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The Best Glass Edge for Your Project

Posted on December 18, 2020

When it comes to specialty glass work, there are a few important choices that must be made along the way. One of those choices is edgework. Edgework refers to the shape given to the edge of the glass and polish refers to the sheen on the glass. Together, the edgework and polishing process give the glass a more finished and complete look. Whether you choose to incorporate edgework and/or polish is dependent on the project.

If your glass is going to be installed in any sort of frame, window, or otherwise, where you cannot see the glass edges, you may not necessarily need to worry about polish or edgework. However, any time that you can see or touch the edge of the glass, you should consider it. Glass for office partitions, conference tables, and display cases may all utilize edgework to different extents. For instance, when being used for shelving in a display case, not all edges on the glass piece are necessarily visible. As the customer, you can save money in instances like these by requesting polish/edgework on only those edges that are exposed and leaving those hidden sides unfinished.

 When it comes to edgework, there are three common types, which we have broken down below.

Flat Edges

Flat edges are best if you want clean, glossy lines. Glass is run along a belt machine to remove any chips and to smooth out the edges. Generally, flat edges work best on glass that is at least ¼ of an inch thick. A flat edge is often used for:

  • Retail display cases
  • Decorative furniture
  • Mirrors

Pencil Edges

Pencil edges work well for furniture, such as tables, frames, shelves, or other pieces that require glass tops. The edge itself is rounded to prevent any injuries from a sharp or abrupt edge.

Bevel Edges

Bevel edges are sloped edges. By cutting and polishing the edges, the edges become thinner on the sides and thicker in the center. They are flat and ground down to be smooth. The point of bevel edges is to create ornateness and depth, especially for decorative pieces such as mirrors. Beveled edges can be glossy in appearance, to present a more finished look.

If the edges of your glass can be seen, then at the very least, you should have a polished finish. However, the type of edgework you choose depends on your tastes. When it comes to specialty glass, the options can be overwhelming. Our team of professionals at Horizon Glass is ready to help you every step of the way. Call 303-900-5689 or email us today to get started!