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What should I be thinking about (apart from the look) in considering the thickness of the kitchen countertop? I'm looking at Caesarstone, and it comes in 1/2", 3/4", or 1-1/4". Advice? Experience? I think I prefer the skinnier look. Thanks.
Don't go twice as thick
. We installed 2.5" thick Caesarstone with a laminate edging (which is alot more expensive) and ended up not liking it. Rather than making our kitchen seem light and airy, the thickness made everything look so bulky. Thank goodness our contractors messed up twice installing it and they removed it on their own dime. We started all over with granite and are much happier.
Make sure you read up on Caesarstone as I know from experience it really isn't as they advertise it. It does scratch, it does stain, and many have noted that the finish has lost it's luster after months of use.
Also, 1 1/4 is standard stock. Anything smaller is special order and will take longer to get.
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I saw a 3" Caesarstone edge in a showroom and I totally and completely loved it so I think it really depends on the person's own personal taste. I personally would not use granite but that doesn't mean it isn't the bee's knees to someone else. Corny phrasing I know.
If you do go with the thicker look that is called a laminated edging. Be very careful who you choose to fabricate it. Very few companies know how to do this right. Most will "stack" it which is basically sandwiching two pieces together to give it the appearance that it is thick. This creates a large seam down the middle. The correct way to do this is to "mitre" the two pieces together which basically joins them together at the corner like a picture frame. This is the proper and clean way to do it as seen on the Caesarstone website.
You need to specify it is done this way, but need to find a company willing to do it.
Also, because it is thicker, wood will be placed under them and they will be raised higher than standard. As a result you will have to set the cabinets lower than average to make up for the difference to get a standard countertop height.
I sell residential real estate, including my own rehab'd homes, and I can tell you that you will defintely hurt your resale value if you go with anything less than 3cm or 1 1/4" thick. Buyers know that it is cheaper to go thinner and will start discounting your list price when the see that.
I personally like Caesarstone and Cambria because they sell a 3cm thick slab that does not require lamination (versus something like Silestone). Lamination is OK *if* it is done well but it's something I avoid unless I want an edge profile thicker than 3cm. Another nice feature of Caesarstone is that they can actually bend it (I've seen it used for a waterfall effect coming from a bar, down as a backsplash, and then to the countertop--no lamination, no seams).
Your post says "other than appearence". If you are only asking about structural integrety use what ever thickness you need to get the appearence your want. The product warranty will cover any thickness installed by aproved installers.
They will use a subsurface to build up the thickness. There are several choices they may use to get the visible edge look you want. Ask to see examples before you choose the edge you want.
Don't listen to non-professionals who tell you that it is the best or the worst product on the market. Check with installers who do all types of product, check Consumer Reports and don't forget to check with your insurance agent.
II personally like Caesarstone and Cambria because they sell a 3cm thick slab that does not require lamination (versus something like Silestone). Lamination is OK *if* it is done well but it's something I avoid unless I want an edge profile thicker than 3cm.
That is not correct. Silestone comes in 2 and 3cm thick slabs without lamination. I have 3cm Silestone counters (~1 1/4"), I did think the 2cm slabs looked too thin for my kitchen.