How Thick are Quartz Countertops?
You may be asking yourself this question if you’re considering installing new quartz countertops within your home or business. Throughout this guide, we’re happy to discuss the various levels of thickness quartz countertops arrive in. We hope you’ll find this guide informative and to the point. Should you have any questions about quartz countertops, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be sure to answer any and all questions you may have. Read on to explore the world of quartz and how it will work within your home’s kitchen or bathrooms.
Do You Need Plywood Under Your Quartz Countertops?
The answer to this question is “yes” and “no”. It truly depends on whether or not you need to have an added layer of protection to ensure your quartz countertops do not crack while being used. The thinner the quartz, the more likely you’ll need the extra layer of plywood underneath to best prevent any type of crack or damage occurring over time.
Various Types of Quartz Thickness
There are three commonly used levels of thickness within quartz production. Below are some of what we see most often here at Emerald Granite Works.
This style of quartz is most commonly used for quartz applied to walls in kitchens (i.e.: backsplashes). The reason for this is the fact it is usually too thin for direct countertop application. This thin style of quartz can save money, as it’s utilizing less of the overall product; yet you’ll never want to use this thin of quartz on an actual countertop, as it will most likely crack under pressure.
This thickness of quartz isn’t seen as often as the 1.3cm or the 3cm quartz, as it’s too much of an “in-between” style of quartz. Yes, it may be more affordable to go with this level of thickness, yet we’d recommend using it for a less supportive style of application; a backsplash, a bathroom sink splash, etc… If you do decide to use this level of thickness for your quartz countertops, you’ll most likely have to use plywood underneath to ensure it has extra support.
This level of thickness within quartz countertops is our preferred level, as it provides the support without the need for plywood. With there being no need for plywood, it also does not require laminate edges as it can support itself on its own.
How to Choose the Right Thickness for Your Quartz Countertops
Here at Emerald Granite Works, we’d recommend 3cm quartz countertops. The reason behind this is we want our customers to have the best product quality and customer service available. If you end up going with a lesser thickness, you may end up having to replace your quartz countertops later on. This could be a costly choice and one we wouldn’t recommend. Choosing the 3cm option for your quartz countertops will provide the right level of support you need to enjoy your quartz countertops for many years to come.
How Much of a Difference Does 1cm Really Make?
It really does make a considerable difference! It may not seem to be much of a difference in terms of measurement, yet it certainly helps to distribute the weight and pressure when placing objects on the quartz countertop itself. Again, we’d recommend choosing a 3cm thick quartz countertop as this will be the best choice for long-lasting, quality-focused, quartz countertops.
Do You Need Support for a 3cm Quartz Countertop?
It really depends if you happen to have the 3cm quartz countertop placed over areas where there may be extra support required. A good example of this is the area in your kitchen where the dishwasher is located. You’ll want to discuss with our team the areas which we believe will require plywood support. From there, we’ll be able to properly assess which areas in your home do in fact require plywood support and which areas do not require plywood support.
Contact Us for Help with Your Quartz Countertop Installation
If you’d like to explore how we can help with your quartz countertop installation in Austin, Texas, and surrounding areas; be sure to contact us directly at: 512-588-4459. If you’d like to send us a message regarding your project, click the button below. We’ll be sure to respond to your inquiry within one business day. We’re also open on Saturdays. We look forward to hearing from you soon and can’t wait to begin our next project with your quartz countertop installation!