What are the differences between a 'micro bevel' and a 'painted bevel'?

Along the edge of each tile or plank in the Urban Surfaces’ line is either a: 
  • micro bevel
  • painted bevel
  • square edge (no bevel)
The bevel serves both a function and form.   The function of the micro bevel on Glue Down LVT is to allow each plank or tile in an installation to smoothly butt next to each other without the edges of “proud boards” becoming a tripping hazard or a sharp edge.  Proud boards are those planks or tiles that peak up higher than other material due to a high spot in the subfloor below.  When these boards are higher, the edges of the planks or tiles can become exposed.  While nothing can overcome improper subfloor prep in a glue down installation to even out subfloor inconsistencies, the micro bevel can assist. Glue Down LVT can either have a square edge (no bevel) or a micro bevel.  The micro bevel shaves the wear layer down at a slight angle to create a distinct look for each flooring piece. 
Product LineBevel Type
Studio LVT FloorSquare Edge
Main Street Glue Down Vinyl FloorSquare Edge
City Heights Glue Down Vinyl FloorSquare Edge
Level Seven Commercial Glue Down Vinyl FloorMicro-Bevel
  Click/Floating Floor has the additional option of a painted bevel.  Most consider this look as an upgrade to either a square edge or micro-bevel finish.  It is how it sounds, the edges of each piece are painted with a special machine with a complimenting color to the floor.  This added detail brings dimension and interest to the floor, highlighting each boards’ character.
Product LineBevel Type
Studio SPC FloorMicro Bevel
Sound-Tec Floating Floor (original)Micro Bevel
Sound-Tec Tile Floating FloorMicro Bevel
Sound-Tec Plus Floating FloorPainted Bevel
SurfaceGuard Floating FloorPainted Bevel