You already know how much time and care it takes to produce a truly beautiful, completed result if you are currently updating the look of your home with tiles. You cannot expect your tiles to look beautiful for many years if you cut corners with the planning and preparation. Therefore, it’s crucial to ensure that the edges and corners of a room or area that is only partially tiled have a professional finish as opposed to an exposed tile edge, which can be damaged and usually just appears incomplete.
Use tile trims to assist you to complete your project. You’ll have a vast selection to complement the tiles you’ve chosen and, ultimately, the style of your room because they come in several colors and designs.
- Rounded or bullnose edge – this will give another element to your wall tiles, and since they come in a variety of colors, they may either accent by standing out in contrast to your tiles or blend in by being the same color as the ones you’re placing.
- Edge corners – these are your greatest option if you’re trying to put three pieces together. These tile corners will produce a rounded corner and completely complete the task while safeguarding your tiling. They are available in simple colors or polished chrome.
- Straight edge – this can be the perfect finishing touch if you want something more streamlined and modern.
How to Attach Trim to Tile
Here’s how to place trim around your tiles if you want to:
Step 1: Planning
Choose first whether you’ll be adding tile trim to the wall’s base just or to its corners as well. You should apply trim tiles on all your edges or at the edge where the tile meets another type of flooring when installing trim to floor tiles. Since they must be done in tandem with one another, always plan your tile trim installation along with your tile installation.
Step 2: Measurement
To calculate the amount of linear trim you’ll need for your project, measure the base and corners where the tile trim will be put. This measurement needs to be accurate, especially after you begin cutting in the following step, so double-check it!
Step 3: Cutting
At the bases and margins of walls, the trim should always be cut at a 45° angle. Utilize a miter box to cut the trim, securing it against one of the edges with clamps to keep it securely in place. Cut the trim with a hacksaw or trim cutter, using the channels in the box as a guide, and repeat for the remaining trim lengths. Before applying glue, make sure the cut pieces fit together and form a 90° connection. If the trim does not require mitering, just cut it at a 90° angle to the trim’s length.
Step 4: Complying
Mark the wall surfaces where the trim will be attached using chalk, and then use a trowel or similar tool to line the designated area with a strong tile adhesive. Press the tile trims firmly on the adhesive and let it dry overnight to make sure they are secured.
Step 5: Applying grout
Grout should be used to fill any gaps in the trim, and it should be left to dry. To further increase the efficiency of the grout and give it time to cure, apply a sealant to the surfaces of the grout. After that, you may proceed with installing the other tiles. To successfully complete your tile project, you must ensure a good installation of the tile edge trim since it will protect the tile margins from any damage.
To successfully execute tile installation, a lot of planning and preparation is required. A serious error that you could do that shortens the lifespan of your expensive tiles and makes the tiling seem shabby is leaving the tile edge visible. Thus, tile edging is an essential step in the procedure.