The next thing to keep in mind after selecting the right granite colour and design for your countertop is its edging treatment. After all, the style and elegance of countertops are influenced by nature and materials. The type of edge, however, influences your granite countertops' protection, appearance, and functionality.
We will highlight the best edging treatment appropriate for your granite countertops here. For your bathroom and kitchen renovations, choosing which is the best involves taking into account practicality and aesthetics.
Square Edge Countertop
If you'd like to keep things basic yet elegant, a granite countertop with a square edge is a wise option. This edging treatment offers a modern look to your countertop that is seamless. For safety reasons, the edges are not sharply flat; thus, it has kerfs or smooth corners.
This edge style, which is perfect for anyone with smaller kitchen areas, is compact and space-saving. Similarly, by having a beautiful backsplash and trendy faucets, you can enhance your aesthetics.
Square Edge Countertop Pros:
- They blend into a contemporary theme well.
- They are cheap, which means that if you're on a tight budget, they're a good choice.
- On a square edge, you're not going to cut yourself.
- It is less likely to sustain damage to a countertop with square edges.
Square Edge Countertop Cons:
- Square edges are probably not the best option if you're searching for anything that stands out and looks costly. Yeah, they are elegant and contemporary, but they're not "fancy" exactly.
Eased Edge Countertop
This is a safer contrast than the style of the square edge because the corners are smoothed out to minimize sharpness by not being like a bullnose roundish. The 90-degree edge is still retained, but with a smoother and better texture for the consumer.
Because you have a stylish contemporary design for the kitchen environment, it is fast to clean and maintain.
Eased Edge Countertop Pros:
- Safe in all aspects
- better texture
Eased Edge Countertop Cons:
- Not have a fancy look
Beveled Edge Countertop
Compared to the previous two options listed above, this one is a significant design upgrade. With its mirror-like edge cut at a 45-degree steep angle, it gives your granite countertop a glamorous look. Aside from elegance, due to its edge nature, wiping spills is simple, and it can not stream at the bottom of your cabinetry.
Beveled Edge Countertop Pros:
- In several different kitchen styles, this sort of countertop edge goes well. Both modern and rustic kitchens, for example, fit well with beveled edges.
- It is easier to clean countertops with beveled edges.
- Finally, if water spills on the countertop, the construction of these edges ensures that it will drip down to the floor instead of directly into your cabinets.
Beveled Edge Countertop Cons:
- Beveled edges are very common, which means that they are not a big improvement to a countertop.
Double Bevel Countertop
If your granite countertop has a single beveled edge adding gloss, how much more for a double beveled edge? The top and bottom portion of your edge is cut at a 45-degree angle inclination for this style. With two mirror-like surfaces on your granite countertop, light from every direction is further mirrored.
Double Bevel Countertop Pros:
- best fit within your kitchen
- looks solid and stylish
Double Bevel Countertop Cons:
- Most of the people are not much fond of it.
This edge style enhances your granite countertop's warmth and homey feeling. It also focuses more on the thickness of the granite, which is appealing to individuals. With this type, really, the veinings and combination of mineral grains are improved.
Moreover, since the bottom section is straight and smooth, it will not encourage spills to drip down your cabinetry.
Half-Bullnose Countertop Pros:
- Due to its rounded top edge, this countertop is still very stable.
- Water spills would not move as quickly over the edge.
- The half bullnose edges make it much easier for your countertop to wipe down.
- It's a look that you'll love in your house.
- Perhaps best of all, there are potentially half bullnose edges inside your price range!
Half-Bullnose Countertop Cons:
- They are not as child-friendly as the edges of a bullnose. Although it's doubtful that someone on half of the bullnose edges would get injured, it's even less likely on the bullnose edges.
- Since this type of edge is fairly traditional, it's not quite a luxurious option.
If you want your granite countertop to look slimmer, on the other side, then a complete bullnose edge design is appropriate. To make it look smaller, the circular and smooth curves both on top and bottom create an illusion. One of the iconic and common edging treatments for granite countertops is this layout.
This design's main disadvantage is to cause spills to adopt the curve and trickle over your cabinetry rather than dropping straight to the floor.
Bullnose Countertop Pros:
- This Edge is just as safety-oriented as they come. The bullnose edge is preferred by many parents so young children won't cut themselves on it.
- Bullnose edges are, like we said, a little better than square edges. They're a welcome addition to every modern home as well.
- Bullnose edges also help prevent your countertops from being harm.
Bullnose Countertop Cons:
- It's more likely to spill over the edge when you spill water on your countertop before you can wipe it up.
- It is easier said than done to clean down a bullnose-edged countertop. You'll also end up wiping them under the counter edge instead of just wiping the crumbs onto your rag.
Pencil Edge Countertop
This style is not going to translate into a pencil-looking countertop. Your granite countertop will have an angled edge that bends slightly upon meeting your countertop's vertical face. This type also encourages cleaning while retaining a contemporary style. The pencil edge layout would have both the top and the bottom portion of the edge.
Pencil Edge Countertop Pros:
- Sleek design
- Easy to clean
- Unique look
Pencil Edge Countertop Cons:
- Not quite common
- durability is a concern
Other than that, an ogee edge style works great for your granite countertop if you're a lover of the Classical or Victorian Period. Your countertop's S-shape edge is analogous to the ancient architectural charm of many years ago.
From the fusion of straight and curved edges of the ogee, you will find elegance and warmth. Likewise, for a formal and modern office look, it is fine.
Ogee Countertop Pros:
- Special feature of S-shaped edges
- The timeless and opulent edge gives it a luxurious feel.
- Generally safe (no sharp corners etc.) for kids
Ogee Countertop Cons:
- Too much ogee edge can look over the top a little bit.
- Best restricted to islands in the kitchen etc.
- It's a little awkward to clean the S-shape edge
This edging treatment will improve the elegance of your granite countertop's natural veinings and grains. For natural stones such as granite, seams for smaller dimensional counters are visible, so we suggest this design to create a continuous, seamless flow down to the floor.
This type of edge allows your granite countertop the area's point of focus. Rather than merely becoming a countertop, the stone becomes a stunning art object. Similarly, it gives your cabinetry a better look.
Waterfall Countertop Pros:
- Visibility is very smooth
- Best fit when you need to create a continuous, seamless flow down to the floor
Waterfall Countertop Cons:
- It might be an expensive idea for average capacity buyer.