Granite Countertop Cost vs. Quartz 2018: Pros & Cons

Today’s top two upscale countertop options, granite and quartz, are competitively priced with one another. Granite and quartz are quite different materials, one being a natural stone and another being an engineered composite made to resemble the natural stone.

This guide covers unique properties, pros and cons, looks, maintenance requirements, durability aspects, and pricing considerations for each option.

Cost

Granite countertops cost between $48 and $135 per square foot installed. The cost is largely based on whether you choose tiles or slabs. When going with a full-sized granite slab, its thickness, size (length and width), color pattern and degree of flawlessness or lack of imperfections will affect the overall price on a per sq. ft. basis.

Quartz countertop cost ranges from about $72 to $124 per square foot installed, and engineered stone slabs are used.

Granite Quartz
Low Cost: $48 to $80 per s.f. $72 to $94 per s.f.
Average Cost: $70 to $104 per s.f. $84 to $112 per s.f.
High Cost: $100 to $135 per s.f. $105-$124 per s.f.
Avg. Total Cost:

(64 sq. ft. of material)

$5,568 or $84/s.f. $6,272 or $96/s.f.

Did you know? A decade ago, quartz was much more expensive than granite. With higher demand came an increase in production and with it, more cost-effective manufacturing process. That’s why you’ll find outrageous prices for quartz from many pricing sites. The days of $200+ per square foot quartz are gone, but many sites haven’t updated the information in years. 😉

Cost Factors

The cost range for quartz, also known as engineered stone, is narrower than costs for granite. This is because there are fewer variables in quartz. It is a manufactured material, so quality tends to be consistent, and there are no rare colors or types.

The costs above are divided into low, average and high. The more of these factors apply to your project, the higher your cost will be on the spectrum.

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15 Amazing Bathroom Remodel Ideas, Plus Costs 2018

Updating or remodeling your bathroom can be a great investment of your home improvement dollars, especially if you plan to sell your home in the next few years.

Remodeling this small space can also enhance its functionality, enabling you to enjoy the often-forgotten area of your home to its fullest.

open space bathroom

Here are some of the top bathroom remodeling ideas updated for Summer 2018, along with their costs and the pros and cons of each remodeling upgrade.

Flooring

1. Stone tiles

modern bathroom with mosaic tiles and a bidet Stone tile creates a natural look to your bathroom while providing the durability you need in a humid area.

While tile has long been popular for this room, the look of stone creates warmth while being a good long-term investment option. Choose marble, limestone or even onyx for a unique look on your bathroom floors. Travertine is an upscale version which is stylish and long-lasting.

Pros: Beautiful, adds value to the bathroom

Cons: Can be expensive, depending on the stone you choose

Costs: Prices begin at $200 for a 100 square feet room, but can increase for more custom styles.

2. Wood floors

amazing-bathtub

Hardwood is seldom a good idea in bathrooms because of the wetness and humidity. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have the look of wood to create warmth in the space.

Engineered wood is the better option because it uses plywood as the base and real wood for the top layer. Another option is to choose a high-quality laminate that looks like wood. Most people won’t be able to tell the difference.

Pros: Popular flooring choice, adds warmth to a space

Cons: Susceptible to mold and damage if you choose the wrong kind

Costs: Higher than for tile, you can expect to pay at least $500 for real wood or $250 for laminate

3. Heated floors

bathtub surrounded by natural stones and design candles

While heated floors aren’t a new trend, they are continuing to gain popularity as they become more affordable. Radiant heat is installed under a new floor or with an existing floor, which makes taking a shower and getting dressed in cold weather a little more bearable.

Pros: Adds value to a home, you’ll enjoy the warmth all winter

Cons: May require professional installation

Costs: Around $600 to $800 for 100 square feet.

Lighting

fancy-sinks

The right lighting is essential for such a small space, especially for getting dressed and applying makeup. The latest trends in lighting focus on providing more natural lighting to brighten the room and make it more practical.

4. Multiple Vanity Lighting

Instead of using one strong light with a lot of glare over the vanity, bathrooms today incorporate multiple fixtures. One light may be placed over the mirror while two sconces are set to the sides.

Lower watt bulbs are used while the multiple fixtures provide enough light without being too harsh or glaring.

Pros: Select the amount of light you need, can save on overall lighting costs

Cons: May need to hire an electrician for installation

Costs: Starts at less than $100 to several hundreds of dollars, depending on the style and installation.

5. Ambient Lighting

accent-lights

Gone are the days when one overhead light fixture was all you needed. Modern bathrooms use light to create a soft mood. Recessed lighting over the shower ensures better illumination while sconces that point upward soften the space in other areas when you don’t need bright lights.

Pros: Enhances the functionality of the space

Cons: May require electrician for installation

Costs: Ranges from $50 for sconces to several hundreds of dollars if you have to add lighting with a professional.

6. Accent Lighting

vanity with Strip-LED-Lights-for-bathroom-accent-lighting

Not all lighting has to be practical in a bathroom. You can use soft accent lighting to create a mood or showcase a specific area.

For instance, miniature chandeliers hung over the bathtub create a sense of luxury. Use accent lighting to highlight artwork or a special mirror or cabinet just as you would in another room.

Pros: Easy to install with an electrical outlet

Cons: May require additional outlets or professional installation

Costs: Depends on how many lights you need, can start at less than $100 each.

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How Much Do Seamless Gutters Cost in 2018?

Most homeowners choose seamless gutters because of the value and home protection they provide.

Copper Seamless Gutters via Advanced Seamless

Without seams, the gutters are better looking and eliminate much of the leak threat posed by sectional gutters with multiple seams on each side of a house.

Cost

Aluminum offers the best combination of cost and durability, which makes it the most popular choice with a cost of $6.50 to $13.50 per linear foot installed including downspouts, brackets and endcaps.

Copper is the upscale choice at $20 to $30 per linear foot and often includes the maintenance cost of polishing it, unless a natural copper patina is preferred.

Coated steel is the budget choice at $5.85 to $10.15 per linear foot installed including downspouts, brackets and endcaps.

Common Seamless Gutter Project Scenarios

We’ve configured a 2,000 square foot home three different ways to show how the linear feet of seamless gutters are affected. Each hypothetical house in the examples below has an attached 2.5-car garage (approx. 22 x 26).

Home #1: 36’x56’ ranch

Home #2: 25’x40’ saltbox two-story

Home #3: Bi-level

House type Ln. ft. Aluminum Steel Copper 6″ gutters Hip roof 3×4 downspouts
Ranch 206 ft. $1,926 $1,473 $4,944 Add 12% Add 20% Add 5%
Bi-level 146 ft. $1,365 $1,044 $3,504 Add 10% Add 17% Add 5%
Two-story 132 ft. $1,234 $944 $3,168 Add 8% Add 15% Add 3%
For premium colors, add 5-10% for any home style.

Typical gutter installation project costs

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