Now that you've learned all about the different finishes granite comes in- the next question on everyone's list is what edge detail would you like. The edge detail of your countertop may seem like a simple matter but it can completely change the look of your space. Really? YES!
Granites come in two different thicknesses- 2cm or 3cm (cm stands for centimeters for all of you non-metric ones out there!). The same granite edges can be created from both thicknesses but they will take on different looks (more on that later. Basic finishes like the bullnose or eased are ones you see most commonly because they are the simplest and least expensive to make. More difficult edges such as the ogees or waterfall are more labor intensive. So- when designing a kitchen, I love to do a simple edge on the perimeter countertops (like a 1/2 ogee) and a spectacular edge on the island (like a waterfall).
With 2cm granites, the edges are created by laminating (glueing together) pieces of granites to create the 3cm look. The same edges are available plus some new ones but because granite is never the same throughout, there will be a seam. Sometime that seam is invisible, sometimes it is meant to be seen.
This laminated edge is quite beautiful and created by combing different types of stone to get the striping effect. A great design treatment for an island, butler's pantry or piece of furniture.
This chiseled edge is simple- the edge of the granite is left unfinished. It is a great look for almost any look and always draws attention to itself. It shows the natural beauty of a stone as it appears in nature.
These are typical granite edges: Ogee 1, 1/4 Bevel, Half Bullnose and Eased.
Give some thought to your countertop edges and make sure to see samples because this little detail makes a huge impact!
Fri, September 2, 2011
by cindy Aplanalp filed under
- counter tops,
- granite edges,
- laminated edges,
- counter edges,