Edge styles

Many hardwood floor manufacturers offer different edge styles for hardwood planks. This is to add another level of customization to your floors or to make the planks more suited to different kinds of subfloors. Hardwood Direct wants to help make your flooring decisions easy, so we have created a handy guide to the different kinds of hardwood floor edges.

Commonly asked questions

The first question that homeowners often ask is, “Why are the edges important in the first place?” When hardwood planks are cut, it is often difficult to get the thickness of the floorboards to match exactly. Getting the thicknesses as close as possible is important to ensure that the planks fit for a seamless look. Each manufacturer will have their own milling methods, so the difference between floorboards will vary based on the technology that they have available.

Different edges are used to interlock the planks evenly. Traditionally, square edges were used. Today, beveled edges are becoming more popular with manufacturers due to reduced production cost. No matter what, homeowners should expect that there is going to be some difference between the levels of the planks. It should not be noticeable underfoot or to the naked eye.

Another question that our flooring customers might ask is, “Is choosing beveled edges over square edges a disadvantage?” Beveled edges are normally small enough that they will not be detected. Even though square edges are meant to fit snugly, there will always be a slight seam between floorboards. Choosing one type over the other is not necessarily a disadvantage.

Types of hardwood edges

Square edge: The edges of the planks are leveled off flat, meeting squarely when connected. This edge is known for its smooth look and elegant feel. This type looks great in both formal and modern styled rooms.
Micron-beveled edge: These planks have the shallowest groove. As we mentioned before, the dip is so slight that there should not be any concern for dirt to get trapped inside. This type of edge has a close resemblance to micro-beveled varieties.
Micro-beveled edge: This edge is shallower than the eased edge, but more pronounced than the micron-beveled edge. It can be used to hide uneven subfloors or mismatched plank heights.
Eased edge: Eased edges are now one of the most commonly used edging techniques in the industry. Planks can be edged along both sides and the end joints for a unique look. Depending on the design of the floor, it may be more or less visible.
Full Beveled edge: This edge is fully visible and the deepest of the beveled edges. It works best for homes that desire a more rugged, informal look. It pairs well with country style furnishings. When properly sealed, dirt and dust can be easily swept or vacuumed up from between the grooves.

No matter which edge you prefer, you can trust that you will find quality hardwood flooring solutions at Hardwood Direct. Speak with our floor experts today to get professional advice on the be