As the leading granite countertop supplier in Spokane, we notice that more of our residential and commercial customers are in line with a global trend, and asking us to install thinner granite surfaces.
For decades, the traditional thickness for granite countertops has been on the opulent side, 2 to 3cm (0.75 to 1.25 inches). But in recent years the trend has been heading towards slimmer granite countertops Spokane, whose residents want a more elegant look, with thicknesses going down to a chic and ultra-thin 1cm (0.4inches).
Thinner & Stronger
The thinnest granite countertops in our Spokane showroom are 1cm (0.4inch). These are backed with a tough layer of carbon-fiber composite which gives them a flex strength that is the same as a 3cm-thick granite slab, while being only a third of the weight.
Sleek, Trendy Looks
Traditional granite countertops found in traditional homes, restaurants, club-houses and hotels tend to feature larger thicknesses of granite. By contrast, thinner designs give a sleek, minimalist look. The result is a décor which has a sophisticated, urban appeal. This works for modern homes as well as trendy bars and nightclubs, plus Spokane’s cooler coffee shops, restaurants and hotels.
Thinner granite countertops create the impression of more space. This works well for our customers with smaller kitchens, apartments and public premises in Spokane, where granite countertops on the thinner side are a good look.
The cost of a thinner granite countertop is lower because there is less material. Also, because less material is more lightweight, the transportation and handling costs to our granite countertop customers in and around Spokane are lower too. This price benefit of course plays well with customers with smaller properties.
Thinner sheets of granite enable you to do more with the material, like creating boxed-in features to cover a multitude of irregularities in the building structure. You can also be more ambitious when cladding vertical spaces like countertop splashbacks. Even whole walls right up to the ceiling can be cladded with ultra-thin granite, because it is cheaper and lighter plus being easier to move around and install.
We have created some interesting visual effects when installing granite countertops in the Spokane area by combining ultra-thin and extra-thick slabs. For example, a 1cm-thick granite countertop, combined with a smaller but thicker 12cm-thick granite slice as an upper ‘island’ countertop makes a striking kitchen centerpiece.
Hand in hand with slim granite countertops, some of our Spokane clients for granite countertops are asking for ‘floating’ designs. These can be suspended or mounted on brackets, which gives a floating visual effect. People can sit around these more easily as they allow more leg space underneath instead of having fitted cupboards that are flush with the edge of the granite countertop.
Geographic Areas We Cover
Based in Spokane, our granite countertop installers cover a fifty-mile radius, including Deer Park and Spokane Valley. If you are in Indiana, we also cover these locations: Coeur D’ Alene, Hayden, Post Falls, Rathdrum and Sandpoint, where we have installed many granite countertops for residential and commercial premises.
Slimline Granite Experts
If you are interested in learning more about the thickness variations for granite countertops, and how these can work for your project, come to our Spokane showroom for a free consultation and to view samples. We look forward to meeting you.