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HOW TO CHOOSE MY COUNTERTOPS? Part 2

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HOW TO CHOOSE MY COUNTERTOPS? Part 2

Is material the only thing to consider during your countertop journey? I am afraid, no. There are few more things to keep in mind before purchasing.

  • Thickness of the Material
  • Edge Types
  • Finish Types

 Before we begin, if you have not decided your countertop, you can visit (Part 1) for information.

Thickness of the Material

  The standard thicknesses are 1.2cm, 2cm and 3cm.

1.2cm is the thinnest option available. It might be fragile because of its thin structure. However, it is a good option for backsplashes and small kitchen countertops. To make 1,2cm countertops look more aesthetic, laminated edge can be applied and get a 3cm look. 1.2cm countertops are usually the cheapest ones. Also, you can get the result in a short time since it is easy to fabricate.

2cm is the most popular option on the market. It is an ideal option for wall cladding, backsplashes, and fireplace surrounds. On the countertops, 2cm needs some lamination touch as well to get an ideal thickness. 

3cm is the ideal thickness for quartz and granite for their durability and charm. It can be applied on tabletops, bar tops and stairs. Laminated edge is not needed; however, it can be installed to create a unique 6cm look.

Edge Types

What is Countertop edging?

Countertop edging is the process of shaping the corners of the countertops to finalize the look.

There are many edge types available that you can choose from, depending on the general design. 

Here are the most popular edge types;  

 

What is laminated edge?

Laminated edge is a profile obtained by gluing an extra piece underneath the edge of a countertop to make it look thicker. Laminated edges are often applied on slabs with 2cm thick. To install the 2cm laminated countertops, plywood decking is required for the support. 

Laminate edges can be also applied to 3cm materials which will create 6cm thick unique countertops.  

Note that: The seam can be noticeable especially if the material is natural stone.

Here are the laminated edge types; 

Finish Types

Polished is the most common finish type for countertops. It will make your countertops look more vibrant and shinier. Polished countertops are easiest surfaces to clean and maintain. 

Honed is smooth looking, matte finish type. Its matte appearance makes it easy to hide the flaws. However, it requires more sealing than polished ones. It is preferred on floorings due to its non-slippery structure. 

Leathered/Brushed is quite new on the market. Leather surfaces are created by running diamond-tipped brushes over a honed surface and add textures. Compared to honed surfaces, leathered ones are more stain-resistant and will they hide water spots and footprints.

Flamed is the rarest finish type since granite is the only natural stone can have it. They are popular for outdoor kitchens, but recently began to take part indoor kitchens as well. Flamed countertops are mostly muted in color.

Bush Hammered is created by using a bush hammer to texturize stone and provide a naturally weathered look with a slightly textured surface. This method also lightens the color of the surface. 

Caressed is created by taking the leathered finish and adding some shine to the rinsed areas of it. It will give a shiny textured look.  

For more detailed information, you can always contact countertop stores in your area.

If you are in Houston, you are welcome to BW Granite.

  

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