A tile trim can conceal exposed edges to provide a professional finish. The tile trim can be used to conceal the rough edges of a tiled wall or floor. It can also be used to conceal tiles that are poorly glazed. Floors that are tiled with different patterns can also be covered with a tile trim to hide the meeting point.
Choosing the Right Tile Trim Type
There are several types of tile trims designed for specific uses. Corner tile trims are designed to hide the grout lines in the areas where two surfaces meet. The tile trim comes in two sub-types: concave (for internal surfaces) and convex (for external surfaces). These tile trims are used typically in the bathroom, in countertops or in shower stalls.
Bullnose tiles are designed to have one or more round edges on its sides to create finished edges instead of flat rough edges. These trims are used around the perimeter of filed tiles. Pencil tile trims are also very helpful in concealing spaces in between field tiles, instead of the perimeter. The shape of the trim is a semicircle. A rope tile trim also has the same features, but with a semi-circle design shaped like a rope.
Molding trims can also be used to conceal any imperfection on the tile surfaces. The trim can be carved into many different shapes and patterns using a molding or carving machine. The trim can be installed around the perimeter of the field tiles or at any point desired.
Cutting the Tile trim
Part of using a tile trim to conceal exposed edges is cutting them correctly. A miter box is very helpful in this endeavor because it allows the trims to be cut at either 45- or 90-degree angles. To use the miter box, position the trim against the correct side of the miter box and tighten the clamps. Using a hacksaw, cut the trim to the correct length and remove it from the miter box.
Usually, cutting a trim with a hacksaw produces a jagged edge. But if there is enough budget, it is best to invest in a tile trim cutter. This cutter creates cleaner edges that produce better quality finishes.
Tile Trim Installation
To conceal an exposed edge, carefully measure where the trim will be installed and mark it with a chalk liner. This will ensure that the glue will be applied accurately on the area where the trim will go without going outside of the line. Keep in mind that the glue is very hard to remove once it is set.
Before gluing the trim on the wall of floor surface, make sure to dry fit the cut trims first onto their designated areas to avoid any mistakes. When applying the adhesive on the area where the trim will be installed, make sure to do it one step at a time to avoid having it dry too quickly. Place the trim accurately above the glued area and press it firmly. Move on to the next piece of tile trim installing it in the same manner.