Should I get 20mm or 30mm Quartz Worktops?
This isn’t just a question of personal choice. Your kitchen design might dictate what thickness you require. For example if you have a breakfast bar or island with overhangs, we would almost certainly recommend 30mm for structural security. It not only ensures the worktop itself is stronger but it also assists with the balance and load on your kitchen furniture.
What about appliances?
So why else might you choose 30mm over 20mm? Well you might find the hob you have chosen has a certain depth and if this is too much for a 20mm worktop you may not be able to open a drawer below! In this case 30mm will be necessary.
We have had recent experience with the increase in demand for Induction Hobs, these are generally thicker as they contain the induction coils below, this means you will have to check with the manufacturer on the thickness. To be safe we would go for 30mm, especially if you are looking to fit your oven in below the hob – again check with the manufacturer.
What looks better?
30mm undoubtedly looks more aesthetically pleasing than 20mm, they look chunkier and more expensive, which with a Quartz worktop you want it to look expensive and durable – it will last a lifetime.
If you have a large radius or edge profile the 30mm worktop comes down in thickness on the edge anyway, so in this case 30mm is going to be recommended. With 20mm worktops we recommend sticking to low-profile edges.
What is the price difference?
Of course, more material = a higher price. There isn’t much we can do about this but we are sure you won’t be disappointed with your new worktops. We do get a lot of customer’s who like the look of the 20mm and so benefit from the saving on cost. There are 15mm Quartz products popping up on the market, but with the nature of the product we wouldn’t recommend this thickness if you want your worktops to last.
What about my upstands, splashbacks and windowsills?
We give you the choice here, you can save on material and cost by having your upstands, splashbacks and windowsills produced from the same 20mm or 30mm material as your worktops. If its a 20mm worktop in 99% of cases you would have these other areas produced in 20mm, if you have a 30mm worktop you could have these areas produced in either 20mm or 30mm.
What about Granite?
I’ve heard that Granite worktops should always be in 30mm? We recommend 30mm for Granite as due to its 100% natural construction any areas where there are cutouts for hobs or sinks will weaken the section if in 20mm.
We hope this article has been useful to you. If you have any further questions please give one of our friendly advisors a call on 01992 535059