The Different Types of Granite Edge Profiles

After choosing the slab for your countertop, it’s time to choose the kind of edge you want for it. Stone edges are a design element that you choose prior to fabrication. The edge that you choose can have a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your kitchen and countertops. There are so many choices to choose from. Depending on the shape, it will affect cost, function, and cleanliness.

Standard Edges

CLASSIC

The classic edge is a great style for any kitchen or bathroom. It is especially appropriate for a modern, clean look. It will also blend in with the room, rather than stand out. This can be helpful if you are looking to draw attention to other elements in the room, such as a backsplash or sinks. The edges are rounded ever so slightly as to prevent damage to the countertop or injuries.

 

P & E

This edge is most commonly used on backsplashes but can also be used on countertops to give it a clean look.  The P&E edge offers a square flat face with the sharp edge on top rounded slightly, this edge is a common one, offering a simple and clean look for the granite countertop. It’s the most commonly seen on backsplashes made of granite.

 

¼’’ BEVEL

The ¼ Bevel edge highlights the thickness of a kitchen or bathroom countertop. This edge is a good option for those looking to add shape to their countertop but do not want a rounded edge.. If you want an edge that looks great but is not too complicated, the ¼ Bevel is a great option. You truly cannot go wrong selecting this edge.

 

½’’ BEVEL

The ½’’ Bevel edge is a great way to add a touch of design to a countertop while maintaining straight lines and a subtle overall look. The Half Bevel is ideal for bathrooms allowing water to run off the countertop without damaging the cabinets below. Between the beauty of this edge and its functional benefits, a ½’’ Bevel edge is truly a great choice for any countertop.

 

Custom Edges

DEMI – BULLNOSE

The demi bullnose is a combination of a more contemporary flat bottom edge profile and of the traditional full bullnose completely rounded style. The demi bullnose is used primarily in the kitchen because it is easy to clean and the shape makes it resistant to impacts that may cause chipping. The style will bring more curves to your kitchen.

 

 

FULL – BULLNOSE

The full bullnose edge profile can be used in both kitchen and bathroom countertop applications this edge has a full, gentle curve with no sharp edges, and they shape also keeps the possibility of chipping low. This edge design gives the illusion that the granite is thinner than it actually is, which helps bring out a sleek, contemporary look. These are ideal for cosmetic areas in the bathroom, or island countertops in the kitchen.

 

 

OGEE

Soft and elegant, this edge gives the countertop surface a more detailed look. From the side, an ogee edge forms the shape of an "S" that provides a classic look perfect for traditional kitchens. If you are trying to decide on a stylish edge for your new countertop, the Ogee edge can be just what you are looking for.

 

 

COVE

The Cove edge has a distinct, modern look with an elegant profile that is ideal for classical kitchens. This edge works well around the entire kitchen and will highlight the beauty of the countertops. I t can be one of the best decisions you make for your countertop.  

 

 

Special Edges

DUPONT

This is another decorative edge popular in designs where antique or Victorian looks take precedence. Also popular for granite and marble vanity tops in bathrooms and wet rooms.

 

 

WATERFALL

As the name implies, these countertops provide a unique edging look that, rather than just ending in a horizontal shape. It flows right over the sides of the edges, making it look more like a vertical plane of stone, granite, or quartz, rather than a hard edge that completely cuts off the top.  This gives it a natural, endless, and infinite look, resembling water that flows smoothly over a rock face and down into the massive body of water below.

 

 

CHISEL

Also known as 'rock edge' is made by forcing a chisel into the stone to cut it.  This is a manual procedure where a hammer or mallet is applied to carve small pieces into the material. A chiseled edge provides a unique, rough and original look to the granite or marble in use.