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Choosing the best granite thickness: two centimeters vs. three

Looking for a new, fresh countertop?

Picking the right material, color, and design gives your kitchen or bathroom an instant facelift. When it comes to choosing the right thickness for those granite countertops, however? Not quite as exciting!

It is often not a priority decision but choosing the right slab thickness is vital as it affects every aspect of the installation and long-term reliability of your new counters. Let us explain how to pick the perfect thickness for your granite countertops—and why it’s so important.

 

The Basics

Traditionally, granite countertops are available in two options: two centimeters and three centimeters-thick.

And while a centimeter difference may not seem like much, everything from the installation, short-term price, long-term value, and overall strength are impacted by this one decision.

Here’s what you need to know:

 

Strength

We’ve all done it: leaned against the kitchen counter while reading a recipe or propped our child on the edge to tie his shoe.

Kitchens are the busiest rooms in our home, and our counters should be up to the challenge.

But the truth is, a two-centimeter granite slab can’t handle as much pressure (eek!) as its thicker counterpart. This is especially true around narrow cuts such as in front of a sink. While three-centimeter counters are strong enough to support their own weight when being installed, two-centimeter slabs have to be installed on top of plywood decking to boost its strength and resistance. When scrutinized the plywood is in fact visible from underneath the top. Your guests are unlikely to notice it but you will. Just reaching underneath your two-centimeter laminated top you will be able to feel the plywood support as opposed to polished stone.

Meanwhile, three-centimeter countertops can withstand an overhang of up to a foot, which makes for an ideal, casual eating area.

 

Price

The more material you use, the higher the cost, right? Well, with granite countertops, this isn’t entirely true.

Sure, three-centimeter slabs are technically more expensive than two-centimeter slabs…if you’re only paying for the material alone; however, the installation is simpler, the fabrication costs remain the same, and handling requires a less strenuous attention—as two-centimeter slabs are more delicate.

So, what does this mean? At Primera, the cost of 3cm slabs are about the same as 2cm slabs.

 

Long-Term Value

Three-centimeter granite countertops are, ultimately, more valuable in the long-term. The material is stronger and has a sleeker aesthetic, as the profile can be fabricated with more detail.

That’s not to say two-centimeter slabs can’t be fabricated; in fact, they often are. But this is only made possible with the process of lamination, another point off the two-centimeter slab’s value.

Here’s why:

 

Two-Centimeter Slabs and Lamination

Laminate treatments are used frequently on two-centimeter granite countertops. This process involves applying a thin strip of the same material under the entire border of the countertop (think of it like a small, upside-down fence).

Lamination essentially makes the countertops look thicker, but the seam between the strip and the counter is noticeable—and the countertop is no stronger because of it.

 

Here’s the Deal

At Primera, we think it’s a bit silly to charge more for three-centimeter granite countertops when the installation, handling, and final result is easier, more efficient, and truly gorgeous.

We’ve seen a pattern:

Two-centimeter slabs tend to be more popular. But the slab requires the edge to be laminated, a labor-intensive process—not to mention the seam is visible. The three-centimeter slab, however, requires no lamination and can be completed faster.

Overall, three-centimeter granite countertops simply offer a much cleaner, more contemporary look while proving to be stronger and offer better value as they cost about the same.

So, are you ready for your new granite countertop? Reach out and we’ll give you the look you’ll love and the strength you need, within your budget and on time.

Contact Primera today.

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How your granite countertops come to life: check out our granite fabrication process! phoenix, arizona

The average interior design company is going to outsource their granite fabrication process.  One of the powerful elements of Primera Interiors (and just another reason why we are the complete one-stop shop) is that we have our own fabrication shop.

As your most trusted contracting and design company in Phoenix, we ensure that every step of our granite fabrication process is of the highest quality and that the best product is being created.  We know what it takes to bring the highest quality granite countertops into your home or business. Your company can only benefit from our quick and seamless process where zero errors and ensured quality is a must.

While the granite fabrication process involves highly technical skilled labor and complicated machinery, Primera Interiors are professionals at the process.    Here are some of the steps that we take in our fabrication process in order to bring the beautiful granite to life!

How Your Phoenix Granite Countertops Are Made

The process of taking a raw piece of natural granite, having quality machines cut it to precise measurements and having professionals to round and polish the edges takes an average of six hours at Primera.  In our fabrication center all of the stresses of cutting and polishing the stone are completed in house.  Primera ensures that your granite is finalized before reaching the site of your home, business or project meaning that the only work being done on the project site is the installation and assembly of the countertops—lowering the risk of damage to the granite and saving time and money.

At Primera Interiors, we put a strong emphasis on both quality and efficiency, where our staff of highly skilled and qualified professionals expects only the best products along each step of the granite fabrication process. As both a contracting and design company, we work with your business to produce durable, long-lasting, and also original products. From our wide variety of granite colors to our assortment of edge shapes and designs, we help to create the most useful and most beautiful granite countertops to fit the needs and preferences of any style and taste.

The granite countertops that will enter your homes and businesses will catch the eye of everyone who walks past. For our low and competitive prices, you receive guaranteed quality in both product and service. Your granite is processed by only the most efficient and advanced machinery and technology, and is finalized and installed by the hands of only the most trusted and talented of professionals. When it comes to your home and business, Primera Interiors is here to promise only the best we have to offer at the most competitive prices, as well as to answer any questions you may have along the way.

 

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Countertops dilemma

Are you stuck between a rock and a hard place; more specifically, between granite and engineered stone?  Choosing a countertop isn’t as easy as flipping a coin, or is it?  Engineered stone is a composite of material made of crushed stone bound together by polymer resin.  It is commonly referred to as quartz, but engineered stone can be made up of other materials, including granite, marble, and semi-precious stones.  Natural granite on the other hand, is mined straight from the Earth and cut into slabs.  While granite countertops have been a famous choice for years, engineered stone is on the rise and rightfully so.

Engineered countertops give your kitchen or bath the look and functionality of stone without the maintenance.  You never have to seal engineered stone and because it is a non-porous material, it decreases the spread of bacteria.  It is a man-made product so you will have consistency in color and design and seams tend to be less visible than granite if properly installed.  You will also have a better chance of matching the pattern in the event you need a replacement piece.  Engineered countertops can give your kitchen a contemporary feel without overshadowing your backsplash or cabinetry.

Since granite is a natural product, you will find more movement or variance in each slab.  Just like a snowflake, no two pieces of granite are ever the same. For many, this is the allure of granite. With this variance, however, you may also find some flaws and fissures which could potentially weaken the granite.  But time and time again granite has proven to be durable and continues to be the best return on investment.  What can I say?  Granite is granite.  It is a timeless beauty.

Since price, durability, and functionality are neck and neck, your decision will most likely come down to personal preference.  Heads or tails? Are you a timeless beauty or contemporary classic?

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