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Types of Granite Countertop Overhangs by Kevin Smith






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Types of Granite Countertop Overhangs


 
Construction,Home Improvement
If you are getting granite countertops in Marietta, then you have a few considerations that you need to make. Besides choosing your granite, you also need to decide what type of overhang you want. There are a few different options from which to choose. Here’s a look at your options.

High Bar

The most common choice is called a high bar overhang. This is a ledge that produces a raised area on your countertop. It usually is about six inches higher. It can be used as a pass through or as a bar seating area. You can design it to the width and height you want based on your desired use. Some people simply use it as a ledge upon which to sit items, like plants or cooking items.

Peninsula Island

Another popular option is a peninsula island which is the same height as your countertops and just extends out. It generally has no countertops above it and may have some below or may be more freestanding to allow for leg room underneath. It can also be used as extra seating space or just for additional counter space.

Important Point

One thing to keep in mind with any large overhang is that it has to have special support built for it. This is because of the heavy weight of granite countertops in Marietta. They are too heavy to not have proper support. The overhang would just break right off. So, this will involve some additional work by your contractors and could add onto the overall cost of the project, so keep that in mind.

Basic Overhangs

There are also basic overhangs, which are just the small amount of countertop that extends out from the cabinets. This type of overhang doesn’t require special extra support. It doesn’t really add function to a countertop either. Its main job is to provide a more finished look to the counters. It also helps to keep crumbs and other debris from on top of the counter from getting into the drawers below, so it is functional in a way. Typically, basic overhangs are rounded. This is typically preferred because it is a safe option. If you bump into it, you won’t get stabbed by hard stone. It also allows for a smooth finish. However, you can get the overhang to be squared or slanted. It really is your choice as to how you want the finished countertop to look.

When you are getting granite countertops in Marietta, you have to make sure that you really think about what you want. Once the countertops are cut, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to make changes. In addition, you could end up having to scrap the stone and get new, which will add immensely to your costs. If you decide to add a large overhang after choosing your initial stone, you may have a very hard time finding matching stone with which to build the overhang. The problems that come along with not making decisions up front are rather huge. It can cost you time and money, so always consider your options first before even selecting your stone.

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