This article discusses the different edges for granite slabs
Toronto homeowners choose. Keep reading to learn about the best and most common
edges that can be obtained for granite counters.
Granite Slabs for Toronto Kitchens
When you choose a granite slab
countertop for your Toronto kitchen, you’ll have to select colour, pattern,
finish and more. One choice that many homeowners don’t often consider carefully
is the edge of their stone countertop. An edge can make a difference to the
look and feel of your stone slab countertop. It can also impact function,
affecting everything from cleaning to safety.
Which Edge Is Best?
There are many, many different
edges to choose from. Here are a few of the possibilities for your countertop:
The least noticeable type of edge, square countertops keep the natural shape of
the slab, with just a tiny bit of softening. The clean lines of a square edge
work well in any kitchen.
A mitred edge is assembled from two pieces of stone. A "frame”
around the slab gives the countertop the appearance of extra thickness. It’s
often combined with square or eased edges.
Mitre. A mitre that slants steeply inward is a recent countertop
Also known as "broken” or "rock face”. This relatively recent trend in edges is
catching fire. The stone is left with a rough, rugged texture.
This edge is deeply rounded, top and bottom, and is a
The edge is rounded on the top, but flat on the bottom.
Rather than rounding the top edge, a bevel makes an angled plane around the top
of the stone.
This edge is just very slightly beveled on the top edge and is
softened at the corners.
Bevel. A second angled plane goes around the bottom of the stone.
Bevel. A deep bevel at the top of the counter.
Extreme Bevel. This edge angles back steeply at the bottom.
This edge curves inward at the top, and bulges out like a small demi-bullnose
at the bottom. It gives a curving flow to the countertop and evokes a more
Ogee. Flips the ogee on its head for a more modern look.
A profile with a small flat area that projects out into a curved top edge.
An edge that resembles two steps, with straight edges.
Cove. A fancy edge, with a scooped portion above a straight edge.
Edge. This edge is raised higher than the countertop, so that any
spilled liquids will stop before going over.
Hundreds of Possibilities
Most fabricators will also do
custom edges, or can combine any of the above edges. Use your imagination to
create just the right look for your counter. You can make a simple square edge
look very dramatic by running the countertop vertically down over the side of a
cabinet or island, for example.
Each granite slab is unique, a
one-of-a-kind piece of stone with distinctive colour and patterning created by
nature. Enhance its beauty by ensuring that you choose the perfect edge for