Flooring Edges: Bevelled or Square?

There are a number of edge profile options for timber flooring planks available on the market today - from square edges, to micro-bevelled edges and bevelled edges. Each different edge type can result in quite a different looking floor, so it is important to understand the difference between the various options and what effect they will give. Click on the pictures below to view the different looks that the various edge types give.

Square EdgeMicro-bevelled EdgeBevelled Edge


Square edge: Wood flooring made up of boards with edges that have been cut to exactly 90 degrees, resulting in a perfectly square edge. Square edges on your flooring results in a flat, seamless look where all the planks blend in together to create one flat uniform surface. Due to this, square edges tend to lend themselves to more modern and minimalist-style interiors. You also eliminate the dust and dirt that can get trapped in a v-groove style floor!
Micro bevelled edge: Wood flooring made up of boards with edges that have been cut with a slight angle to them, resulting in a small 'V' shape when two boards are put together. Micro bevelled edges on your flooring enables you to distinguish between planks from a distance, without the definition being too distracting to the eye. They suit almost any interior style, from rustic to modern. Because they only have a small 'V' groove, they are not much of a problem for a dust and dirt entrapment.
Bevelled edge: Wood flooring made up of boards with edges that have been cut with an angle to them, resulting in a 'V' shape when two boards are put together. Bevelled edges on your flooring creates a lot of definition between planks and makes the different planks clearly visible from a distance. They especially suit rustic and detailed floors. Bevelled wood flooring does get a bit of a hard time from cleanliness fanatics because as you can imagine, the bevel can act as a kind of dust and grime trap. However with the right care and maintenance, this really needn’t be a reason not to choose this really attractive solution.

Where They Occur:

Bevelled and micro bevelled edges are commonly found on laminate or pre-finished timber flooring. Because these products are factory finished and are not sanded back after installation, there is no way to correct any slight height variances that may occur. A bevelled edge was introduced to help disguise any height variances that occur between boards. Unfinished floors do not require bevels because they are usually sanded to achieve a flat surface before being finished. However, there are some unfinished products available that come with bevels for those who prefer that look.
Square edges are most commonly found on unfinished wood flooring, as unfinished wood floors can be sanded to achieve a flat surface before they are finished.

Points to consider:

  • Square edge wood flooring needs to be treated with care so that the edges don’t get damaged during the fitting process, because if they are it can be very noticeable. It is advisable that square edge flooring be fitted by a professional.
  • If you want a bevelled edge and are having a lighter coloured floor, it is wise to opt for a Micro bevel. Regular bevels have a bigger capacity for dust and dirt entrapment which can stand out against the light colour of the floor, making it very noticeable.

    Date Added: Wednesday, 10th May 2017


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