When you're talking about premium countertops, quartz is one of the materials that is ranked up there with the best. Although it's a fairly modern material, quartz has proven that it can match up to granite and, in some cases, even surpass it.
However, one of the things that should be considered is that without proper installation, even the best countertop materials won't make a difference. If you're going all out on some quartz countertops, the best way to ensure you get your money's worth is to have them correctly installed.
Measure as Many Times as Necessary
When installing a premium countertop, take time to measure as many times as is necessary before you make any cuts on the material. When you're dealing with materials like quartz, there is no going back once you've made a cut where it's not supposed to be. You could end up damaging material worth thousands of dollars by making simple measurement mistakes. Consider things like where the sink will fit in and whether or not you'll install a backsplash as well.
Use a Level
It's important for your countertop to be as level as possible. When your countertop isn't level, it may be subjected to uneven stress which can lead to cracks or breaking. Ensure that the surface or structure on which the countertop is being installed is level at the beginning. Once you're through with the installation, you should also ensure that final countertop is also level.
Use the Right Cutting Tools
As mentioned earlier, cutting quartz can be a risky affair. One wrong cut can damage a very expensive piece of the countertop. Although poor measurements are frequently the reason behind poorly cut quartz, many people also damage the material by using the wrong cutting tools. It's important to use cutting tools that will make it easy to get clean, straight cuts. This will reduce the possibility of cuts straying from the marked lines or damaging too much material around the cuts.
Use Supports If Necessary
Depending on where the countertop is being installed, there may not be a structure to provide the required level of support. A countertop that's not properly supported could be unevenly stressed or could damage the structure or cabinets underneath it. If there is an open space underneath your countertop, e.g. where washers are to be placed, ensure that there are supports available to take the countertop's weight.