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Granite edges for countertops are available in many shapes. The detail of the shape of granite countertop edges will affect cost, function, and cleanability.
Stone edges are a design element that you get to choose prior to fabrication. The edge or profile that you choose can have a dramatic impact on the look and feel of your granite counter tops and your kitchen.
It can also have an impact on the cost of your countertops.
Granite countertop edges can be simple or complex, with curves or sharp angles. Your contractor may use a different name for an edge than what is shown here.
Be sure you understand what his or her definition is of the edge you are interested in.
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This edge treatment is very common and offers a clean and simple look for your granite counter tops. This edge is used on most granite backsplashes.
On granite counter tops, eased edge offers a square flat face with the sharp edge on top rounded slightly.
Sometimes, the eased edge is rounded enough to be called a quarter round granite edge.
Of all stone counter top edges granite is the hardest to work with.
The half bullnose edge can also be called the roundover because instead of being squared off, it is rounded over.
It offers a smooth and round surface. It can show a larger cross section of your stone.
This edge is usually the least expensive treatment that gives you some rounding.
Unlike its name implies, this is not 1/2 of a bullnose.
This edge is very smooth and flowing and shows a large cross section of the countertop making it appear thicker.
The full bullnose offers perhaps the most contemporary look of the granite countertop edges.
A side view of full bullnose shows the shape of a half circle. The full bullnose is gentle on the body and has no edges to chip.
It also tends to make granite counter tops look thinner.
Bevels are 45 degree cuts into the edge of the stone. The deeper the cut, the wider the bevel face is.
If the stone has a tendency to chip, a bevel edge may chip more than a rounded edge will.
From the side, an ogee edge forms the shape of an "S". This is often the most elaborate edge treatment offered by granite fabricators.
It's usually the most expensive as well. Ogee is used for a more traditional look.
Sometimes called "Bird's Beak", the Dupont edge looks like a demi bullnose with a notch at the top.
On certain stones it may have more of a tendency to chip.
Very elaborate edge profiles can be made with special router bits like this Triple Waterfall.
Real craftsman can create an unlimited array of edges by gluing together different profiles. These edges can make a granite counter top appear very thick throughout. Of all the granite countertops edges, this is by far the most expensive.
Perhaps the most natural or rustic edge is chiseled. Some fabricators chisel this edge by hand. Others use pneumatic chiseling machines.
The chiseled edge is rough and looks like a naturally broken piece of granite. It is often lightly smoothed and sprayed with a clear coat finish to make it shine.
Each of these granite countertop edges requires varying amounts of effort and time to create. The more elaborate the edge, the more it costs (usually!) Some fabricators have machinery that allows them to make fancy edges at a lower cost than simple edges.
Granite fabricators typically charge by the lineal foot for edge treatments. Ask your fabricator which edges are offered and how much each one costs. Make sure you ask for a granite warranty for your granite countertops.
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