We are so excited to announce that Aria Stone Gallery will now be stocking a 1cm natural stone slab in all Aria locations. This collection includes both marble and granite.
With the poly-carbon backing, this material is not only beautiful but extremely durable. The poly-carbon backing also allows for easy fabrication and installation. It is considered a flex stone, which allows the stone a little bit of flexibility and keeps it from being to fragile.
With the rising interest in modern, simple design a 1cm product is a perfect accoutrement. 1cm natural stone is also a wonderful asset for design that has to work around weight restriction, for example: wall applications, high-rise elevators restrictions, airplanes or yachts. Continue reading below for different applications and design ideas.
Why Thin Material Is On The Rise?
Materials have been evolving to meet the growing demands of a savvy modern market, inspired by European aesthetics, and thin countertops are beginning to make their mark. With changing demographics and some US homes downsizing, a 1⁄2” thick natural stone countertop can make a smaller kitchen appear larger.
But aside from the aesthetics of the new 1cm thin stone, as a fabricator and installer, you will also appreciate the physical benefits the material has to offer for various applications:
- Floating Counters
- Integrated Counters
- Fuller Backsplash
- Feature Walls
These physical benefits provide fabricators and installers more flexibility and creativity in the execution of their work. The lighter stone allows for installations in urban areas where freight elevators and stairs are often encountered, reducing fatigue in handling and avoiding potential damage to the tops or surrounding space. Built up edges can be achieved to give the stone a thicker appearance, with reduced weight, compared to 2cm or 3cm stone. The material cuts and fabricates like other natural stone and no special tools or equipment are required to finish and install the product.
Here are 4 examples of the applications and designs you can now achieve when using thin stone slabs for your next project:
Kitchen by Denver Kitchen & Bath Designers Exquisite Kitchen Design
Floating counters use thin slabs to sit on a smaller substrate which raises the countertop off the cabinet creating a shadowed reveal around the perimeter and providing a lighter appearance. Cantilevering a countertop from a wall with no cabinet underneath for support is another type of floating counter where this lighter stone finds great use, to reduce the weight and stress on the framework that holds the top.
Spaces by South East Interior Designers & Decorators bulthaup by Kitchen Architecture
Integrated counters sit flat atop the cabinetry and the overhangs are kept flush with the doors, drawers and panels. The resulting look is more like a finished “skin” that is integrated and part of the cabinet itself, as opposed to being a separate element, and some tops occasionally may even need to be inset into the cabinetry.
Contemporary Kitchen by Stafford Kitchen & Bath Designers Natural Stone Gallery
Some designers are eliminating upper cabinets and opting for full backsplashes in the same stone to extend to the ceiling line or to go around cabinets and behind range hoods. Previously, as a fabricator it was a very difficult installation with 2cm and 3cm material, especially between walls and behind faucets or other obstacles. Now it can be done with greater ease due to the reduced weight.
Contemporary Bathroom by Dallas Design-Build Firms Platinum Series by Mark Molthan
Where tile is often used to highlight a wall in a design, you can now use full-sized, ultra-thin stone for the installation. Used for interior or exterior applications, it creates a large, uninterrupted expanse with no grout joints. It is especially useful in wet areas like showers and baths to achieve a full coverage on the wall in one step. The material is easily handled and no special, load-bearing, engineered wall is required
Written by Jordan Turner