1. LEARN THE BASICS
Before you can decide on the thickness of your countertop, you first need to be aware of what countertop materials and their corresponding thickness are available. Countertop thickness is typically measured in centimeters.
Granite, marble, and quartz are the most common countertop materials. There are industry standards for their thickness.
Granite – 3 cm
Marble- 2 cm and 3 cm
Quartz – 2cm and 3 cm
You can make your countertop look thicker than it actually is by building up the edge.
2. CONSIDER THE SPACE
Each countertop thickness comes with its own application. The thickness of the countertop is dependent on how you are going to use it. It is, therefore, important to take into consideration the space as well as the activities that will be done on the countertop as well as the objects that will be placed on it.
Thicker countertops are ideal for kitchens. It is the space in your home where a thick countertop is required because of the many activities that goes on.
The bathroom can use thinner countertops because less time is spent and less activities are done in the bathroom.
The recommended thickness for kitchen countertops is 3 cm. it is more durable and will be able to withstand more wear and tear.
The bathroom countertop can do well with a 2cm thickness as it will not be experiencing as much wear and tear as a kitchen countertop.
3. CONSIDER YOUR BUDGET
The final cost of a countertop is dependent on the material (marble, granite, quartz, etc.), its size (width and length) and its thickness. The shape of the countertop as well as the amount of edging required will also affect the final coat of your countertop.
It is a no brainer, that the thicker the slab, the higher the cost of the material. There is usually a 20% to 40% difference in the cost of materials between a 2cm and 3cm slab.
4. CONSIDER YOUR AREA
Kitchen countertops often become an important selling point because the kitchen is the heart of any home. Many times, the resale value of your home increases when you have a kitchen countertop preferred by homebuyers in terms of material and thickness. Most fabricators, architects, and designers prefer countertops to be 3 cm thick because it offers the most durability, color options, and flexibility in size. More importantly, it can be installed directly on top of the cabinets without plywood support.
The choice of countertop thickness, however, is also dependent on what is commonly used in a specific area. In the west coast for instance, most homeowners have 2 cm thick countertops. In most areas, though, most homeowners still prefer a countertop that is 3 cm thick.
5. TAKE A LOOK AT THE STYLE
The thickness of every countertop material affects its appearance and function. The difference between a 2 cm and 3 cm countertop affects their durability, edging, heaviness, price, and style.
A 2 cm countertop weighs less and is best for vertical applications because it is most likely to be prone to damage. However, when used as kitchen or bathroom countertops, its slimmer profile adds to its contemporary look.
A 3 cm countertop can withstand heavier loads; thus, it is a better option for spaces that will see heavier use. However, since it is heavier, you should make sure that your cabinets, as well as foundation and flooring can withstand the added weight.
It is, therefore, important that the thickness of the countertop blends well with the type of look you want to achieve.
6. EDGE STYLE
The edge style of your countertop can impact its function, safety, and ease of cleaning. After deciding on the material and color of your countertop, the edge style is the finishing touch to a perfect countertop design.
Most edge styles work well with 2 cm and 3 cm thick countertops. The more ornate and dramatic options, though, are only feasible for countertops that are 3 cm thick. The thickness of the countertop affects the final look of the edge,
7. CONSIDER THE BULK
If you are not installing a backsplash, you need to focus more on the appearance of thickness or bulk of the countertop.
A 3cm thick countertop will be higher and will consume more wall space. This is a good option if you need to conceal a flaw on the wall. A 2 cm countertop, on the other hand, is ideal when installed below a windowsill or shelf.