How Much It May Cost To Install HanStone Quartz Countertops In Your Home

When doing a kitchen remodel, you are probably investing a lot of time in understanding your options for countertops. What you may learn is that there are more than a dozen types of countertops you should know about before you decide which to install. One option that is drawing the attention of homeowners is the scratch-resistant quartz countertop, which delivers a great mixture of durability and aesthetics. One popular selection in this area of the market is HanStone, which is a brand of countertop that consists of natural quartz, allowing it to work well inside a kitchen environment where it will encounter all kinds of foods and liquids. Because of its non-porous surface, it doesn't require sealing, yet can resist the formation of mildew, germs, and bacteria.

The benefits of the HanStone brand of quartz countertops certainly make it well worth considering. However, you will pay a little more to install HanStone versus the cost of adding quartz countertops with some other brand names. The cost of having a pro install your HanStone slab averages about $90 per square foot, which is slightly higher than the average cost of other quartz slabs, which have an average installation cost ranging from about $60 to $100 per square foot. At the top, some quartz slabs can cost as much as $200 per square foot, where HanStone typically tops out at about $130 per square foot.

What items affect the price of HanStone quartz countertop?

With the HanStone brand, the estimated cost for the fabrication and installation process for the quartz countertop is 70% of the total cost of the project with the actual material accounting for about 30% of the total. For comparison, when you can hire a general contractor to do the installation with a different type of countertop material that does not require fabrication, installation can be as low as about 20% of the total cost of the project.

You do have some options for reducing the costs of the material in the HanStone countertop. One option is to select a thinner measurement in the slab. HanStone offers both 2 cm and 3 cm slabs(about 13/16 and about 1 3/16 inches, respectively). The thicker slab is going to cost roughly 30% more. If you want to give the impression that you used a thicker, more expensive slab, you could ask the fabricator to create a thicker measurement around the perimeter edges. (This may not be possible with certain slabs.)

When inspecting slabs you can choose from at the HanStone dealer, you will notice some differences in the vein patterns and colors among the pieces. You also will notice differences in price. Generally, more complex and finer patterns will drive up the cost of the slab. White has a higher cost than darker colors, too. Save some money by picking a simple-patterned, dark-colored countertop.

Are there ways to save some money when installing HanStone countertops?

If you are looking to save some money for your HanStone quartz countertops, unfortunately, you don't have a lot of options when it comes to installation. Although you do have the option of installing some materials yourself, such as installing your own laminate countertop or granite countertop, this is not an option with the HanStone brand of quartz. To receive the benefit of the limited lifetime warranty available to the original owner, you must allow a trained and certified installer to do the job. In other words, HanStone must approve of the installer, meaning you cannot do it yourself. You also must use HanStone-approved fabricators to cut the countertop slab to size and to make the proper cutouts for the sink or cooktop if you want to maintain your lifetime warranty. You can't have someone else cut the slab for you.

Your best chance to save money on a HanStone quartz countertop is almost entirely related to the slab that you select. If the area where you want to install the countertop requires connecting two or more slabs together with a resin seam, your cost will increase. Additionally, if you want to add a backsplash that matches the HanStone countertop you selected, it will cost more than going with cheaper material for the backsplash, like repurposed tiles, plywood, or wallpaper.