Quartzite countertops cost per square foot typically falls between $100 and $200, professionally installed. Quartzite is expensive countertop material and there's a good reason for that. It's a natural stone with beautiful designs and patterns, and true quartzite is a very hard material that is even harder than granite. The cost of quartzite countertops should run between $6,000 and $12,000 in an average size kitchen with 60 square feet of countertop space.
Quartzite is actually a confusing subject for many people and that confusion is compounded by a wealth of incorrect information available relating to quartzite. You can find online sources and stone suppliers that will try to convince you that you can buy quartzite for as low as $50 to $60 per square foot, but true quartzite is more expensive than that. As discussed in more detail below, red flags should go up when you see low priced quartzite or quartzite that is described as "soft quartzite."
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True Quartzite And Its Pretenders
Quartzite is a stone created by Earth's natural wonders. The short version of quartzite's creation is that it starts out as sandstone that is naturally heated and compressed over time, and eventually the outcome is a stone with a beauty that rivals marble and a hardness that beats granite. The combination of its natural beauty and durability makes for an excellent countertop stone and also explains its high cost. When you look at quartzite vs granite cost or quartzite vs quartz cost, you will find that it's more expensive to install true quartzite than granite or quartz.
But what about that $50 or $60 quartzite you've seen? Does that include the cost of installation? Is it referred to as soft quartzite? Dolomitic quartzite? Calcitic quartzite? You should be skeptical when you see a quartzite that's under $100 per square foot, professionally installed. Look at the name of it and ask questions about it. If you hear any of the suspect terms (soft, dolomitic, calcitic), you will know that what you are looking at is likely, not true quartzite.
If you determine that it's not a true quartzite, you will know that it's also not going to act like a true quartzite. Those materials are usually layered with marble or other softer stone making its hardness level fall somewhere between marble and quartzite. "Soft quartzite" is more prone to etching and staining than true quartzite and its maintenance is much higher.
Quartzite Countertops Cost Factors to Consider
Not only is the actual material expensive, but additional cost factors related to quartzite countertops need to be considered as well.
Countertop layout and design
Does your kitchen have a straightforward countertop layout and design? If the layout is difficult, it will likely make fabrication and installation costs higher. Do you have a lot of corners and ends or just a few? More cuts equal more cost.
Does your countertop design include a quartzite backsplash as well? Whether it's a four-inch backsplash or an entire wall slab, if you want to carry your quartzite countertops up into a backsplash, you increase the square footage and add to your cost.
Upgrades and extras
Standard edges might be included in the price, but if you want fancy edges, you will pay more for those. And if you want a thicker than the standard countertop, the cost of your material will be higher. Sealing your counters is also an extra cost to consider. You will hear arguments that quartzite does not need to be sealed and arguments that it does. See below for further discussion on this topic.
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Quartzite Countertops Price Breakdown
If you are a novice countertop shopper, the total cost of countertops can be very surprising. If you go into your first stone shop and see quartzite for $110 per square foot, you may do the math in your head and think you'll spend $6,600 for your 60 square feet of countertops. But wait a minute, that might be the base cost for material alone and then you have to add in all of the extra costs that go along with new countertops. See the following for a price breakdown of costs involved in buying new quartzite counters.
Cost of material
It's important to know if your material cost includes installation or not. If you are just looking at the cost of the material without the installation charges, you may be able to find an incredible deal on true quartzite for under $85, but that would be unusual. True quartzite will usually cost at least $85 per square foot and will go up from there. The cost of quartzite is affected by your location, as in, how far does the quartzite have to travel to get to you? Quartzite slabs are very heavy and large, so the cost to transport it is high.
Laws of supply and demand also affect the cost of quartzite counters. A quartzite that is more commonly available will be less expensive than a unique and rare quartzite. Particular colors of quartzite that are in high demand will also be more expensive. For example, you may find that white quartzite countertops cost more than some other colors because white countertops are in high demand. Its supply is also lowered by the fact that white quartzite can vary in tones, shades, and veining and not all of it will work for countertop material.
And don't forget thickness! If you want the trendy look of thicker than standard counters, it's going to cost more. Be sure to ask for the cost of thicker counters or you will be given the price for standard counters.
Fabrication and cuts
Since true quartzite is such a hard material, it is difficult to fabricate making it more expensive to fabricate than some other stones. As mentioned above, a lot of corners and ends to your countertops require a lot of cuts. And what about cutouts? Do you require extra cutouts for things like a second sink, soap dispenser, and beverage faucet? The more cuts you have to make, the more expensive the fabrication will be. Know how many ends, cutouts, and corners you have when you are pricing the counters so you can get an accurate cost quote.
Edging is also something you need to ask about. Sometimes a standard edge is included in the cost or sometimes a standard edge is the lowest additional cost such as $7 per linear foot and an upgraded edge is could be $20 per square foot. That cost is different everywhere, so it's important to check into that when getting your quote.
You will hear arguments that quartzite does not need to be sealed and arguments that it does need to be sealed. A true quartzite is a very hard material and may not need to be sealed. If you buy a "soft quartzite" (or any of the alternative red flag labels) it absolutely must be initially sealed and resealed annually. You can always test your stone by squeezing lemon juice on the material to see if it soaks in. If it does, you're probably not working with true quartzite and you need to seal the stone.
If you decide to buy a "soft quartzite" you're going to want to have it professionally sealed with a very protective sealant. We've looked into some of the latest and greatest protective sealing methods for softer countertops, but some of them can cost as much as your actual countertops! We've heard quotes for even $50 to $100 per square foot to seal your counters! So if you're going to buy a "soft quartzite" be sure you look into the cost of sealing the countertops as well.
Expect to pay somewhere in the range of $30 to $50 per square foot for the cost of installation. See below for more detail regarding the cost to install quartzite counters.
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Quartzite Countertops Prices by Type
For the sake of argument, we can include "soft quartzite" in the discussion of price by type of quartzite even though it's not a true quartzite. "Soft quartzite" can cost around $80 per square foot, professionally installed. Remember that anytime you are quoted less than $100 per square foot for quartzite (installation included), you should start asking questions to be sure you aren't actually looking at a "soft quartzite."
Expect to pay at least $100 at the low end for true quartzite. True quartzite in the $100 - $120 range will be more commonly available quartzite than expensive quartzite, which will generally be rarer and will cost between $120 and $200 per square foot or more.
As previously mentioned, the price of quartzite is dictated by supply and demand and also by location. If you live near a quarry, you may be in luck because it might cost less! The farther the quartzite has to travel and the more in demand it is, the more expensive it will be.
See the chart below to compare the cost to install 60 square feet of countertops with different levels of quartzite.
|Quartzite cost levels||"Soft Quartzite"||Low end true quartzite||High end true quartzite|
|Cost per square foot*||$80 - $100||$100 - $120||$120 - $200 or more|
|Cost of 60 square feet of countertops*||$4,800 - $6,000||$6,000 - $7,200||$7,200 - $12,000 or more|
*Includes material and professional installation
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Cost to Install Quartzite Countertops
As with all countertops, the cost of installation varies by location and the market rates for countertop installation. In our investigation, we found installation rates commonly falling between $30 and $50 per square foot.
Buying tip: If you can have your stone fabricated and installed by the same company, you will likely pay less than if you buy your stone from a home improvement store that outsources your fabrication and installation.
The difficulty of the project also impacts installation costs. When you get quotes for installation, make sure your installer understands not only the square footage of material but also the project design so you receive an accurate quote.
Quartzite countertops may not be easy on the budget, but for some, there isn't a more perfect countertop material. It's hard to find another material that can compete in both the natural beauty and durability categories.
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