Where should countertop seams be?

Updated: Nov 15

There's no better choice than stone countertops when adding luxury and beauty to your kitchen. Raviva Company offers unique qualities and characteristics that appeal to almost any homeowner.

Countertops offer a wide variety of practical benefits as well. First, stone countertops are solid and durable. In addition, Countertops can bring a wealth of visual drama to your interior design thanks to intense depth and dimension, not to mention incredibly dynamic and eye-catching patterns.

Of course, choosing a countertop slab that's right for your application is just the first step. Next, you must consider logistical concerns, like how the fabricator will cut it to fit your countertop space. If you have a large or oddly-shaped countertop, this could mean cutting and placing multiple pieces, which can leave you with seams that break up the flow of the surface. While this is a common practice with countertop fabrication, knowing more about seam placement can help you maximize the beauty of your stone.

How can you determine the best placement for granite countertop seams to minimize the visual impact? Here are four considerations you need to know.

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Seams should be minimal.

Again, the quality of your kitchen design team matters. Here at Raviva Company, our fabricators do all they can to prevent seams whenever possible - and this is the standard for reputable fabricators in the industry. If seams are necessary, fabricators hide them as much as possible. Ultimately, all our reputations hinge on the final product and client satisfaction, so we're compelled to minimize seams too!

Slab Sizes

You should know that countertops are cut into reasonably standard slab sizes when quarried. Generally speaking, slabs are roughly 45 square feet, with dimensions of about nine to ten feet in length and five to six feet in width.

If you're covering a kitchen island or a small kitchen countertop surface, you might be able to get the job done with one slab and, therefore, no seams. However, many kitchen layouts require your slab to be cut and pieced.

Avoid the Sink and Under Countertop Appliances

The natural place to hide a seam is on the edge of the sink. While seasoned installers may find ways to make it work, the truth is that the sink is an unsupported area, which makes it a weak spot.

Seams should always be placed six or more inches from a sink cutout. When you add a break in the countertop that can further compromise the structure's integrity, you risk problems like the seam separating later. Don't forget, the sink also gets a lot of use and abuse, with heavy dishes and pots thrown in the mix.

The sink may provide helpful visual camouflage for a seam in your countertop, but there are better situations than this one from a practical standpoint. You should also avoid placement above under-countertop appliances like a dishwasher, which would leave the weak seam unsupported (and put your device at risk of damage if things went south).

The Best Seam Placement

The best place to situate a seam is somewhere it will get the least attention, so you'll want to look for natural breaks. That is easy if you divide your countertop surface by appliances (stove, fridge, etc.), but what if you have a long, unbroken stretch, especially one that connects to a peninsula?

Ideally, it would be best to place seams in well-supported areas, such as over a spot where two cabinet-side walls meet. Often, seams are placed in corners, where less traffic and food prep occur.

With careful measurements, thoughtful slab choice, calculated placement, and skilled fabricators, you have the best chance to camouflage seams and create the appearance of an unbroken, elongated granite surface. In addition, you can hide seams by matching slab patterns as closely as possible and mixing pigments to make the epoxy invisible. Darker colors and intense patterns can also help to hide seams, so choose your countertop wisely.

If you need help choosing the perfect countertop slab for your kitchen upgrade, contact the qualified professionals at Raviva Company to request a free consultation today. Otherwise, you can visit our conveniently located showrooms in Gaithersburg, MD.

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