How to Choose the Edge Profile for your Kitchen Countertops
A wide variety of granite edge options became available to consumers because of the usage of modern CNC machines to fabricate granite countertops. After choosing the right color granite slabs for your kitchen countertops, the important next step is to select the edge profile that will go along all of the exposed areas of the kitchen countertops. The edge profiles can be divided into four categories.
Simple & Contemporary Edges
A straight edge with a small 5mm radius on the top and slightly eased on the bottom. This is the most commonly used edge.
Top and Bottom Rounded Edge
This edge is very contemporary with a 5mm radius on the top and bottom of the profile.
¼” or ½” Bevel Edge
Another popular contemporary edge. It has an angular slanting edge with a modern look.
Roman Round Edge
Though this is called Roman Round, it is a very subtle arch that goes well with contemporary kitchens and can make the stone appear thicker.
Chiseled or Rock Edge
A naturally beautiful edge accomplished by carefully chipping the edge and smoothing the piercing projections that result. Then an Ager is applied to bring out the color. This edge goes well in outdoor and contemporary kitchens.
Half Round or “A” Profile Edge
This edge has a 15mm radius on the top and a slight eased edge on the bottom. This is popular because it can go with both contemporary and traditional style kitchens. It is a clean look that is easy to clean and highly resistant to impacts that may cause chipping.
Full Bullnose Edge
This edge goes well with any style kitchen, but it is most popularly used for countertops that have upper bar areas
This is the second most popular edge because of its beauty and elegance. It is a great way to enhance the beauty of your granite. Kitchen designers use an ogee edge on the kitchen island and a half round on the perimeter countertops to accent the island.
It is a 3 stepped edge and very beautiful to look at. It is usually used on islands or as a part of a laminated, or stacked, edge.
Roman Elite Edge
This is the same as the Elite edge, however, the curvatures are different. It is also usually used on islands or as a part of a laminated edge.
2 ½” thick, this edge is composed of two slabs that are both 1 ¼”thick. They are attached, or laminated, together to give the granite the appearance of a much thicker countertop. We can combine two different single edge profiles to give you a very dramatic and carved appearance to the stone. This style should not be confused with actual laminate countertops. There are many combinations of the laminated edges. These include: Roman Elite over Ogee, Elite over Full Bullnose, Elite over Ogee, Double Chisel, Ogee over Full Bullnose, any over Eased, Ogee over Half Bullnose, and Ogee over Ogee. You should talk with your fabricator about any combination you are thinking about for this edge.