Another Look at Seams

Feb 23rd, 2009 | By Bangor Laminates | Category: Countertops

When ordering new countertops, many people ask, “Will I need seams?”

Usually, the answer is yes.  The next questions are where and how many? This will be determined by several factors — the layout of the jobsite, the layout of the cabinets, the size of the raw material used to make the tops and the safety of everyone who handles the tops.

Keep in mind that excellent seams are the mark of the skilled professionals who templated, fabricated and installed your countertops.  You may actually find yourself pointing them out because they look so good.

That being said, we like to minimize the visibility of seams too.  Here are some strategies you can employ during the design stages to lessen and hide the visibility of seams.

Solid Surfaces

Seams will be nearly invisible with most colors of solid surface.  Inconspicuous seams are one of the most appealing aspects of this material. Be advised that there are some colors and patterns that feature long or irregular veining patterns.  If you decide to use one of these colors, make sure you understand that these seams will be more visible than with more traditional  “speckled” solid surface colors.

Quartz Surfaces

Next to solid surface, quartz surfaces typically hide seams better than other countertop materials. Because the slabs are man-made, they have a precise thickness and consistent patterning. Note that standard slab sizes vary by manufacturer.  If one company’s slabs are too small to make your tops in one piece, you may be able to find a similar color in a larger slab from a different quartz manufacturer.

Natural Stone

It’s important to understand that slab sizes vary greatly with each color and shipment of natural stone.  Common stones such as Uba Tuba or Absolute Black typically come in very large slabs.  Rare and exotic stones however, may not be available in these larger slabs.

Comments are closed.