The importance of countertop thickness

by | Jul 27, 2021 | Blog | 0 comments

Sometimes people who purchase a new kitchen countertop – be it in granite, quartz, or marble – just do not understand how important it is to make sure that the countertop thickness is the correct one.

There are three thickness choices for quartz countertops – 1 centimeter, 2 centimeters, or three centimeters. 1 centimeter is usually reserved for those on a very tight budget for those who want the look of quartz. However, granite is too fragile to be able to sustain a thickness of just 1 centimeter, and the only options that are usually available are 2 and 3 centimeters.

A 1 centimeter natural stone countertop like quartz is often used in prefabricated models and comes with a laminated edge, featuring the same material in a small strip that is glued to the underside of the slab in order to give it the appearance of double thickness.

Prefab granite countertops, therefore, have a 2 centimeter body but with a laminated edge of 4 centimeters. However, although these options may seem less expensive in the short term, these models are of lesser quality and often fragile. New build homes often choose this option as developers are going for the best appearance at the cheapest cost.

2 centimeter quartz countertops with no laminated edge are with those wanting a contemporary, modern appearance. Quartz is more robust than granite so that a thinner profile can achieve this minimalist look. However 3 centimeter countertops are usually the best option, offering greater flexibility, choice, and durability.