How to Choose Granite or Quartz Edge Profile.
The edge profile is the shape of the edge that the stone is going to be cut. While purchasing the countertop, the first big choice is the color and type of the material. Once that selection is made, the next step is to decide on the edge profile. Selecting the right edge profile can completely change the decor of your room.
The shape of the countertop will effect the look, cost, and clean-ability. The edge will effect the look and feel of the granite countertop. Edges can be simple or complex with or without curves, sharp or rounded angles.
Some standard edges are included in the square-foot or lineal-foot price of the countertop. More decorative or complex edges can be added at an additional cost, which is usually nominal considering the investment you are making in the countertops.
At Stone Spirit, we divide edges into 4 categories:
Level 1 Upgrade
Level 2 Upgrade
Standard edges give a clean and simple look.
The most basic countertop edge is the eased edge (some call it straight edge). It is a squared edge with only a very slight bevel that takes the sharpness from the edges.
Bevel edge is basically a cut made at approximately a 45-degree angle along the top edge of the countertop. Beveling softens sharp edges, but also makes a strong design statement.
Half Bullnose Edge
Half Bullnose is a variation where the top edge is rounded more dramatically, and the bottom is not rounded.
Full Bullnose Edge
Full bullnose converts the edge of the countertop to a perfect half-circle. So the edge is rounded on top and bottom. Full Bullnose Edge is a good shape from the safety stand point, as both sides are rounded.
Level 1 Upgrade
Level 1 upgrade edges are very popular due to its beauty and elegance. These are very commonly used in traditional designs. It is a great way to enhance the beauty of the stone. Kitchen designers sometimes use one edge on the kitchen island and a different edge on the perimeter countertops to accent the island.*
Level 2 Upgrade
Level 2 upgrade edges have more intricate details, typically have more curves, but can vary slightly depending on the complexity. It adds an elegant touch to a more decorative design project.*
But for the truly custom look, we offer laminated edges. They can be the most expensive, since they are the most intricate.
These edges are composed of two slabs. They are attached, or laminated together to give the granite the appearance of a much thicker countertop. Sometimes two different single edge profiles can be combined, and it can give a very dramatic and carved appearance to the stone. There are many combinations of the laminated edges. These include: Eased over Eased, Demi over Demi, Demi over Eased, 1/4 round over Eased, Half Bullnose over Eased, Large Ogee over Full Bullnose, 1/2 or 3/4 Bevel over Eased, Large Ogee over Eased, Half Bullnose overHalf Bullnose, Half Bullnose over upside down Half Bullnose, Small Ogee over Small Ogee, Bevel over Bevel, Small Ogee over Half Bullnose*
*Available only for certain materials
There are many styles and options, and it’s a matter of choosing the right one for you and your design style.
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