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Granite Countertop Thickness: 1cm, 2cm or 3cm?

Posted by Nelson Wong on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 @ 04:50 PM

For many years, 2cm Granite and quartz was the “go to” thickness for counter tops.  Many times, especially in kitchens, the edge is laminated to a 4cm edge. This size edge is perfect for framed cabinets since that thickness edge can cover the gap between the top of the cabinet and the cabinet door.  Even as cabinets became frameless, 4cm edging is still popular.

 

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But what about people on the cutting edge? What thickness of counter tops are they interested in?  For the last few years, thick counter tops with 6cm – 20cm mitred edges was popular. On islands, the thick edge and material would also go down the side of the cabinets to the floor to create a thick side panel. This gave the counter top a thick and substantial look.  This is still very popular in North America.

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In Europe the emerging trend is to go with super skinny counter tops – 1 cm thickness material. This look is sleek and modern.  It goes along with the whole integrated kitchen/home idea that is so popular right now.  Appliances are built to be hidden from plain view or its appearance as muted as possible. Likewise, counter tops are becoming more subtle in terms of material thickness.  Latitude currently has various 1CM Silestone and Caesarstone materials in stock and acrylics such as Corian and Staron come in 1CM  only (traditionally, Corian and Staron edges are built up to that thicker looking edge).  It is a new look that is making its way into modern designs.

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I love the clean look of the thin counter top, but whether or not I would decide to go with that or another look would depend on the overall look of the house.  The styles in the home would have to work together.  Thinner counter tops would look better in smaller kitchens to make the space seem bigger and as you can tell from the picture above, will look good in a larger space as well. Thick, 4cm – 6cm” counter tops may make a small kitchen feel more closed in.

- Nelson Wong

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Make Latitude your one stop shop.

Posted by Brett McLennan on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 @ 02:10 PM

“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”

- Warren Buffet

These days more than ever, most customers are looking for value when they buy. Today’s consumers lead busy lives and are often looking for added value that will save them time, along with a quality product that lasts, something you won't get by buying the cheapest product.

At Latitude, we pride ourselves on our cutting edge fabrication techniques and our customer service. We know that most customers not only want to work with someone they trust and who does quality work, but is also there for them post sale should any issues arise. This is the reason why a lot of our work is featured on the home shows that are filmed around the GTA.

If you have a rennovation coming up, make sure you stop by for your countertops, sinks, faucets, and more. Don't forget, Latitude offers financing at competitive rates that can be paid off at any point in time without penality.

Notice the Latitude difference,

Brett

Topics: Granite, Countertops, rennovation, value

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