Edges for countertops are something that we touch on now and then because it’s not enough just to choose the granite or other stone for your home. The edge is one of the things which gives a stone countertop its personality, so it’s worth spending a little time to explore the options
A few months ago, we brought up rounded edges for people with children (it's still stone!), but there’s much more to it than that. The edging is one of the places where the craftsmanship of the builder really stands out.
The way the edge is cut is called the ‘profile’, because, like the side of someone’s face, the edging creates a cut of character. There are dozens of possible profiles.
Bullnose, rounding and ogees
The fully rounded edge, which is so popular with parents of small children, is called a bullnose. A bullnose is more on the traditional side of design. Bullnoses come in varying degrees, and those rounded granite corners are not as easily chipped, which makes it popular among heavy cooks. It contours over the edge of the cabinets nicely, a smooth sweep off the side.
Other edges can have a degree of rounding which can soften the edges but still keep the basic shape.
An ogee is another profile, An ogee is a sort of S-shape, and another classic look, romantic and very fancy.
What is a laminated edge?
A laminated edge is an edge which has an additional side, much like a lip, attached to the original edge, making the granite appear to be twice as thick. In addition to being able to do two edge styles, for example, the double ogee bullnose or double ogee straight as shown.
A straight or square edge is more easily chipped than a bullnose but makes a bold statement, which many minimalists favor. Also called a flat edge, because it’s just a straight drop. Even if the edges are rounded, it’s still a 90-degree angle.
Chisel edging, as the name implies, looks like the granite, which is smooth on top has been chiselled on the edge. It’s a very rustic, natural look, and goes well with leathered granite.
A beveled edge is another sharp, contemporary look. The more extreme the amount of bevel, the bolder the look. The bevel is another excellent edge for the black and white counters. If you get both the top and bottom edges beveled, it creates a huge ‘wow’ factor.
If you have any confusion or question about which profile edge you want, spend some time looking at them, and, equally important, touching them. Touching offers your hands the opportunity to feel what you like and is worth your time.
f you have a home, business or rental property in the Metro Phoenix area and are considering upgrading with granite countertops or other stonework features, call us here at JDM Countertops at 602-461-7559.