One of the important factors you need to consider when it comes to choosing granite countertops is the thickness. This is because it can affect the pricing, performance and installation method of the slab. Each thickness has its own application as well, which is why it pays to know the differences as you plan your project.
1- or 1.2-Centimeter Countertops
This is the thinnest option for granite countertops. They usually come with a laminated edge to make them look thick. In reality, no fabricator would suggest one-centimeter countertops because they are fragile. They need support on the base to keep them structurally sound. They are more practical in large-scale constructions like hotels to cut costs.
2- and 3-centimeter Countertops
Two-centimeter granite countertops are a great option if you won’t put them under frequent stress. You can add plywood supports on top of the cabinets, but you would still need a laminated edge to hide it.
On the other hand, three-centimeter granite countertops can be installed directly above the cabinets. They don’t require plywood support to prevent breakage.
There’s a 20% to 40% difference in the cost between two- and three-centimeter countertops, but, if you have the budget, we recommend the latter.
Thicker Than 3-Centimeter Countertops
If budget is not a problem, you can opt for six-centimeter granite countertops. They can make a grand statement in your kitchen. You can also consider having your actual sink carved into the slab for a sleeker look. Keep in mind, though, that there are other ways to achieve this effect. A neat seam work and mitered edge could create the illusion of thicker countertops without the hefty weight.
Granite Works is your one-stop shop for cheap granite countertops. When unsure of your choices, we can help you pick the right countertop thickness to fit your needs Contact us at (301) 712-9486 for more information about our products and services. We serve Washington, DC, as well as surrounding communities in Maryland.