Granite slabs are an all-time favourite for stonework in GTA
homes, but no two slabs are created equal. Granite slabs have a wide array of
differences between them, and buyers must be aware of how to choose the perfect
slab before investing. A key difference when buying granite slabs is the thickness
of the stone itself, as two standard thicknesses are available for purchase:
2cm and 3cm. Sometimes, additional thicknesses are available but are not
standardized and require special installation processes that are unique to the
contractor. These thicknesses are created when the stone is sanded down.
2cm Thin Granite
The thinner granite option measures at a 2cm thickness and is the preferred
stone for many contracting jobs. General flooring and bathroom counters are two
of the most common uses for this width. 2cm granite slabs are less expensive
than the thicker slab option; however, they require more work when being
installed. When installing the thinner granite option, 2cm slabs will go
through a process called "lamination.” Lamination in this situation is when a
thicker strand of granite, typically 4cm, is attached to the slab when it is
installed. This extra thread will be the part of the stone that sits on the
underside of the cabinets – mainly for stability, as these slabs are lighter
and more delicate than the thicker option. Lamination also adds extra visual
appeal, as it makes the stone look thicker and more expensive.
Depending on the location where the granite will be
installed, an additional board will be placed underneath the stone. This board reinforces
the strength and stability of the stone, but may come at an additional cost.
Countertops and flooring will assuredly need this board, as strength is key to
3cm Thick Granite.
This option is a universal 3cm throughout the slab. These slabs tend to be
slightly higher in value, however, they come with multiple benefits. Thick
granite is the preferred choice in areas of the home that are heavily-used.
Kitchen countertops are often fashioned from 3cm granite, as the width can
better endure wear and tear from children standing on counters to hot frying
pans being placed directly onto the stone.
is certainly stronger than 2cm stone, so there is no need for the lamination
process; this will avoid the need for additional labour costs. Similarly, the
thicker stone is less fragile, so the fear of it chipping or cracking is much
less severe. In general, 3cm granite is all around a more dependable thickness
When buying granite slabs for your GTA home, it is important to consider where
the granite is going. If the area in question is low-traffic, thin granite may
be the most economical choice. However, if it will be installed into a busy
area, the slightly more expensive, thicker granite may pay off in the long run.