Installing tile trim is a good way to cover the exposed edges of installed wall tiles or to separate the floor tiles from other flooring materials. The tile trim protects the edges of the tiles from damage such as cracking and chipping. Tile trim comes in variety of designs and is usually made of stainless steel, plastic or aluminum. To properly install a tile trim, one needs to have some basic background in installing tiles to provide quality results. Read on for more info on how to install a tile trim.
Step 1 - Planning
Determine whether to install the tile trim to the base of the wall to be tiled or to the corners as well. When planning to install trim tiles to the floor, make sure to place trim tiles on all edges or to the edge where the tiles meet other flooring materials. Installing the tile trim should always be done in conjunction with the installation of the tiles, so plan both installations together.
Step 2 - Measuring
Determine the length of tile trim to be used by measuring the base and corners to be installed with tile trim. Make sure to double check the measurement, as it is very crucial for the project, especially when it comes to the cutting part.
Step 3 - Cutting
When installing trims that will be placed at the edges of the walls as well as the base, it is important to cut the edges of the trim at 45º angles. To cut the trim, place it in a miter box and secure it against one of the sides. Use the clamps on the device to hold the trim firmly. Using the channels in the box as a guide, cut the trim with a hacksaw or a trim cutter. Do the same with the other trims. Test if the cut portions fit each other to form a 90º connection. If the trim does not need to be mitered, simply cut it at a 90º angle to the length of the trim.
Step 4 - Gluing the Trims
Mark the surfaces on the wall where the trim will be installed using a chalk. Using a trowel or a similar device, line the marked area with strong glue. Press the tile trims on the glued surfaces firmly to set them in place. Allow the adhesive to dry overnight.
Step 5 - Applying Grout
Check the areas of the trim where there are spaces that need to be filled with grout. Fill these spaces with grout and allow it to dry. To further enhance the effectiveness of the grout, apply sealer on the surfaces of the grout as well and give it time to dry. Afterwards, carry on with the installation of the tiles. The installed tile trim will prevent the edges of the tiles from getting damaged, so make sure to install it properly.