Do We Need Support Brackets for Quartz Counter Overhangs?

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gold DRE #00697006

One of the things about remodeling a house is realizing contractors are limited by their experiences. They don't know everything. Especially general contractors. Every single one of them has a different opinion. Usually, the goal seems to be to pay their workers as little as possible and get the job done as quickly as they can. GCs are unlike real estate agents because Realtors care if their clients come back to them. I suspect witih some contractors, it's a one job thing.

We are installing quartz counters in our house in Hawaii. You will not believe the number of counter top installers I talked with to figure out how to handle the overhang on our counters. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Do Quartz Counter Overhangs Require Support?

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Elizabeth Weintraub is co-partner of Weintraub & Wallace Team of Top Producing Realtors, an author, home buying expert at The Balance, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown, Carmichael and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put our combined 80 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at RE/MAX Gold. DRE License # 00697006.

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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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We are going to be doing this soon. Timely topic, and I'm grateful you posted about it. Our overhang will be about 15", so we will defintely need supports. 

Dec 12, 2018 10:57 AM #1
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Nina Hollander
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Hi Elizabeth... with a 5 foot counter, I'd rather be safe than sorry. I have some great contractors here who would give you a good answer!

Dec 12, 2018 11:59 AM #2
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD To bury the brackets, this is what I did:

Dec 12, 2018 03:34 PM #3
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I think your decision to be safe rather than sorry was a good one, Elizabeth.  

Dec 13, 2018 12:49 AM #4
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Joan Cox
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Elizabeth, I definitely had supports with my previous house for the quartz counters.   Don't want to take a chance.   They were not very noticeable, as they were more in the center, not on the ends.

Dec 13, 2018 07:55 AM #5
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD The countertop installers had never heard of these support braces. I had to find a place to buy them and pick them up.

Dec 13, 2018 09:09 AM #6
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Myrl Jeffcoat While there are times I don't mind being sorry if I'm wrong, this is not one of them.

Dec 13, 2018 09:10 AM #7
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Hi Elizabeth- after reading this I'd have to say that you've done this a time or two!!!!!

Dec 13, 2018 04:35 PM #8
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Francine Viola
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I can see the conflict in the responses just here.  I have been told that Quartz countertops do not need supports but granite does needs supports.

Dec 13, 2018 07:04 PM #9
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Francine Viola That is preposterous. Here is from Sciencing.com:

granite weighs in at 19 pounds per square foot. Because its density is about the same, a foot-square slab of quartz of the same thickness will have the same weight.

Dec 13, 2018 08:10 PM #10
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You certainly did your due diligence in ferreting out an answer that left you with peace of mind, and worked aesthetically.

Dec 15, 2018 10:11 AM #11
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