Breaking Down What to Expect from Quartzite Countertop Costs
Shopping for a new countertop is an exciting experience. Yet it can often be overwhelming too, simply due to the abundance of options out there when it comes to materials, colors, and more. If you are going through your first home renovation, or it has been around 15 or so years since your last home update, you will notice that retailers carry many more affordable choices than you would expect. The standout amongst them is quartzite. This hard, natural stone can be found in dozens of unique colors and patterns, and is often preferred by Abbotsford homeowners and designers who are looking to make a statement in kitchen or bathroom settings. While it has been used as countertop material for quite some time, quartzite countertop costs have gone down drastically over the past several years. That means it is the perfect time to consider it for your own project.
How Much Do Quartzite Countertops Cost?
Just like with any other natural stone, the price of the quartzite is determined by its rarity and popularity. Use our countertop estimator to get the price for your project. White quartzites that are commonly found in most stone yards are typically in the $65-85 per square foot installed price range, while some of the more exotic options can be found in various price points from $100 to over $200 per square foot. The prices and slab selection will vary significantly between slab yards and showrooms. Visiting a large stone yard will certainly increase the odds of finding the right quartzite slab for the best price.
Cost vs. Benefit of Quartzite Countertops
Many buyers see quartzite countertops as a great alternative to marble, because of the many similarities in color and veining patterns. And while marble is not a recommended material for countertop surfaces in high traffic areas, quartzite is a great natural stone substitute. Quartzite comes out as a winner in every measurable aspect versus marble in terms of durability. Quartzite is naturally very hard; therefore, it is scratch resistant. In fact, it is hard enough that we recommend using a cutting board during food preparations to avoid dulling the knife. It is also not prone to etching, which is a damage to the marble countertop sustained from contact with strong, common household acids such as citrus juices, coffee, tea or wine. But it’s important to remember that just like marble, quartzite is a porous material which needs to be sealed to minimize staining. Make sure not to confuse quartzite with quartz countertops, which are engineered and non-porous.
White quartzite with grey veining will on average cost around $110 per square foot installed, while White Carrara marble can be purchased for as low as $80 per square foot. The higher price, however, is most often a justified expense for majority of homeowners since it provides an easy to work on and maintain kitchen surface with an unparallel white natural stone look.