- Listed: April 3, 2019 12:48 am
So how do you choose the right thickness for your countertop?
Depending on each homeowner’s individual lifestyle and expectations, different types of stone would work best. While thicker stones are preferred for their dramatic but minimalist look especially for natural stone or quartz, thin countertops have several advantages that any smart homeowner should consider carefully. The biggest advantage that thin, 10-13mm countertops provide is lightness. In many applications where the slabs hang freely and unsupported, excessive weight would jeopardize the structural integrity of the piece if special load-bearing or anchoring system is not in place.Thinner slabs, such as in the range of 10-13 mm, are ideal for vertical surfaces such as the waterfall edge seen here.
Thin countertops are a lot lighter than thick slabs, which makes it possible to build special applications. The sides of a kitchen island is a good example where waterfall edges have a nice touch. Thin and light countertop slabs are also easier to cut and shape, which lends its suitability to integration work such as installation of a kitchen sink. This makes the countertop thicker without adding too much weight.
You cannot cut deep curves into thin laminated countertops without biting into the laminated core.From natural stone like granite, marble and sandstone to solid surface kitchen tops and engineered quartz stone, each type of stone has its advantages and disadvantages depending on the desired aesthetic tastes and functionality. In previous articles we’ve discussed the physical characteristics of different types of kitchen countertop stones. Today, we’ll take a look at the different thicknesses of countertops in production, their advantages and disadvantages. One of the first questions you’ll be asked by a stone supplier is the thickness you want. Gravity does nasty things to a heavy slab that’s hanging off a surface, and trying to fasten it vertically would be a technical impossibility without special support systems in place. They are also much easier to work with and handle and do not require eight people just to move a slab from the ground floor up to your place. These include vertical surfaces such as feature walls, fuller backsplashes and waterfall edges. If necessary, thin slabs can be laminated around a lightweight core material such as wood. In addition, the extra material provided by thicker countertops gives homeowners more options for kitchen top edge profiling and fashions.
Selecting The Right Countertop Thickness; Home Design Tips by marble.com
This article will focus primarily on the two most common thicknesses of natural stone countertops on the market and their suggested uses.
At this thickness, the countertop will be able to support its weight between supports (typically the cabinets beneath it) and it will also accommodate an overhang better. Laminated edges come with multiple seams and limit the edging styles that can be used, and while they may cost less initially if misused they may cost you more in future repairs. Again, strength is the key difference between the two slabs and heavier use necessitates a thicker countertop. Outside spaces function in a variety of ways and should be built to withstand anything friends and family can bring. It’s also important to remember that depending on the stone, the thickness of the slab doesn’t affect its ability to resist stains, heat or scratching, nor does it affect its appearance. A reputable contractor or supplier can walk you through the recommended uses for this edge. For example, a master bath may get a lot less traffic than the kids’ bathroom or a guest bathroom. As indicated by the above applications, a good rule of thumb is the heavier the use, the thicker the countertop.
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