Thickness and weight of a solid surface countertop
Solid surface countertops come in a wide range of thicknesses and weights. Much of a solid surface countertops durability and lifespan depends on the thickness and weight, so take extra care in making your decision. There are three standard thicknesses available: quarter-inch, half-inch, and three-fourths of an inch. Of course, as the thickness of a solid surface countertop increases, the weight will also increase.|
Quarter-inch solid surfaces are not thick enough to handle typical countertop contents, so they are recommended for vertical applications only. That means they are best placed in a vertical position rather than as the countertop itself. Quarter-inch solid surfaces make great and economical backsplashes and front guards. Remember to avoid cleaning quarter-inch surfaces by sanding or scrubbing, as they thin out easily and you may rub through the entire surface.
Half- inch countertops
Half-inch solid surfaces are durable enough to support most kitchen items, including sinks and small ovens. They are also light and easy to install, and can be sanded and buffed without thinning them out too much. Half-inch solid surfaces are best for small to medium sized home kitchens.
Three-fourths inch countertops
Three-fourths inch countertops are the most durable type available. They can support heavy kitchen as well as withstand the heat they generate during operation. Of course, they may be heavy and hard to install. You may need the help of a builder or professional, or have it installed for you. Remember to choose thick, tough materials for the substrate, such as solid wood. Avoid plywood substrates because the heavy countertop can cause them to crack.
Solid surfaces are relatively lighter compared to other materials such as granite or marble. However, this does not mean that these materials are already very light. Solid surface is a dense type of plastic, making them heavier than normal pieces of plastic.
Lighter pieces of solid surface are ideal for the walls or surface area of your countertop. They are easy to install and transport. You can also use light solid surfaces for the main surface area of the countertop, but they may not be too reliable as heavier pieces of solid surface.
On the other hand, heavier pieces should be limited to either the surface are or flooring to prevent the adhesives from giving into the weight of the object. One of the main advantages of getting a heavy piece of solid surface is that they are more durable and less likely to crack. However, you should be sure that the foundations of your countertop will be able to support the weight of the material. Be sure to consult your contractor regarding ideal applications for solid surfaces with various weights.
Before you choose how heavy or how thick your solid surface countertop should be, it is best to consult a professional to help you determine the best possible thickness and weight for your solid surface countertop.