When installing a new tile countertop, edge treatments are an important characteristic that will contribute to the overall appeal of the completed project. Edge treatments are typically used to enhance the look of the countertop, as well as for safety issues. A sharp, squared edge is more dangerous than a rounded edge, and any edge treatment will look fancier than leaving it square. There are several attractive edge treatments to consider for tile countertops. Use one the following edge treatments to enhance your countertops.
This straight edge is the most common tile edge treatment. There are no embellishments; it’s just a boxy, square finish. This is the standard edge for most manufacturers and is what customer’s will usually get for a standard installation. For some, basic, straight lines work well. Others may prefer a more “finished” look.
Bevel edge treatments are created by shaving off, at a 45-degree angle, the top portion of the rollover of an eased edge. This is also considered a standard edge for manufacturers and installers, which means there typically isn’t an extra cost to have this tile edge treatment. A spin on the bevel edge is the complete bevel or full 45-degeree bevel, where the angle is shaved starting from the rollover top to the tile edge bottom.
This edge is similar to the eased edge, but has a slightly rounded top. This choice of tile edge treatment is usually used for thinner tiles because the rounded section should be no more than 3/8-inch deep. Depending on the fabricator, a quarter round edge may be considered a standard edge, or it may be considered a premium edge. Premium edge treatments cost more than standard edges.
A demi-bullnose, half-bullnose, or waterfall edge is also known as a bullnose edge. A demi-bullnose is when the rollover edge is round from the top to the bottom, leaving the underside of the tile back to the cabinet is straight. A full bullnose edge is rounded from the top, all the way back to the cabinet, forming a sideways “U” shape. Depending on the manufacturer and installer, any bullnose edge is considered by some as a standard edge and by others as a premium edge.
A combination of bullnose, quarter-round, and eased edges, Ogee edges are also sometimes called step-back edges because it looks like there is more than one level. The bottom usually sticks out farther than the top section. With this style, the top rollover is cut at a 90-degree angle to the top of the countertop, to the appropriate length, and then rounded. The ogee edge is considered a premium edge treatment, thus is it more expensive than other standard edges.
The most expensive edge treatment for tile countertops is a custom edge. Just about any type of design can be used for an attractive edge treatment, but it is considered a custom tile. Sometimes, multiple layers of tile must be bonded together to create the desired look. Custom tile edges are the most expensive style of tile edge treatments.