FAQs

General Questions:

Single-level countertop installations:

Two-level countertop installations (upper bars):

General Questions:


Where can I buy InnoTops products?


The I-Brace can be purchased from the Braxton-Bragg website or by calling them at 1-800-575-4401. We chose to work exclusively with Braxton-Bragg because we’ve been a happy and loyal customer of theirs for many years and believe in their “better, faster, cheaper” approach.

When should I use an InnoTops support brace?


Concrete or natural stone countertops that have an overhang greater than 6”, require additional supports, as the material can break under its own weight. Both single-level and two-level countertops need additional support to ensure safety and durability. The type of brace you need depends on the installation you are performing.

Use this online calculator to determine the right type and the number of InnoTops support braces you need. (COMING SOON!)

How many InnoTops braces does my job require?


Each job is different, but we recommend at least 2 support braces per installation. We also recommend at least 24” between each brace and that braces are at least 12” from both ends of the stone.

Use this online calculator of how to choose the right type and number of InnoTops support braces. (COMING SOON!)

Where are your products manufactured and what are they made out of?


All of our InnoTops braces are American-made, manufactured in Tennessee. Our manufacturer has a long history of producing heavy-duty industrial equipment. They use high-quality American A36 hot-rolled steel. Each brace is powder coated to prevent rusting and to make the braces aesthetically pleasing and smooth to the touch.

How do InnoTops support braces compare to corbels?


The triangular design of corbels is very strong, second only to the dome (given that all materials used are equal). However, the design of most corbels makes it difficult to install them properly, which compromises the support they provide. The InnoTops support braces are designed to provide support by sitting flush with the stone, attaching to 2×4 structures, and using cantilever balance. This design is more than adequate for the applications outlined throughout our site.

Click here to read more about the disadvantages of using corbels.

You can also review support statistics for all InnoTops products by clicking here. (COMING SOON!)

 

Single-level countertop installations:

Which InnoTops support brace should I use for my single-level countertop overhang?


We recommend the I-Brace 13 and I-Brace 20. The UpperBrace and L-Brace are both designed for two-level countertops (upper bars).

Use this online calculator to determine the right type and the number of InnoTops support braces you need. (COMING SOON!)


How long should it take to install an I-Brace?


Both I-Brace designs should take less than 5 minutes per brace to install. This time can be reduced with the right power tools and practice. You can find installation directions here.


What is the difference between the I-Brace 13 and I-Brace 20?


Both I-Braces are designed for single-level countertops with overhangs. The primary difference is the length of the brace, and thus, the length of the overhang each brace supports. Most installations require the I-Brace 13, since the most common countertop overhang is 15”. The I-Brace 20 is needed for the larger 22” overhangs. Larger overhangs require more support braces. Both braces should have at least 24” of space between centers, and we recommend using 16” centers for longer overhangs.

Use this online calculator of how to choose the right type and number of InnoTops support braces. (COMING SOON!)


Why are the screw holes staggered in the new I-Brace?


Our engineers recommended staggering the screw holes to reduce the possibility of breaking the 2×4’s wood grain. Although this is not a major concern, we felt that the improvement was worth the change.


Can I use I-Braces on my freestanding island?


We do not recommend it. Most cabinets are strong enough to support the weight of the stone, but if the cabinets are not attached to the ground and there are overhangs, the island is significantly more likely to tip over. As always, use professional judgment when making a decision regarding any installation.


What is the best way to attach a 2×4 to the back of the cabinet panel?


When attaching the 2×4, the goal is to make the panel stronger without anything showing from the front. There are multiple ways to attach a 2×4 to the back side of the cabinet panel.

1. 2″ Screws: When attaching screws from the back, you must make sure that the screws do not piece the outside of the front panel. Check to see if your screws are too long before screwing them in. We suggest attaching the 2×4 to the side panels instead of the front panels for this reason.

2. Nail Gun: If you choose to use a nail gun, there is very little damage to the cabinet and holes can easily be filled/plugged.

Two-level countertop installations (upper bars):


Which InnoTops support brace should I use for my two-level countertop (upper bar) overhang?


We recommend either the UpperBrace or L-Brace for these installations. Either brace will work for most applications, but we recommend using the L-Brace when you have access to vertical studs for extra support. The L-Brace is a very strong support as it attaches to both the horizontal and vertical studs of a half-wall, giving the L-Brace two points of attachment. The UpperBrace is also a strong support that is solely attached to the horizontal stud of a half wall, which gives it more placement flexibility.

These two braces can be used together if you can only attach to a few studs.

The I-Brace, however, is designed for single-level countertop installation only.


What if my upper bar does not already have a 2×4 half-wall?


Neither the L-Brace, nor the UpperBrace will work. A stable 2×4 half-wall is required for all installations.


How long should it take to install an L-Brace?


Each L-Brace should take less than 10 minutes to install. This time can be reduced with the right power tools and practice. You can find installation directions here.


How long should it take to install an UpperBrace?


Each UpperBrace should take less than 5 minutes to install. This time can be reduced with the right power tools and practice. You can find installation directions here.


What should I do if my half-wall is weak or unstable?


The UpperBrace and L-Brace are designed to use the half-wall as the basis of support. In this instance, you made need to consider using a traditional corbel.


What should I do if there is no dry wall on the inside of my half wall?


The L-Brace is 1/4 of an inch thick and most drywall is a half an inch thick. Most upper bars have drywall on the inside and a back splash that will cover the L-Brace. If the L-Brace would be visible or in the way of backs plash, use the Upperbraces instead.

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