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"Going over the Edge" - Concrete countertop edges

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With countertops, there are almost an infinite number of available countertop edges. We can do anything from a standard straight up and down edge to making it look like chiseled stone. It just depends on your taste and where the countertop is going to be placed. The pictures below are from various projects we've done in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area. Each customer wanted something a little different, so they chose an edge that suited their taste. We are always proponents of keeping it simple and elegant, but if you want something a little more showy, we can certainly do it.

We often form these edges using foam, and with some of the more complex edges, it's the only way they can be molded. The advantage of using foam is that it can be easily removed after the concrete sets up with a minimal chance of damaging the still hardening countertop. Let's go in order with the pictures from left to right. The simplest of all the countertop edges is what we call straight, lightly eased. It's a straightforward edge that just goes up and down and is slightly rounded on the top. Next is an angled edge, which is basically a straight edge that has been tilted a little from top to bottom. Notice in the picture what we call bugholes. Some people like these, others don't. They're normally a result of small air bubbles in the concrete. We can eliminate them or leave them alone, whichever you like. Our next option is a marble round countertop edge. It's a rounded edge that's popular for restaurant bar tops.

Another one of the available countertop edges is the capstone, which is basically a combination of the angled and marble round. It's angled at the bottom and rounded at the top. A diamond wedge is a popular option for kitchen islands. Most people will select this edge to make the island stand out from the other kitchen countertops. For those looking for something a little more rustic, we offer the chiseled edge. These are almost always for exterior countertops, particularly around grills. They look really nice when the concrete countertop is installed over a stone base. Speaking of stone, we can embed it in countertops to give it a very unique look, as you can see in our next project.

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