“How much is your Quartz or Granite countertop a square foot?”
is the most common question everybody asks. You can no more give a complete and reliable price of quartz or granite based on square feet than you can buy a custom tailor-made suit based on square inches.
A tailor must measure your body in order to fashion a suit that makes you look and feel incredible. To give you an accurate price on a countertop, it is essential that the supplier come to your home, assess the design of the kitchen and help you select the right product.
Just as there is a considerable difference in the fabric used in making a suit, so is there a significant qualitative difference in the granite or quartz that you choose for making a countertop. Any one colour of granite will have a wide range in cost. A low quality granite slab has low density, hidden fissures and cracks and colour flaws. An installer is just happy to get out of the house without the countertop breaking before he gets paid. A high quality granite slab has greater density, hardness, durability and beauty that will withstand the rigours of everyday culinary work for many years.
The lower price point demanded by big box stores and low end stone countertop fabricators, is met by manufacturers producing cheaper grades of quartz slabs using inferior raw materials, lower quality control standards and a production process that is reduced to half a day. This leads to a countertop whose lower resilience can lead to staining, scratching and cracking.
It comes down to value for money and that price is reflective of quality and warrantee. Elite manufacturers of quartz slabs, to ensure top quality control standards, will take three days to complete the manufacturing process using the highest grade of quartz, the latest and most advanced technological equipment available. This will result in more aesthetically pleasing colour designs and a very high resistance to staining, scratching, and cracking.
A supplier whose main goal is to take the proper time using the best materials available backed by a direct-to-you from the slab manufacturer warrantee ensures you will have a perfect kitchen countertop. A competent countertop supplier should have an extensive background in design. They will come directly to your home, bringing edge profiles and a large selection of colour samples including 12” x 12”s in the top selling colours. By educating you on the qualitative differences of various quartz manufacturers, including templating, fabrication, and installation process you will be able to confidently select the best material for your countertop. After the selection and design process is completed, measurements of the cabinetry are taken. Only then, can a complete and accurate price of the installed countertop, including taxes be calculated.
Lewis Lanza is a professional in the area of countertop design. He has represented two of the major quartz manufactures over the past decade and consulted for many independent retailers. He is respected within the industry for his knowledge and experience in kitchen and bath design.