Creating Different Edges To The Granite
Having a trendy kitchen countertop does not stop with just choosing granite slabs or marble for the kitchen. It includes choosing the right colors and right finish.
There are several edges possible for marble and granite countertops. The most basic of the edges is the straight edge. This is what is seen in most kitchen countertops and is the default edging provided by all manufacturers. A lot of granite manufacturers polish the edge to prevent it from being sharp and hurting any one.
Another popular edge for marble and granite countertops include the small quarter round off the edge of the natural stone. Or sometimes, the edge of the granite countertop may be slightly beveled to prevent it from sticking out. Both these edges are basic modifications to the marble and granite countertops and do not cost anything extra.
A bull-nose edge is becoming increasingly popular for marble countertops. A bull nose edge is a variation where the top edge is rounded more dramatically, and a full bull-nose converts the edge of the countertop to a perfect half-circle.
These basic edges are included in the cost of the marble and granite countertops and do not cost anything extra to cut or to install. Many times, homeowners prefer to have a matte finish to the edge of the kitchen countertop so that it can be provide some contrast from the top of the countertop.
A lot of fancier edges are also available for marble and granite countertops. One of the most popular of the fancy edges for a granite countertop is the ogee edge. It is stimulated by the medieval European architecture and consists of two graceful sweeping arches concave and convex. It gives the elegant look to the countertop. Another common fancy edges include the DuPont, cove, stair tread and waterfall.
Most of these fancy edges for marble and granite countertops cost extra. So a homeowner who is on a budget needs to enquire into the price of these countertops.
With increase in technology and possibilities of development, custom edges can be created. Premium edges for marble and granite countertops are more expensive and they take much longer to fabricate.
The smaller the kitchen, the thinner and more simple the edge should be. Larger kitchens can handle thicker and more complicated edges on their marble and granite countertops.