Know the Difference: Square Edge vs Bevelled Edge

There are many factors to consider when buying new flooring.

There are many unique characteristics to each product, whether you’re looking at engineered and solid woods or laminate and VVT. Some features are only aesthetic. Others offer benefits that allow you to tailor your flooring to specific environments.

There are so many options available, it can be hard to decide what is best for your home. This is especially true if you are new to flooring.

We are often asked about edge detail.

Many homeowners struggle to distinguish between bevelled and square edges. They get confused by the technical terms. Although they are very similar, the results can be drastically different.

It is important to understand the difference before you purchase.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. We are here to help!

It is easy to recognize edge details once you are familiar with what to look out for. You can confidently choose your new flooring by using our easy-to-follow guide to square edges and bevelled edges.

Square Edge

Square edge flooring looks great and feels amazing.

Every board, tile or plank is carefully cut to ensure a perfectly straight edge. Once the flooring has been installed, there are no visible grooves or indentations.

The surface is instead smooth and streamlined, which is the epitome sophistication.

Square edge flooring is a popular choice for more luxurious homes. It offers a clean aesthetic and provides a beautiful underfoot.

Bevelled Edge

Bevelled edge flooring provides unique depth and texture beneathfoot.

The boards do not have straight edges and are not designed to create seamless surfaces. This flooring style makes use of natural joins to create a more authentic appearance.

Every edge is cut diagonally so that it creates a distinctive ‘V’ shape when placed next a neighboring board.

Each piece is separated physically and visually by the indentation. This creates a variety of tactile sensations with each step. It also allows your flooring’s unique details to be more prominent.

This style is very popular for wood flooring. The bevel adds a naturalistic look.

The bevel emphasizes the joins, making the flooring look more complex and, in some cases, even very busy. Bevelled edge flooring works best in larger spaces with minimal decor to bring out the beauty and prevent emptiness.

This type of flooring is also ideal for areas with less debris.

Bevels are more porous than square-edge flooring and require more frequent cleaning.

Micro Bevelled Edge

The size of bevelled edges may vary.

Each option has its own benefits. However, it is entirely up to you to decide which one you prefer.

For those looking for elegance and authenticity, micro bevels can be a great option.

Wood flooring is best suited for a deeper bevel. The worn look and rustic feel of the grooves gives it a worn appearance.

Smaller bevels are more prone to trapping dirt, dust, and other debris. This is an important point to remember when shopping for flooring. Remember to match your flooring choice with the space you are renovating.

Bevelled edges can also vary in frequency and depth.

You can choose from either 2V or 4V edge detail for your bevelled flooring. This is the number of bevels on the plank, tile, or board.

The 2V groove is created by two bevels along the longest sides of each piece. The header is cut with an angle. This allows the pieces to be flush with each other. This creates a sleek, streamlined look that accentuates straight lines in the room.

The 4V groove displays a bevel along all four sides of the piece. This is the most commonly used style and works best with tiles or LVT. It is highly decorative and gives each piece an individualistic identity.

As we have already mentioned, it is important to choose the right style for your setting. There are many effects that 2V and 4V grooves can have, so make sure to take your choice into consideration.

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