When you choose a stone counter for your kitchen or bathroom countertops, you want it to look stunning from every angle. Most people consider the surface and the natural design of the stone. The surface, after all, has the most visual impact and enhances the look of your kitchen.
But edges play an important role too. An edge is essentially the finishing given to the edges of the stone. There are several types of edges, including ½” Bullnose, Straight, ½” Bevel, ¾” Bevel, and Ogee, etc. These are the most commonly used edges. There are others that are a little more unusual and creative.
Edges add another dimension to your countertops and can be an interesting design element, especially if you choose an unusual design.
However, all of the edges mentioned above are standard ones you could find at Lowes.com or at your local hardware store. There are some things called laminated edges that are popular as well.
Here’s a brief explanation of what they are.
Laminated Edges Back Ground
First of all, laminated edges and laminate countertops (which Delorie is offering, by the way!) are two entirely different things. Laminate countertops are essentially a wood product that’s compressed with high pressure to form a solid slab. A laminated edge, on the other hand, is an edge finishing applied to a stone countertop. This edging is more common in granite than in marble.
People choose laminated edges because it can make your countertop look thicker than it is. This means that a normal 2cm counter top would look like a 4cm thick one.
To achieve this look, the fabricator would cement a piece of the stone to the edge and shape it accordingly. If the lamination is done properly, the seam between the two stone slabs is nearly indistinguishable. You’ll have to peer very closely at the edge to actually see the seam line.
The Edge Designs
A laminated edge does allow you more design options (but we’ve made a point on this in our post here). A thinner 2cm edge wouldn’t be able to showcase a complicated edge profile fully. A thicker, 4cm edge would showcase a design well and add drama to your décor. A thicker edge almost always looks luxurious after all.
There are several edge profiles available to you. Different contractors have different names for the edge profiles but here are some of the more popular ones today that have a fairly common name:
- Eased straight laminated with a gentle edge and a flat, straight profile.
- Small or medium round laminated with a slightly rounded edge.
- Pencil laminated with an outward curved edge profile.
- Demi-bullnose with board curve at the top and a flat surface on the bottom.
- Laminated Dupont flat.
- Laminated Ogee
- Full bullnose
- Small laminated cove
- Medium Laminated cove
Also, check out CreativeCountertops Inc’s laminated edge profiles (it’s a slideshow).
These are just few of the several laminated edge profiles out there. You can pick something that would complement your home décor and enhance the look of your kitchen.
There are some advantages of using this particular edging profile for your countertops. Consider the following:
- It is more affordable than purchasing a thicker slab of granite or marble.
- The edge gives the illusion of thickness and can look luxurious and expensive in your kitchen.
- When it’s properly done, it the seam where it’s joined isn’t easy to detect.
Things to Consider
All these factors can make laminated edges very appealing to any buyer. However, there are some things you need to keep in mind before you install laminated edge countertops in your home.
- First and foremost, you need to find the right contractor for the job. An inexperienced contractor might not know show to glue the two stones properly and that might cause the seam to be very distinct and visible.
- You need to make sure that good quality stone is used for this because the edge of the stone would need to bear the weight of the glued stone. Thinner stones can crack.
- You need to make sure that high quality epoxy glue is used to cement the two stones together. Cheap polyester glue isn’t as reliable.
Here’s a demo by Ron Hazelton – installing laminated countertop with bullnose edge!
You also need to make sure to check your contractor’s previous work, see their portfolio or ask for references so that you have an idea about the quality of their work. If you have more questions, call Five Star Stone Inc. at 727 265 1100 or just fill this contact us form and we’ll get back to you.