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 GlueDown 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. GlueDown 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 Line Bevel Type
Studio LVT Floor Square Edge
Main Street GlueDown Vinyl Floor Square Edge
City Heights GlueDown Vinyl Floor Square Edge
Level Seven Commercial GlueDown Vinyl Floor Micro-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 Line Bevel Type
Studio SPC Floor Micro Bevel
Sound-Tec Floating Floor (original) Micro Bevel
Sound-Tec Tile Floating Floor Micro Bevel
Sound-Tec Plus Floating Floor Painted Bevel
SurfaceGuard Floating Floor Painted Bevel