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Countertop Brackets

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 ΒΌ 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.