While most homeowners are aware stone countertops can be cut with different edges, many are surprised to learn just how many edge options there are today. When choosing the edge for your countertop, remember most non-standard edge options are considered upgrades and increase the cost of installing your granite. The Stone Care Experts at Granite Gold® have compiled a list of six of the most popular granite countertop edges, but they certainly not your only choices.
1. Half Bullnose
The bullnose edge is a standard edge cut, but it is very popular. It’s also available in a few varieties. The half bullnose adds an interesting curve to a countertop. This is the best standard edge if you want to show off how thick and solid your granite countertop is because it shows a greater cross-section of the slab.
2. Full Bullnose
This type of edge is rounded to a semi-circular shape and is considered an upgraded edge. Depending on the installation company, a full bullnose edge may add $20 to $36 per linear foot to your installation cost. Full bullnose edges are popular because they add a warm and soft profile to the countertop. It’s also a good choice for a bathroom that will be used by small children, as there are no sharp corners or edges.
The square edge is one of the most basic cuts, but it has plenty to offer, including a sleek, clean line to a kitchen or bathroom countertop. However, the edge won’t be perfectly square. If you look closely, you’ll see small grooves to soften an otherwise sharp corner. Square edges can complement any design, but they’re best for drawing attention to other decorative elements like tile backsplash or a wall-mounted faucet.
A beveled cut is a traditional edge reminiscent of classic stone architecture. Also called a chamfer, a bevel is a cut made at a 45-degree angle along the top edge of the granite. Beveled edges come in many variations, including double bevels that feature the top and bottom edge cut at an angle or combining a bevel with other edge styles. In the past, a beveled edge was a sign that the stone countertop was cut from real stone. Today, even laminate countertops can be cut with a bevel.
If you want to draw attention to your granite countertops, a premium edge is a good way to do it. An ogee edge offers an eye-catching and elegant detail that resembles two sweeping arches that form an s-shaped curve. This type of edge is timeless and works well in traditional kitchens. Despite its great level of detail, the ogee edge does not have sharp edges that could cause injury.
6. Laminated Ogee Over Full Bullnose
A laminated granite edge means a second layer of granite is cemented to the bottom edge of your countertops. This makes the entire countertop appear 6 cm thick rather than 3 cm, and it allows for many combinations of edge cuts. Laminated edges offer a sophisticated look, although they can be costly. One of the most dramatic laminated edges is the ogee over full bullnose edge. The upper portion features an elegant ogee edge, which has an ornate and deep curve. The laminated section below has a full bullnose edge.
No matter which type of edge you choose for your granite countertops, make sure to take proper care of your stone to maintain its beauty and quality for many years to come. One of the most important steps is cleaning, and you’ll need a high-quality granite cleaner that is safe to use on stone. Granite Gold Daily Cleaner® is the perfect option for cleaning natural stone, from granite and marble to quartz and travertine. Give Granite Gold® a call today at 1-800-475-STONE to learn more about our amazing stone care products.