Finding the Right Thickness for Your Countertop

Thin White CountertopAs you narrow down your choice for that classic granite countertop, it’s time to consider the thickness of your new surfaces. There are several factors to consider when choosing the thickness of your new countertops. Keep reading to learn more.

Standard vs. Custom Sizes

For the most part, countertop thickness will range between a half an inch to an inch and a half. The most popular sizes for stone countertops are three-quarters and one and a quarter inches. However, depending on the manufacturer, you can customize your countertop in a variety of different sizes depending on your personal preference.

Keep in mind that custom sizes may be more expensive than traditional sizes. You might also pay more per square foot for stone surfaces with greater thickness. When you increase the thickness of your surface, you also increase the overall weight of the countertop. Heavier surfaces need extra bracing to support the added weight. This means you may have to upgrade your cabinets or install additional support beams in your existing cabinets to compensate for the new, heavier stone. This can potentially increase the total costs of your remodeling project, so keep that in mind when choosing a thickness.

The Modern Movement

In the last few years, the minimalist movement in home decor has inspired several new styles of kitchen design. As the name implies, features in the minimalist kitchen are functional but bold. Countertops are usually white or black granite or marble with a squared profile, a simple yet dramatic contrast to the bevels profiles of the brown and green Mediterranean countertops. The minimalist countertop is usually thicker than a traditional countertop. The blockiness of the surface adds to the modern look and works seamlessly with handleless cabinets and drawers.

For standalone bar tops and workstations, a waterfall effect is achieved when a vertical stone slab is butted against the edge of your countertop like the stone edge of a waterfall. It creates a ninety-degree angle that showcases the stone’s natural beauty on a vertical canvas. A waterfall counter becomes a floating counter when it’s only supported by conjoined slabs with no cabinetry beneath. Although beautiful, these countertops are usually more expensive because of the engineering that goes into their creation.   

Profiling Options

Waterfall CounterWhen you select a countertop thickness, you must also consider the type of profile you want. If you’re going for the modern minimalist look, opt for squared edges that are slightly rounded. It’s more difficult to do a beveled or bullnose edge on a thick surface, and most contractors will encourage you to choose a thinner stone if you want a more detailed edge. If you have small children in the house, many interior designers will recommend a lighter countertop with a rounded or bullnose profile for safety purposes. As elegant as the minimalist square edge is, it’s not something you want to run into in the middle of the night on your way through the kitchen.

When you’re ready to pick out the color and thickness of your new surfaces, contact Legacy Granite Countertops, your local granite countertop contractors in Sandy Springs, GA.