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The Importance Of Granite Edges
Kitchen countertop options are many and varied, but one that is often overlooked is the choice of granite edges. There are things that you need to consider in order to have a great looking granite edge. Most people will look at a countertop and either like it or not, but they won't consiously realise how much difference the edge makes. Even though granite is naturally beautiful, due to it's colors and veins, it is actually the edge that gives the sense of completeness. So making sure you choose the most appropriate edge is quite a critical choice. Not to mention – it will add more value to it.
Good kitchen design ensures that your countertop fits in with the overall decor of your kitchen and house. And this also includes seemingly minor details such as the edge you choose for your countertop. Everything must be harmoniously designed or your countertop may appear out of place. You also need to consider the frequency of the activities that your countertop will be subjected to in choosing the appropriate edge. To help you in your selection, here are some of the most common granite edge designs together with brief information on their applicability.
Most homes have a straight edge finish to their countertop. It is most appropriate if you will frequently use your countertop during the day because the edges of the countertop are strong and can withstand your daily grind. The straightforward design as means cleaning is very quick and easy. In reality the edges are not exactly straight, but are slightly rounded, as this helps remove any sharp edges, which could lead to injury.
For the bullnose edge, the most basic shape is circular. There are also several variations in this type. One of them is the half-bullnose where only the half top part of the edge is rounded. A variation of this is the full-bullnose where the profile of the edge is shaped like a half-moon. Two more variations include the ¼ bullnose and the demi-bullnose. If you will use your countertop frequently, this edge will also be appropriate. This edge is most often used in conventionally designed homes.
For a home whose main design feature is straight lines, added a bevel edge finish to the countertops can be a great finishing touch. These edges are beveled 45º from either the top of the bottom of the countertop surface. This angled edge makes it more attractive than the simple eased off edge. There are also a number of variations in this design. You can choose the ¼ bevel, the ½ bevel, or the ¼ bevel on the top and bottom of the edge. This type of design will be appropriate if you have a moderate to high daily activity in your countertop.
With the use of CNC machines, stone manufacturers can now easily produced complex granite edge designs which they have difficulty of doing in the past. These edges are called Ogee and are appropriate for conventional, modern as well as avant garde homes. The Ogee combines the different bullnose and bevel shapes to form complex designs.
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