Use granite countertop support brackets when overhanging stone counters.  Considering that granite, marble, and limestone can have overhangs weighing hundreds of pounds, and considering how brittle granite countertops can be, you need brackets to support graniteWhy quartz countertops do not need these brackets.

Granite supports can be either functional, decorative, or both depending on your granite countertop installation.  And unlike laminate countertops that do not require supports, natural stone countertops require some thought and understanding of why and how they will be used.  It's best to let an expert such as your granite fabricator determine the need.

Check out Legacy Brackets to see several choices for countertop support brackets and for how to support granite countertops.
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Granite Countertop Support Brackets
Many builders and designers use decorative brackets to support the weight of granite tops and offset the downward pressure from people pushing or leaning on a cantilevered top. These brackets can be a real pain since you tend to hit your legs on them.  They may look rather unattractive too.

An alternative to decorative granite supports is to place a piece of flat 1/8 inch thick plate steel screwed and bolted to the top of the wall.  You can place holes in the plate for screws.  For stone tops, use silicone to adhere the counter top to the plate.  The steel plate will also protect the stone from cracking.
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If your intention is to use corbels as a means of support underneath a countertop, the depth of the corbel you choose must be at least 1/2 the depth of the overhang which it will support . . . Read More
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Kansas Select

Wonderful ornamental countertop support brackets to support and accent your stone shelf, counter, countertop, bench or bar.  These countertop brackets give a great look and great support to your breakfast bar. . . Kansas Select
Fantasy Steel

Handcrafted in east Tennessee, not bought from wholesalers at two dollars a piece.  1/4 inch steel, not breakable cast iron, these brackets are not made like soup cans, cookie sheets, or trash can lids . . .   Read More
Rachiele Brackets

Wrought iron countertop support brackets for granite, solid surface, or laminate.  Several styles and sizes to choose from and strong enough for the heaviest countertop or shelf . . .   More USA Home Support Brackets.
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Unlike any other supports . . . See Countertop Brackets Online

You need solid support for stone tops.  Here's a selection of handmade, wrought iron and steel brackets made throughout the US.  Each is designed to support the weight of stone counters, but styled to compliment your kitchen . . . Read More
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Corbels for Granite Countertops in Cincinnati

Your source in Cincinnati, Ohio for support brackets for granite countertops.  Strong enough for granite tops, hand made, stylish  . . .   Read More
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