What is Waterfall Countertop?
Conventional countertops consist of a slab resting atop base cabinets or an island. While this can undoubtedly be gorgeous in its own right, a waterfall countertop edge creates a more dramatic look. With this design, the countertop has vertically-extending sides that reach to the floor.
The picture below shows how the countertop material flows beyond the top surface and down to the floor. This design element creates a stunning countertop that enhances a modern kitchen design.
What Materials Can You Use for Waterfall Countertops?
A waterfall countertop edge's unique profile means carefully choosing a surface material. You want the countertop to look made from one continuous material. It is challenging to make it continue with a waterfall countertop island made from wood, marble, granite, or any other natural veining material. Mismatched veining will ruin the cascading waterfall effect.
Because of this, most designers now use quartz countertops to create the waterfall look. Our experts at Raviva Company combine the natural beauty of white countertops or black countertops with resins and pigments to produce a versatile material. We can flawlessly match veining or exclude it to create a waterfall countertop island that looks like one cohesive material. Beyond installation, quartz countertop benefits make engineered stone a much more practical solution. While waterfall granite countertops are porous and expensive, quartz requires no maintenance.
It can be expensive.
A marble, quartz, or granite slab is typically priced between $30 and $120 per square foot. And that doesn't include installation (which can tack on another $20 to $40 per square foot)—not to mention the $1,000 to $2,000 fabrication fee, which covers the cost of a fabricator using a computer numerical control laser cutter to miter the edges so that they fit together seamlessly. A waterfall countertop will likely increase the countertop installation by about $1500.
Choosing a reputable countertop store is critical.
When selecting a countertop store, you must consider their experience level and type of stone-cutting technology. Here at Raviva Company, we use an automatic 2021 machine that cuts perfectly a miter edge.
Measurements should be left to the professionals.
Measuring your own space can spell disaster for your waterfall countertop. Even the slightest miscalculation can cause the seams not to fit perfectly, causing you to dish out even more.
Waterfall Countertop Pros and Cons
A waterfall countertop edge is stunningly beautiful. It can be the centerpiece of any modern or contemporary kitchen.
Base cabinets made from wood can scratch very easily. Belt buckles, utensils, and chairs all pose risks. Quartz, on the other hand, is a very resilient material. You're unlikely to scratch a waterfall countertop made from quartz.
A good waterfall countertop is going to cost you. There's no way around it. You'll, of course, spend more on materials for a waterfall countertop island. But you'll also pay as much as $2,000 for the CNC fabrication.
Doesn't Work with Every Theme
As jaw-dropping as waterfall countertops are, they only sometimes work with some kitchen design themes. They're primarily suited to modern and contemporary kitchen designs and may look out of place in a traditional space.