After you’ve chosen to install granite countertops in your home or business, the next step is to select the best granite edge for your new surfaces. This element will have an impact on the overall appearance of the room, so not only do you want to be sure the edges match the granite countertops, but the color and style of the material as well. It’s important to choose an edge design that is both aesthetically appealing and practical. Note that some granite edges rate higher than others in terms of comfort, safety and maintenance.
As you might expect, each edge option has its pros and cons. Let’s take a look at a few different types of custom granite edges in northern Minnesota.
A square edge granite countertop is for anyone wanting a modern design or countertops that look sleek and simple. However, a completely square edge is not recommended—it would be incredibly sharp and dangerous. You can get a square-looking design, though. To get this, the edges are eased a little at a time until it becomes less sharp. The typical look of a square edge is a small rounded top and bottom with a flat edge in the center.
One of the most popular edges, a beveled edge offers a sleek and angled look, perfect for contemporary designs. It sports a clipped flat corner that sits at a 45-degree angle. The angle and width of the beveled edge can be customized to match the look of the room.
There’s also the double beveled granite countertop edge. Its two 45-degree (or larger) angles at the top and bottom make a great impact and add extra dimension to the look of the countertop. These angles are usually squared down and tend to reflect more light to make your bathroom or kitchen appear brighter. Like the beveled edge, the double beveled edge can also be customized with different size angles and widths.
Quarter round edge
The quarter round edge, also known as the pencil edge, is a good match for modern kitchens with sharp, clean lines—it got its name because the top edge of the granite has a slight radius resembling the diameter of a standard pencil. The quarter round edges create the impression of simplicity and elegance. Then there’s the double quarter round edge—it has a pencil round edge on both the top and bottom sides of the granite slab, giving the countertop an even thinner and cleaner look.
If you’re looking for a classic and decorative look for your granite countertops, then the ogee edge is for you. It screams “Renaissance” and pairs well with a kitchen with a more traditional look and feel. As far as appearance goes, the ogee has a groove on a rounded bottom— the signature “S” shape results from its two curves and concave radius. Whether a deep and dramatic curve or a more subtle line will work best depends on your preferences.
L & L Granite Countertops has the best selection of custom granite edges to choose from in all of northern Minnesota. Call or visit us today!