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What is a Waterfall Edge?

A waterfall edge is a design aspect that makes a 90-degree angle at the end of the countertop. Rather than simply ending with a finished edge, the countertop heads toward the floor and continues down the side of the cabinet, island, or seating area.

The edge gets its name because of the appearance of the countertop “pouring” off the edge like water over a cliff.  Many materials can create a waterfall edge; we’ve used different types (marble, granite, quartz, and travertine, etc) for our projects here at Skelly Home!

Benefits of Waterfall Edges

When renovating a kitchen, there are many design factors to consider. One big factor is the type of countertop you want. If you’re looking to create a beautiful focal point in your kitchen, we’re here to suggest a waterfall edge.

  • Focal point – Your kitchen should be both beautiful and functional, and there’s no denying that a waterfall edge creates a show-stopping focal point in any kitchen.

  • Unique – Waterfall edges are a unique way to stray away from the traditional hard-edge design.

  • Functional – Corners on most kitchen tend to take a beating between kids, pets, and guests in your home. Because waterfall edges are made of strong material that covers the corners, you’ll avoid unwanted scratches and scuffs.

  • Variety – Marble, granite, quartz, and travertine are all favorites for waterfall countertops. Concrete and wood, however, have entered the waterfall market recently. During our own condo renovation, we went with a wooden waterfall for our bar space!

Cons of Waterfall Edges

  • Cost – Waterfall countertops add additional costs. The fabricator will need extra material and charge for additional labor.

  • Installation – installing a waterfall countertop is a more tedious installation process; it requires the two pieces to miter precisely so the seam line is as unseen and continuous as possible.

Waterfall countertops really do help you add a wow factor to your home! What is your opinion of waterfall edges? Sound off in the comments below!

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