Help & advice
Plastic trim is harmful to the environment, ending up in landfill. Materials that require low energy to produce, or natural materials delivered without intensive mining, have the least impact on the planet. Metal is 100% recyclable, it is permanent, and it can be recycled forever, over and over again.
Not all tiles come with a finished edge, so you need to do some planning up front to avoid an incomplete or less–than–polished look in your space!
This guide aims to shed light on various tile edge options (we wish we'd known!).
Some tiles come with straight, finished edges. These tiles are meant to be installed without additional trim, providing a seamless, modern look. Suitable for contemporary designs where a clean, edge-free or ‘raw’ appearance is desired.
V-Cap tiles have a downward-facing V-shaped edge, offering a decorative and protective finish.
Plastic tile trim, often made of PVC, is a cost-effective option for finishing tile edges. It comes in various profiles, including straight, L-shaped, and round edges. Suitable for budget-conscious projects and areas where moisture resistance is important.
Metal trim, typically made of aluminium or stainless steel, provides a more modern finish. It comes in different profiles, such as L-shaped, round, and square edges.
Wood trim, treated for moisture resistance, adds a warm and natural finish. It is often used for transitions between tile and other flooring materials or as a dado to separate tile from painted wall.
Dado topper trim - or sometimes called “pencil tiles” are a decorative tile used to finish the top edge of a tiled surface. Not all tiles come with these!
Bullnose tiles have one or more rounded edges, creating a smooth, curved finish. They are commonly used as a finishing edge for countertops, backsplashes, and shower walls.
Border tiles are designed to act as a decorative edge or transition between different tiles. They often feature patterns or contrasting colours.
A mitred edge involves cutting tiles at a 45-degree angle, creating a clean and precise edge. This technique is commonly used for creating seamless corners and edges. Provides a polished and professional look, especially in areas with visible corners.
Think about how the edges will be treated in your project. Consider areas around doorways, windows, and where tiles meet an end. Choosing the right edge treatment will make sure the end result is what you were looking for.
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Starting with bedrooms and bathrooms, we've built Reno to guide you through key decisions, from big ones like layout to little ones like how to edge your tiles. We turn this into a neat, sharable brief that homeowners and trades can use for more realistic quotes.
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