From the quarry site, huge granite slabs are transported to countertop manufacturing facilities to be cut into smaller slabs. These slabs are then shaped according to the design the suppliers requested, which is mostly based on their customer’s preference. Besides the top surface, the shape of the edge is essential in the overall appearance and function of a countertop.

The majority of countertops are rectangular in shape. This is the most efficient design since it can accommodate essential fixtures and provide sufficient working space. It also follows the shape of the kitchen area, allowing for a wider space for movement.

Like any stone cut along the side, a sharp edge is formed on virtually all edges of a countertop during the first stages of manufacturing. These edges are smoothened to prevent risks of cuts and bruises on people preparing food or doing other kitchen chores. Granite countertops can have either eased edges or square edges.

An eased-edge countertops is characterized by its slightly rounded edge, while a square-edged countertop has sloped edges. Either provides safety for the family members and guests. In most cases, this characteristic is even improved when the polish is applied. The polish can create a smooth surface across the countertop and around the edges.