- Listed: March 5, 2019 7:33 am
Most factory-made kitchen cabinets will support both concrete or granite without a problem. Verdicrete countertop can be overhung about 24” without support. They may occur on oversized tops or at large angled corners. Various reinforcements are used including structural steel, wire mesh, fiberglass, and/or fibers. Verdicrete countertop weighs approximately 12 lbs per square foot and is 33% lighter than stone.Larger overhangs can be achieved using invisible structural supports that are built into the tops.
Most concrete construction is done in one piece unless prohibited by access to the job site or transportation concerns.
Construction 101: Kitchen Countertop Options by chicagohome.donatellibuilders.com
Whether it’s you prepping food or the kids doing their homework, your kitchen countertops are in use constantly.
We don’t deal with laminates because they are not very popular with our clients, though they are an inexpensive option for those on a tight budget. Neither standard nor high-definition laminates are very suitable for a kitchen because they cannot handle heat.
Countertops | Duration 5 Minutes 7 Seconds
I would classify laminates at an “entry-level” price point, perhaps attractive to those who flip inexpensive homes as a side job. Solid surface countertops are non-porous, low-maintenance and have invisible seams. Engineered quartz is less expensive than natural quartz, and the color combinations are extensive. In addition to being durable and consistent (“what you see is what you get”), quartz provides that “smooth” contemporary look with marble-like detailing that people love to see on their kitchen countertops. When looking for quartz, be less focused on brand and more focused on how the product is made and what qualities it has. As a rough benchmark, it’s almost in the same ballpark as natural stone. Not only is natural stone well, all-natural, it’s also 100% heat-resistant and can be custom cut and shaped into anything you desire with any type of edge detail. Be careful of marbles because they are softer and stain easier. It has a great look, but will darken over time and needs to be polished regularly with mineral oil. With tile, you need an expert tile setter to measure and install each tile. Someone needs to watch over this entire process carefully – that’s the responsibility of your general contractor.
My best advice is to talk to the manufacturer or fabricator at length about their process before you purchase their product or hire them. A final word: when it comes to kitchen countertops, bigger fabricators/installers are not necessarily better at what they do. If you’re in the market, my recommendation to you is to work with smaller, hands-on, boutique-type firms who have the ability to fully explain their measuring techniques and fabrication and installation process and back it up by the quality of their product and work. The most popular (and least expensive) option at the time was laminate countertops. Today’s wood laminates have branched off into two broad groupings: standard and high-definition. In my opinion, wood laminates are a better choice for a bar area or for people who are extremely price-sensitive. The quartz manufactured in a lab is comprised of fragments of natural stones and resins that undergo a chemical process which compresses them to the point where the materials will take on the form of a slab. In fact, many of the homes we’ve remodeled feature quartz countertops. The pricing structure varies, usually starting in the upper-mid to upper-end range, depending on its provenance (engineered vs mined) and its color group. The only downside is that all-natural stones need to be maintained with stone sealers, so they require more work. Because natural stone is soft, it tends to mark up pretty easily; some of our clients do not like this drawback. They have some of the same benefits as stone (sturdy and heat-resistant). In addition to how the products are made, they need to be fabricated and installed correctly.
In other words, get to a comfort level so you can feel confident with your choices. Often times they still make a lot of mistakes and lack quality control.
Stainless Steel Construction Details by brookscustom.com
Square, bull-nosed, angled-back, and marine (no drip) edges are very popular. They are equal in height to the front edge thickness and sit right on cabinets without any blocking or shims. While stainless steel can sometimes be considered a “cold” material, pairing it with an end grain chopping block, or an edge grain countertop will help to increase the warmth of the room. The color of our stainless steel will match most appliances and hoods you may already have. For very large tops – a mechanical, interlocked, silicone sealed, field joint is provided. A chic and contemporary surface, stainless steel is commonly used in professional kitchens due to its reputation as a low-maintenance material.
How To Build A Laminate Counter by thisoldhouse.com
Cut the plywood backsplash pieces down to size using a circular saw and straightedge guide. Press the backsplashes tight against the wall, then scribe a cut line along the top of the plywood counter. Use a block plane to trim the build-up strips flush with the counter edges. Spray aerosol contact cement onto the back surfaces of the edge-laminate strips and along the edges of the countertop. Use a belt sander to sand the edge laminate strips flush with the top and bottom of the counter. Repeat the previous five steps to cover the backsplashes with laminate. Use a paint roller to apply contact cement to the top of the counter and to the back side of the countertop laminate. Check to be sure laminate overhangs the counter on all edges and ends, then start pulling out the wood dowels. Use the trim router to cut away the excess laminate from around the edges of the counter, and from the sink cutout. Fasten the backsplash to the rear of the counter using 2-inch screws. Lift the front edge of the counter and apply silicone adhesive to the tops of the cabinets. C fir plywood, used to make substrate for counter and backsplash 2. Aerosol contact cement, used to adhere edge laminate 6. Assorted drywall screws, for assembling the counter and attaching the backsplash 8. Set the ⅝-inch plywood countertop substrate into place on top of the cabinets. Slip the backsplashes between the rear edge of the counter and the wall. Use a circular saw and straightedge guide to cut the counter down to size; be sure to allow for a 1-inch overhang along the front of the counter, and ¼ inch at the ends. Lay plastic laminate sheet on top of counter and make a rough cut with a laminate router. Cut 1-inch-wide strips for covering the edges of the backsplash. Trace around the sink template and cut the sink hole in the counter using a jigsaw.Apply a bead of silicone adhesive to the rear edges of the counter. Run a bead of silicone adhesive around the sink cutout, then drop the sink down onto the counter. Plastic laminate, used to cover plywood substrate 3. Paint roller, short-nap paint-roller sleeve, used to apply contact cement 5. Silicone adhesive, for securing sink to counter, and counter to cabinets 7.
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- Videos – Countertop Construction Detail | By Keith Dmytryck, josef bullocks, Leggari Products, slowhome, G.G Construction, Magma Design Group. Inc
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