Edge Types for Hardwood
Before selecting a hardwood floor it’s important to understand the various edge styles, which will help determine which one is ideal for your space. Edge treatments refer to the shape of the edge on the floor board and the appearance that’s achieved once the planks are together. There are four common of styles of hardwood edges that influence the overall style of a hardwood floor.
Square edge flooring gives rooms a traditional, upscale look. The seamless edge treatment resembles hardwood flooring that was finished on-site. Square edges also blend well with other flooring pieces and help direct focus to the overall pattern of the floor. This is also the easiest of the edge styles to maintain since dirt and moisture will not fall between the boards.
Beveled edge flooring has very distinct grooves that impart a casual, rustic appearance. Beveled edge flooring typically has a urethane finish that allows dirt to be easily swept or vacuumed out of the grooves. A floor with a beveled edge can also be more forgiving when installed over irregular subfloors or uneven plank heights.
Eased edge flooring – also known as micro-beveled – features a mini-bevel (about half the depth of a beveled edge), but with the same benefits of beveled edge flooring. Each board has a slightly beveled edge to help hide minor irregularities. Eased edge treatments are a bit less casual compared to flooring with a completely beveled treatment.