What are flooring edge types, and how will they affect your finished floor?

Beveled, square, and micro edge flooring. What does it all mean? These terms refer to the shape on the ends and edges of your floor boards, and they can have quite an impact on your floor's overall look and feel.

What is a hardwood edge style?

What are different flooring edge types?

There are six common edge styles. As you shop for hardwood flooring, be on the lookout for styles that have the edge shapes you prefer. Or if you're browsing online, filter down your flooring options by edge style.


Square edge flooring gives rooms a traditional, upscale look. The seamless edge treatment resembles hardwood flooring that was finished on-site. Square edges also blend well with other flooring pieces and help direct focus to the overall look of the floor. This is also the easiest of the edge styles to maintain since dirt will not fall between the boards.


Hardwood flooring with a micro-edge has a more pronounced edge treatment than a square edge. This popular edge style “frames” the individual wood pieces emphasizing the texture of each plank while creating a more relaxed, casual style.


Beveled edge flooring has very distinct grooves that impart a casual, rustic appearance. Beveled edge flooring typically has a urethane finish that allows dirt to be easily swept or vacuumed out of the grooves. A floor with a beveled edge can also be more forgiving when installed over irregular subfloors or uneven plank heights.


Also known as eased edge flooring, micro-beveled edge flooring features a mini-bevel (about half the depth of a beveled edge), but with the same benefits of beveled edge flooring. Each board has a slightly beveled edge to help hide minor irregularities. Eased edge treatments look a bit less casual compared to flooring with a completely beveled treatment.


Scraped edges and ends have a bevel that emphasizes individual planks. The bevel has a matching scraped texture to coordinate with the rustic look of the scraped flooring.


The bevel on pillowed edges and ends is more rounded. This look is most common on antiqued floors.

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