Can Quartz Countertops Be Removed and Reused?

Quartz countertops are a popular choice for kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects due to their durability, aesthetic appeal, and wide range of colors and patterns. However, one question that often comes up is whether quartz countertops can be removed and reused if you later want to remodel or update your space. The answer is yes, quartz countertops can be removed and reused, but there are some important factors to consider.

How Are Quartz Countertops Installed?

To understand how quartz countertops can be removed, it helps to first understand how they are installed. Quartz countertops are made of ground quartz aggregate held together by a resin binder. Slabs are cut to size and secured to the cabinet base with adhesive and sometimes mechanical fasteners.

The adhesive used is often a construction-grade adhesive like liquid nails. It forms a strong bond between the underside of the quartz slab and the cabinet base. Mechanical fasteners like screws or brackets may also be used around the perimeter and seams for additional support.

Can You Remove Quartz Countertops Without Damaging Them?

With the proper care and technique, quartz countertops can be removed without damage. Here are some tips for safe removal:

  • Use a pry bar and hammer to gently free the countertop from the cabinet base. Take care not to crack or chip the quartz.
  • If mechanical fasteners were used, unscrew them first before prying up the slabs.
  • Go slowly and apply even pressure as you pry the countertop loose. Avoid torquing or twisting the slab.
  • Use a heat gun or hair dryer to gently warm the adhesive, which makes it easier to detach.
  • Once freed, lift the slabs vertically to avoid cracking them.
  • Use a plastic scraper or putty knife to remove any excess adhesive from the back of the slab and cabinets. Avoid metal scrapers that could scratch.

With patience and care, it is possible to detach quartz countertops in whole pieces without damage. But accidents can still happen, so there is some risk involved. Hiring a professional installer to remove the countertops can help minimize that risk.

How to Reinstall Removed Quartz Countertops

To reinstall removed quartz countertops:

  • Thoroughly clean the back of the slabs and the surface of the cabinets. Remove any old adhesive residue.
  • Apply new adhesive uniformly across the back of the quartz slab and cabinets. Follow adhesive specifications.
  • Carefully lift and place the countertops back into position. Apply even pressure. Use shims to keep countertop level and aligned until adhesive dries.
  • Use C-clamps around the perimeter to hold the countertop in place while new adhesive dries.
  • Reinstall any mechanical fasteners and seal seams as needed.

Quartz countertops can usually be re-adhered successfully as long as the original removal was done properly and no cracks or chips occurred. Let new adhesive fully cure for 24-48 hours before use.

Considerations Before Removing and Reusing Quartz

There are a few things to keep in mind if you plan to remove and reuse your existing quartz countertops:

  • The sink and cooktop – These will need to be detached and reinstalled in the quartz. This often damages the quartz around sink and cooktop cutouts. These sections may need replacing.
  • Seams may be compromised – Seams between slabs may get damaged during removal. Realigned seams probably won’t look perfect. Expect to use extra adhesive/caulk.
  • Imperfections – Existing scratches, chips or cracks will still be present when reusing a countertop. Refinishing can help improve appearance.
  • Color match – If you have an older countertop, color match to new quartz slabs could be difficult if your color is discontinued.
  • Cost savings – Consider the time and hassle involved. Hiring help is advisable, reducing potential savings.
  • New countertop options – New quartz patterns and colors are always coming out. Weigh reuse against getting something fresh and new.

While quartz can be reused, these factors help determine if it’s the right choice versus a brand new countertop. Get professional input to decide what works best for your kitchen or bath.

FAQ About Reusing Quartz Countertops

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about reusing quartz countertops:

Can you reuse quartz countertops after 10 years?

Quartz can potentially be reused after 10 years if properly removed and reinstalled. However, adhesive may be weaker after that long, seams more compromised, and colors more likely discontinued. You take more of gamble trying to reuse quartz after that many years.

Is it cheaper to reuse or replace quartz?

Often it is cheaper to reuse quartz since you avoid purchase costs. But removing/reinstalling does cost money, so savings depend on factors like professional fees and any repairs needed. Weigh all costs.

Can you change color when reusing quartz?

It is not possible to change the color of your existing quartz when reusing it. You would need to purchase new quartz slabs in the color desired. Refinishing products can alter sheen but not an overall color.

Does reused quartz look bad?

Reused quartz will not necessarily look bad, but it may show some signs of wear like scratches and compromised seams. Refinishing and extra adhesive/caulk can help minimize the appearance of wear around seams and edges.

Can any contractor reuse quartz?

It’s advisable to hire an experienced fabricator/installer who’s worked specifically with reusing quartz. Don’t assume any contractor can do this properly. See examples of past reused quartz projects if possible.


Removing and reusing quartz countertops is possible with specialized care, patience, and skill. While reused quartz lacks the perfection of brand new installs, it can still provide an updated look at a fraction of the price. Weigh factors like time, cost, and your color/pattern needs. And consider whether it’s best to reuse your existing quartz or invest in fresh new countertop slabs during your next kitchen or bath renovation. Consult a professional to decide if reused quartz is right for your next project.