we will provide same day measurement and next day countertop installation.
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The Slab Thickness
Typically, you’ll see quartz countertops varying in thicknesses between 0.75 inches and 1.25 inches. But sometimes, countertop quartz slabs can be cut at custom thicknesses that are either thicker or thinner than this.
In general, the thicker that a slab of quartz is, the more expensive it’s going to be.
Therefore, homeowners can often save a little bit on the cost by opting for thinner quartz countertops, which will still provide your kitchen with that quartz shine, as well as allowing them to stick to a more minimalist style.
The Shape Of Your Kitchen
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, no two kitchens are designed in the exact same way.
Some are designed lengthwise, stretched out against the length of a single wall, while others are built with an L-shaped or U-shaped design. Or alternatively, other kitchens are designed with a separate island countertop, right in the center of the room.
diagram with possible kitchen layouts including one wall, galley, L-shape, U-shape, kitchen with an island and kitchen with peninsula
Regardless, the important thing to know is that the shape of your kitchen will ultimately play a role in determining the overall cost of installing quartz countertops. This is because corner pieces will require additional cuts and preparations to ensure a proper fit during installation.
Furthermore, the shape of your kitchen will also determine where certain slab edges will be exposed. Exposed edges typically require extra polishing work to create the finished profile.
In her words, the edge profile that you choose will also affect the cost of your kitchen project.
Quartz Countertop Edge Profile
The edge profile of a kitchen countertop, although subtle, can add a ton of character to the look and feel of your cooking space.
However, because of the fact that certain edge profiles may require an additional cut of stone or extra labor, the edge profile that you choose will ultimately factor into the cost of your project.
The most basic type of edge profile is known as a Pencil profile, which is essentially a square edge, with polished corners. However, a ¼ bevel on the top corner of the countertop slab is another very common edge profile.
Quartz countertops with a Pencil or ¼ bevel edge profiles are available from Stone Wizards at no extra charge.
diagram illustrating edge profiles for stone wizards quartz countertops
Alternately, Stone Wizards provides homeowners with the choice of 10 other edge profiles that can help add that finishing touch of class to any kitchen.
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Fixtures And Appliances
Just like the edge profile of your countertop, the positioning of your home’s fixtures and appliances will also affect the overall cost of your countertop installation. This is because additional measurements will be needed to make cuts at these key locations.
The biggest cut made here is usually for your sink, which can be designed in one of two ways.
The first method is when an opening is cut for a drop-in or under-mount sink, while the other method involves making a much longer cut to install with an apron-style sink.
Because of their size and positioning, cuts for an apron-style sink are usually more expensive.
At the same time, your countertop cuts will be more expensive if you’re planning to install a built-in cooktop, as opposed to having a standard freestanding range or a “slide-in” stove.
The Type Of Backsplash That You Choose
There’s no better way to complete a new countertop installation than by complementing it with a gorgeous stone or tile backsplash.
In fact, adding a stone or tile backsplash is the ideal way to add either a matching tone or a contrasting color, that’s sure to give your kitchen that finished touch of style and class.
kitchen with cliff quartz countertop and full wall Mayfair quartz backsplash. both supplied and installed by Stone Wizards
kitchen with stone countertop and 4 inch backsplash strip
Homeowners have the option of either installing a full-wall quartz stone backsplash or a shorter, 4 inch backsplash strip, which will vary in price depending on the size of your kitchen, as well as the type of stone that you choose.
Other Cost Factors
When it comes to estimating the cost of your new quartz countertops, the type of stone, the thickness, and the dimensions of your project are going to be the biggest determining factors.
However, there are also a few other factors that you might want to consider when trying to get a better idea of how much your project will cost.
For instance, depending on where it’s located, the location of your property might result in a higher cost, especially if you live towards the outskirts of the GTA, or if there are any accessibility issues at your home.
Additionally, your property type might also contribute to an increased cost.
Generally, if you live in a single-dwelling home, there won’t be any additional charges applied to the cost of your project. However, Stone Wizards reserves the right to charge an extra fee for installation in condominiums and similar type residences.
How Much Will Your New Quartz Countertops Cost You?
Again, the type of quartz and the scope of your project will determine the cost of your new kitchen countertops.
However, there are many other factors to consider that will ultimately affect the overall cost of your countertop project.
That’s why, if you’re looking for an estimate on new quartz kitchen countertops in Toronto or the surrounding GTA, don’t hesitate to contact Stone Wizards today for a free and accurate quote.