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Edge Profiles for Glass

Edge Profiles for Glass

When it comes to the edge profile of your custom glass, there are many choices. What you select depends upon the application and the location in which it will be used.

  • Seamed edges, also called swiped edges or safety seams, are the least expensive choice and are primarily used to ensure the finished piece is safe for handling. This edge is not decorative and thus is best for applications in which the edge of the glass will not be exposed (fireplace doors, framed mirrors, art glass, windows, framed glass walls and partitions).
  • Bevelled edges, also known as sloped or chamfered edges, are ground until chips and sharpness are removed. This results in an elegant look, thinner along the sides and thicker at its center, adding depth and a finished polished appearance. This edge is suited for decorative pieces such as frameless mirrors, tabletops, counters and doors. 
  • Pencil satin edges, also referred to as semi-polished edges, are achieved through the use of a diamond-embedded grinding wheel. It’s a slightly rounded edge that allows for a frosty, satin or matte finish and is perfect for light-coloured surfaces, mirrors, and decorative glass furniture. 
  • Flat satin edges are similar to pencil satin edges, except for the flat appearance. This edge style is appropriate for mirrors and decorative glass furniture.
  • Pencil polished edges (also known as weber, crown, semi-round, half-moon, or diamond) are ground smooth and finished with a shiny or glossy polish. This edge is suited for applications where safety is a concern and is often used for furniture, mirrors, frames and shelves. 
  • Flat polished edges, also known as machine polished edges, are sleek, clean and glossy and require the use of highly engineered and efficient machines. This finish is suitable for display cases, glass dividers, mirrors and decorative furniture. 
  • Mitre edges, also known as slanted edges, can be bevelled anywhere from a 0 to 60-degree angle. They are used for connecting two pieces of glass together to create a specific angle and are often used in retail display cases, glass shelving and where thick glass is required.

With so many edge profiles for glass to choose from, it’s wise to consult a professional fabricator to determine the best solution for your situation. They have the knowledge, experience and equipment to customize and complete your project to your satisfaction.

Not sure which edge style is right for your project? Call Calgary’s premier glass and mirror company, House of Mirrors & Glass at (403) 253-3777 or email us at info@houseofmirrors.com.  Our helpful associates can assist you in finding the look that works for you. Check out our showroom today! Our knowledgeable and efficient team provides excellent customer service with a focus on custom design.