What’s The Right Countertop Thickness?
At Marble.com, we’re the world leader in the fabrication and installation of natural stone.
One of the most common questions customers ask us is, “how thick the stone should be for their project?”
All of our stones, whether it is Tan Brown, Peregrine C, or Giallo Napoleone, arrive to our yards in large slabs at 3cm, or one and a quarter inch thick, but a width of 2cm, or three-quarter inch, is available too. While 3cm stone countertops are thicker than 2cm countertops it does not necessarily mean they are superior – both have specific advantages. With proper care and maintenance, either thickness can work well. Let’s talk about the differences of 2cm and 3cm stone to help you determine which stone is best for you.
While you can most certainly use a 2cm stone for your kitchen or bathroom counter, we do not recommend it. Since the 3cm stone is thicker than a 2cm stone, it is going to naturally be stronger, so it would work best for areas that see high traffic. Especially for something like limestone vanity tops or a marble counter, which are rather soft materials. The 2cm thickness allows for the same beautiful aesthetic as the 3cm, but for a slightly cheaper cost and less weight. This is perfect for those who like to rearrange their space often, or would like to spruce up their décor without breaking the bank.
One of the ways that Marble.com separates itself from other installers of natural stones like Classic White quartzite and Butterfly Green is our dedication to providing a reliable and robust product. There are some distributors who offer a 2cm stone, with a manufactured edge, which gives the illusion of a 3cm stone.
This is called a mitered edge.
However, this edge requires multiple seams, and limits the style of edge profiles you can choose from. Although this option may seem cheaper, it is substantially weaker than a 3cm stone, which may result in costing you more money in replacements and repairs down the road.
Another less durable method that many other countertop companies use is a laminate countertop, which consists of a very thin stone wrapped around a piece of wood. This method is much weaker than a solid slab of natural stone and restricts what you are able to do stylistically.
For more decorative uses of natural stone, such as fireplace surrounds, coffee tables, shelves, and frames – a 2cm stone can be perfect. The 2cm thickness allows for the same beautiful aesthetic as the 3cm, but for a slightly cheaper cost and less weight. This is perfect for those who like to rearrange their space often, or would like to spruce up their décor without breaking the bank.
Let’s review instances where a 3cm thick stone would best suit your project:
And a 2cm stone would best suit:
-Decorative Cutting Boards
In addition, here at Marble.com, we also offer a custom-made 6cm marble or granite countertop, also known as a laminated stone, for those who are interested in a bold aesthetic for their home or business. A 6cm granite countertop can be used for any project, however, check with a sales associate to see if it fits into your budget.
As you’ve seen, no matter which thickness of natural stone you decide to use for your project, rest assured you will be getting a timeless and durable piece of art from Marble.com. Natural stone countertops will endure the test of time and drastically increase the equity of your home. At Marble.com we have over 2000 natural stones, such as Astoria granite, Bianco Antico, and Viscont White for you to choose from. So what are you waiting for? Come in and browse through our stone yards today.
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