Granite is a common material used in kitchen countertops and it is much more expensive than some countertop materials as it is very durable. Granite countertops are also a bit more pricey due to their dense composition and weight. If you are curious how much granite weighs, keep reading for some common weight measurements for granite.
Types of granite countertops and thickness
The way that granite is formed in the earth causes the material to be composed of many different color patterns. Granite is mined and cut into large slabs by manufacturers. These slabs are cut into different sizes and thicknesses. A typical slab of granite will be cut into a piece measuring 4 to 5 feet in width and 7 to 9 feet in length. These pieces are also usually cut with a thickness of either ¾ of an inch or 1 ¼ inch.
Common weight measurements of granite
Granite is commonly measured in weight by square feet. Considering that granite countertops are cut into different thicknesses they both have different masses and weights per square foot. Granite that is cut into a thickness of ¾” is about 13lbs per square foot, where granite cut at 1 ¼” thickness is about 18lbs per square foot.
How big is the average granite countertop slab
An average size granite slab that might go into your kitchen can weigh anywhere between 700 and 1200 lbs. You can have your granite countertops sized however large your space is needed, but the larger it is the heavier it will be. If the granite slab is too heavy for your cabinets to support, additional structural support may be implemented into your cabinetry. Kitchen island countertops for example can be anywhere from 5 to 10 feet in length.
How are granite countertops moved?
Since granite countertops are so heavy, it is hard to imagine how they are transported into your kitchen. When moving granite, it is important that the stone is carried in a vertical position so that it will not crack or break under its own weight. Smaller pieces of granite can be carried by 2 to 4 people, whereas larger slabs can be rolled on small carts. If slabs are too large for entry into a home, they are sometimes sectioned into pieces and united at the time of installation.
Kitchen Express Granite Installation
At kitchen express, we can install your granite countertops for you. We will make sure that your granite countertops are the color and size that you specify. We have been remodeling kitchen spaces for a very long time, and we will make sure that your new countertops look just the way you imagined them.