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How To Stay Cutting Edge When Selecting Your Countertop Edge Profile

The old adage “It’s all in the details” definitely rings true when it comes to remodeling your home.  Today, we will dive into the options available for countertop edge profiles so you can make the right choice for your home to achieve that  stunning kitchen remodel of your dreams!

edge profileWhat is an Edge Profile

If this is your first time remodeling your home, you might not be familiar with this term. . A countertop edge profile is the shape or design cut into the edge of a stone or solid surface countertop. There are many options when it comes to profile designs. They can be as basic or as extravagant as you like. Let’s review three points to remember when selecting the perfect edge profile for your home.

Which profile fits best with your design? 

Before you begin the design process, you must have your desired style firmly in mind. This makes choosing an edge profile much easier as it narrows your options, so you won’t feel as overwhelmed. Having a designer’s help when selecting this detail is critical. They will keep you from choosing something that clashes with your overall style goals. For example, if you prefer  a traditional style in your home, an ornate edge, like an  ogee edge, will be the way to go. An ogee edge has more design and texture than an eased or rounded edge. It will flow beautifully with the rest of the traditional items in your space.

edge profileHow Durable is the Edge Profile?

Durability may not have been topmost on your radar as you started thinking about edge profiles, but they can certainly make a difference. Some shapes, like an ogee edge, are cut down so that part of the stone is thinner at the edge. This makes it more likely that the stone may chip in these places. However, a beveled edge has a flat surface and is less likely to crack.

Another thing to consider is the countertop material. Some granite patterns are too fragile for more ornate edges and can crack and chip more easily. In these cases, it’s better to stick with simple flat edge profiles to keep the countertop safe.

edge profileHow Much Does the Edge Profile Add to the Budget?

Like most things, the more intricate the edge profile is, the more expensive it will be. Most fabricators have several standard profiles and do not add additional cost to your selection choice.    Beyond that, different edges can add significant costs, so be sure to work with your designer and ask questions as you work through this important detail decision.

For example, a chiseled edge is more ornate and will be more costly.  Take it a step further: a stacked edge  consists of two pieces of stone put together to make a sizable dramatic edge.  This option is priced by the foot  (sometimes by the inch), adding a significant cost to the countertop pricing.

In summary, here’s a simple three-step process for making the right choice for your project:

  1. What is your desired style?
  2. What type of stone or material are you planning to use?
  3.  Be conscious of your budget.

It’s very easy to get excited by something you see and love when you’re in the showroom. Slow down, review how much the countertop will cost, discuss it with your designer, and then consider how much your dream edge will add to your budget. With these three steps, you’ll be sure to pick the perfect edge profile and end up with a beautiful remodel that you’ll enjoy for years to come and be proud to show off to friends and family!

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