A Beginners Guide to Countertop Edges

You’ve selected your areas you’re going to install stone, you’ve decided on the type of stone, the color, and even the slab, it’s time to decide what edges you want. There are over a dozen different edge options that you can choose from, and it can seem quite overwhelming. A good place to start is to decide first of all if you’re willing to pay extra for more intensive edges, or if you want to stick with standard included edges. Next to have in mind is if you are looking for a basic or decorative edge, and if you want a laminated or plain edge. 

A laminated edge allows a considerably taller edge, giving the countertop a very thick appearance. You need to be careful with this style of edge, as it is very dramatic and only really fits in very high end kitchens, although it obviously comes down to personal preference. The edge is made by separately polished pieces that are glued onto the bottom of the finished slab. This means that a seam is inevitable, but with the right installer can be nearly invisible.

Mitered Edge: The main slab edges are cut at a 45 degree angle, with other pieces also machined at 45 degrees. The two are glued together to create the look of a much thicker slab. 

Eased Edge: An eased edge is the most basic edge, and gives a very full and thick look to the slab. With the lack of intricacy, this edge is very easy to clean and is very durable.

Bevel Edge: One of the most popular edges, known for its sharp clean look, it fits well in modern, contemporary style homes. 

Radius Edge: This edge, also called a quarter edge, is a smooth edge that is a very subtle look that looks quite close to a straight edge, but softer.

Crescent Edge: A crescent edge is a slight curve that almost looks like a straight edge. 

Ogee Edge: Ogee edge is an “S” shaped edge that can give your countertop a very heavy look, and is recommended for larger rooms. 

Chiseled Edge:  A chiseled edge is the raw edge of the stone that has been “chiseled” by the craftsmen to give the slab a rustic and natural look. It is not polished, so it will be rough to the touch. 

Bullnose Edge: This edge is a very basic shape, with a steep, evenly rounded edge. Cleaning is simple for this edge, and it has no sharp edges. 

Half Bullnose Edge: If you want to create the appearance of a thicker countertop without having to go the route of laminated edges, a half bullnose edge may be for you. The oblong curve is exaggerated and gives a unique look to your countertop. 

Sink Saver Edge: This isn’t really a full edge as it only applies to the inner sink edge. This edge is a softer radius tooled specially in the sink edge to protect the stone from chipping and cracking due to hard hits from pots and pans. 

If you feel lost in the world of choosing an edge, it’s as simple as talking to our knowledgeable sales staff, who are willing and happy to help you decide what is going to work best in your space. Feel free to reach out with any questions!