Help & advice

The importance of tile edging

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!).

No Trim

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.

No border trim

V-Cap Tile Trim

V-Cap tiles have a downward-facing V-shaped edge, offering a decorative and protective finish.

V-Cap tile trim

Plastic Trim

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.

Plastic trim

Metal Trim

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.

Metal trim

Treated Wood Trim

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.

Treated Wood Trim

Dado Topper Trim

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!

Dado Topper Trim

Rounded Edge / Bullnose Tile Trim

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.

Rounded Edge / Bullnose Tile Trim

Border Tile Trim

Border tiles are designed to act as a decorative edge or transition between different tiles. They often feature patterns or contrasting colours.

Border Tile Trim

Mitred Edge

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.

Mitred Edge

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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