Half Bullnose Edge Profiles
Edge profiles for natural and engineered stone surface contribute to the overall look and feel of a design project. You might not think of it as an important factor in the design style, but the edge profile that you select can really impact your kitchen’s appearance. It is in fact a feature that relatively few people consciously notice, but edge profiles make a significant difference. So let’s focus here on the half bullnose edge profiles. We will first consider the appearance of the half bullnose. Afterward, we will discuss some specific traits regarding this edge profile for stone surfaces.
Half Bullnose Edge Stone Profile Features
The half bullnose profile as it relates to stone materials is defined somewhat universally among stone fabricators and other stone pros. It is very much like its sister edge profile the full bullnose edge profile. The only difference is on the bottom part of the slab’s edge. In other words, if you talk to various professionals in the stone industry, you will find that the description and definition of “half bullnose” is the similar no matter who you talk to. So what constitutes a half bullnose edge profile? We’ll explain this edge profile for stone by means of an example.
Let’s say you are going to put an edge on a stone slab that measures 40 millimeters thick. You want the edge to consistently curve from the top to somewhere around the middle of the slab. In other words, you want the edge of the stone countertop to arch like it is part of a circle. To get the edge that is shown in the above rendering on a 40mm thick stone slab, you would need an edge profiling wheel designed to make that edge. What would that wheel look like?
Well, for starters, the part of the tool that removes stock from the edge of the stone needs to be 40mm tall. Next, the tool would have a radius measurement of 20mm; half of the total thickness of the slab. Unlike the full bullnose though, the half bullnose edge profile only removes stock from the top of the slab. An edge wheel with the aforementioned specs puts a half bullnose edge on stone surfaces that are the specified height.
Half Bullnose Profile Formula
So no matter which half bullnose edge profile you get, the radius of the wheel will be exactly half of the wheel’s height (this may very slightly depending on which professional you talk to). This results in an edge profile that curves evenly and steadily from the top of the slab to the midway point of the edge on the slab. So all of the following edge profile wheels we offer would create a half bullnose edge on a slab.
The following table summarizes the specs and the naming conventions for what we refer to as half bullnose profiles:
|Edge Type||Slab Thickness||Radius||Implied Radius Code||Explicit Radius Code|
As you can see from the table above, not only is the radius easy to figure out, but it really is not necessary to specify the radius of a half bullnose edge profile. However, for the sake of clarity, at times we use the explicit radius naming convention when describing half bullnose edge profile wheels.
Half Bullnose Profiles In Real World Applications
Just like other facets of interior design, your edge profile choice will depend on your personal preference. Fortunately, the bullnose edge profile happens to compliment virtually all designs styles. It particularly harmonizes well with styling that benefits from soft edges or curved lines throughout the design. Because this edge profile is gradual and has no sharp corners or edge, is meshes well with “soft” design styles.
Rounded Edges Can Be Safer
Another reason you may entertain the idea of selecting the full bull edge profile for stone countertops is that the design could be viewed as a safe alternative to some of the other stone edge profile styles that are available. Some edge profiles have more pronounced edges and are even “sharper” on the corners. Obviously, there is more to safety than the type of edge profile on your countertop. But it is one less sharp edge in the environment.
Long Lasting Half Bullnose Edges
Additionally, since sharper edges can chip relatively easily, it stands to reason that the wear and tear of a half bullnose edge profile would wear longer and be less prone to chipping or breaking. Just think of all the hard materials that contact the edge of coutnertop surfaces. That is not to say that other edge profiles would not or could not last as long as a half bullnose. Rather, the “half bull” edges just wear well as a general rule.
Cleaning Half Bullnose Profiles
Finally, a bullnose edge profile on your kitchen countertop may mean that cleaning off your countertop surface is a tad bit more difficult than it would be if you chose a surface with a more prominent edge or straight lines. Again, this might blend better with your design style. If so, the half bullnose might not be your best option.
In conclusion, the half bullnose edge stone profile is an easy edge profile to identify because of its distinct appearance and similarity to the full bullnose edge profile. It is one of the popular edge profiles and it is a favorable choice if you pan on using muted edges or soft lines in your design project. If you are looking for an edge profile that is a bit more distinct than the common standard eased edge, half bullnose edge profiles are a good choice.