Popular Edge Profiles Selection
When it comes to countertop fabrication, no project is complete without the finishing touches. One facet of the finished project is the edge of the surface. In this article we will briefly consider some styles of popular edge profiles. Along the way, we will show some examples of the profiles we discuss.
Straight Edge Profiles
The first style of edge profile we will consider is the straight edge profile. This is also referred to as a square edge. Some companies that offer these profiles refer to them by letters. The letters used to identify these straight edge profiles include the following:
- Z Profiles
- CD Profiles
No matter what name is used, the profile is one that produces a straight, vertical edge and a sharp corner. Resulting in a modern, clean-looking countertop. These edge profiles are often used for contemporary and modern design styles.
Eased Edge Profiles
Eased edge profiles are much like the straight, or square edge profiles we mentioned above with one difference. The eased edge profiles have rounded tops and bottoms. This softens the look of these edges and reduces the sharp corners of the surface. You can see from the image above that this type of profile is similar to the first edge we looked at but with a slight curve on each of the corners.
The curve of eased edge profiles varies. The rate at which the edge curves is called the radius. the higher the radius of the edge, the smoother the corner turns out. Additionally, eased edge profiles need to be tall enough to allow for the radius curve on both the top and the bottom of the edge. Some profile manufacturers use the letter T to identify eased edge profiles. However, more often than not, you will see a diagram showing the shape of the profile and a model number or name will be used to reference the profile type.
Full Bullnose Edge
As with the eased edge, a full bullnose edge stone profile has a radius that makes the edge smooth. However the radius measures half the height of the profile. This relationship between the height of the profile and the radius results is a perfectly rounded profile edge. As you can see in the image above, the curvature of the profile results in a perfect semi-circle. Full bullnose edge profiles are sometimes labeled with the letter V and the radius. So, in such a case, the following is true:
- V20 – a V20 Full Bullnose edge profile is 20mm tall with a radius of 10mm.
- V25 – a V25 Full Bullnose edge profile is 25mm tall with a radius of 12.5mm.
- V27 – a V27 Full Bullnose edge profile is 27mm tall with a radius of 13.5mm.
- V30 – a V30 Full Bullnose edge profile is 30mm tall with a radius of 15mm.
- V32 – a V32 Full Bullnose edge profile is 32mm tall with a radius of 16mm.
- V40 – a V40 Full Bullnose edge profile is 40mm tall with a radius of 20mm.
- V50 – a V50 Full Bullnose edge profile is 50mm tall with a radius of 25mm.
- V60 – a V60 Full Bullnose edge profile is 60mm tall with a radius of 30mm.
- V80 – a V80 Full Bullnose edge profile is 80mm tall with a radius of 40mm.
It is relatively easy to see the pattern in the list above. Each profile name contains the height and the radius is half of the height of the profile.
Much like the full bullnose, the demi bullnose profile has a very smooth curve, but its radius measures the full height of the profile. This results in a perfectly shaped arc from the top of the profile to the bottom of it. Demi Bullnose edge profiles sometimes referred to using the letter B. The pattern is easy to see from the list below:
- B20 – a B20 Demi Bullnose edge profile would be 20mm tall and have a radius of 20mm.
- B30 – a B30 Demi Bullnose edge profile would be 30mm tall and have a radius of 30mm.
- B40 – a B40 Demi Bullnose edge profile would be 40mm tall and have a radius of 40mm.
Another type of edge profile that offers straight lines are the beveled edge profiles. These profiles have the characteristic of looking like a straight edge profile with either one or two angles cut from the straight side; normally at a 45° angle with the cut originating a specific distance from where the edge would be.
In fact, you might say that a straight edge profile is a beveled edge profile that has been “cut” 0 millimeters from the edge of the stone.
Ogee Edge Profiles
One of the most distinct curved edge profiles is what is called the Ogee profile. This profile has a distinct edge shape like the one in the image above. The profile of the stone curves in a concave fashion from the top of the slab and then curves back to the bottom in a convex manner.
This shape results in an elegant edge profile that is distinct and decorative.
The edge profiles that we have looked at here are just some of the most popular ones; there are more too. You can see a good number of the available profiles on the market here on omasystemsusa.com. If you have any questions about specific edge profiles, feel free to contact us.