If you're in the market for new flooring you've probably heard the term edge styles mentioned, but might not be quite sure what it means. Edge styles are actually an important element of your flooring overall, so it's a good idea to learn a little bit more about your options.
So what are edge styes? Quite simply, they're how the sides and ends of panels are cut to fit together. The type of edge style you choose will affect how the flooring looks when it has been laid in its entirety, and there a few different styles you can opt for in order to get the overall aesthetic you want.
There are several different edge styles, to choose from:
This achieves a traditional feel with seamless edges. It is also very easy to maintain as it's more difficult for dirt to get into. Overall, square edges blend in the least noticeable way, helping to direct attention to the floor as a whole.
Another very popular choice, beveled edges move into each other in an angled manner. It's a good choice for subfloors which are more uneven, as it can be more accepting and work well with the level inconsistencies. The bevel style is pronounced and lends itself to rustic decor.
This type has a mini-bevel (around half the size of the average, full sized bevel) and can similarly deal well with uneven subfloors and heights. Some homeowners prefer the micro option as it appears a little more elegant.
This is similar to a beveled edge, but is more rounded in shape.
Whichever edge style you choose will affect the overall appearance of your floor – as well as how you treat it. It's worth noting some styles are more often found with certain materials – for example, square edges are found in partnership with unfinished hardwood, and beveled more commonly with laminate.