Why are countertop brackets so important?
If your countertop is not supported by cabinet shelves underneath it, then you need countertop
brackets. Since a countertop is typically used as a work table where weight is constantly applied, then it
needs to be strengthened.
These brackets are made of various materials and their applicability depends on what the countertop is used for
and the preference of the homeowner. You need to follow certain design requirements in order to install the right
kind of bracket for a particular countertop.
If you want the correct bracket to support your countertops, it is recommended that you consult somebody who is
knowledgeable about their installation. Of course, you can do it yourself, if you know how to do it
correctly. If not, you are better off asking the right person to install it because you might have a bigger problem
if you don’t.
You must be sure that the brackets are installed correctly so that every portion of the countertop must be
rightly aligned. This is only possible if you have the right tools like a spirit level and you know how to properly
use it. Then the brackets must be drilled into the wall and in some cases, the countertop itself. So, it goes on to
say, that if you are not really experienced about their installation, you will do yourself a favor by getting the
services of the right person.
However, it is also wise to equip yourself with the right knowledge about countertop brackets so that you can
ask the right questions to the one who will install them. Although these brackets have one general form, that of a
90 degree angular form, they can come in various artistic designs. In general, they are made of metal, some
straight and some with curves and various shapes. You can also find wooden brackets that have intricate shapes
which makes them very attractive but also more expensive.
The recommended material used for brackets to support countertops is A36 steel. If you use a weaker material,
you must compensate it by increasing the number of brackets to be used so that the countertop load is adequately
supported. The minimum thickness of the bracket must be 7 gauge or about ¼ inch. Since countertop measurements
varies widely, the recommended width of the top flange of the countertop brackets directly underneath the
countertop should not be less than 1.5 inches wide. In addition, the minimum length of the top flange should be
such that its tip should extend to about 4 inches from the edge of the countertop.
The distances between brackets are also very important in the overall strength of the support. It is recommended
that the minimum holes between each bracket’s down flanges be no less than 12 inches. A minimum of 2 holes
should be bored in each supporting flange. Some will recommend a distance of 24 inches between flanges. This maybe
right for countertops which are very seldom used and which are not required to carry heavy loads. What will
determine is how you intend to use the countertop. For heavily used countertops, additional support brackets will
ensure the most adequate support.