Hello! First post here. Thanks in advance for your help / opinon.
We purchased new granite countertops for our kitchen. Standard size base cabinets.
During the measurement phase of the process, the person from the granite company explained that we would need Flat, pieces of steel to be installed across the tops of the base cabinets and extend under the 12" granite overhang.
There are (2) overhangs on the countertop, one is a 7 foot long, 12" overhang and then the end of the last base cabinet peninsula that is 3 foot wide/long and that too overhangs 12". (I hope I explained it ok).
On the day of the installation, we were instructed to "leave them alone so they can concentrate on doing their job". We waited until they were done, and inspected the job before they left. They did not put the flat steel braces between the underneath side of the granite and the tops of the base cabinets. When I asked about it, he asked me if I wanted them? I said "why are you asking me? You're the professional that's installing them. How do I know?"
With that, he said that we would not need the braces because 2/3's of the granite top surface was supported by the base cabinets and that the steel braces are only used to stop the granit from 'flopping' over when the overhang is the same as what is held by the cabinets.
We let them go and did not get the braces, but that was 2 weeks ago and I'm growing more concerned about someone leaning on the overhand (or jumping up and sitting on it) and breaking it. It would be a dissaster!
Any thoughts on this? The granite thickness is 3 cm - so it is almost an inch and a quarter thick.
Should we be worried, or is it fine the way it is?