Beveled Edge Stone Profiles
In the world of natural and engineered stone countertops there are a variety of decorative features. Colors, textures (visual or otherwise), and edge details. One type of edge detail that people select is beveled edge stone profiles. Let’s take a few minutes to look at how beveled edge profiles (a.k.a. “chamfered edge”) are defined and why these types of stone edges are among the popular stone profile types. As we do, we will talk about what makes an edge profile a “beveled” edge and some of its characterisitcs. We will also discuss some specific beveled edge profiles available through Oma Systems.
What Beveled Edges Are
Stone countertop edges are not the only area in which the term beveled is used; although carpentry and stonework seem to be a primary context in which the term is used.
Some specific uses for the term bevel can be found on Wikipedia.org. However, regarding the definition of the term bevel, that same website state:
A bevelled edge (UK) or beveled edge (US) is an edge of a structure that is not perpendicular to the faces of the piece. The words bevel and chamfer overlap in usage; in general usage they are often interchanged, while in technical usage they may sometimes be differentiated…
As a result, you may find that some fabrication professionals choose to use the term chamfer. We will use the term beveled even though “chamfered” could be viewed as the most accurate term to describe this profile.
Beveled Edge Characteristics
A beveled edge is one that has an angle extending from the top of the edge to somewhere along the vertical side of the material. The following image shows an example of a “beveled” or “chamfered” edge.
As you can see from the image above, a beveled edge has two straight sides. First the one extending down from the top of the surface at an angle (usually 45°) and the other perfectly perpendicular to the top and bottom of the material. The angle of the sloped side does not necessarily have to be 45° but often times it is.
Double Beveled Edge Profiles
In addition to the beveled edges there are also “double beveled” edge profiles. These are edge profiles that fit the description above but have a sloped edge on both the top and bottom of the edge. This means there are actually three flat surfaces on the edge of the material rather than two. This results in a surface with an edge like the one in the image below.
At first glance you can see that a beveled edge is sort of like a full bullnose edge profile only not as smooth. In fact the double beveled edge looks like a cross between the full bullnose edge and the straight edge profile. Each edge profile is designed to compliment certain styles of design.
Oma Beveled Edge Profiles
Oma Systems offers a wide selection of beveled and double beveled edge profiles. You will find them listed under the category of “E Profiles”. Some of them could be represented under other groupings though. These edge profiles all have the characteristics mentioned above and produce results similar to those described above.
Some of the specific Oma edge profiles available include the following three. First, the E40 edge profiles are made for material 40mm thick and that have a slope starting 20mm from the edge and sloping down at a 45° angle. Next, the E20/30 edge profile is available. This beveled edge profile also has a slope of 45°. Moreover, it is designed for natural and engineered stone that is either 20mm or 30mm thick. Finally, there are a number of double beveled edge profiles with 45° slopes on the top and bottom of the material that begin 5mm from the edge. The 20mm, 30mm, 40mm are all examples of this double beveled edge profile.
As we have seen there are various kinds of beveled (or chamfered) edge profiles that are available. If you are looking for an edge profile to offer your customers there is sure to be one in the selection that Oma provides. You can include them in the set of edges that you provide.