Hiding exposed edges with Tile Trim
A tile trim can hide exposed edges to give a professional finish. The tile trim can be used to hide the rough edges of a tiled wall or floor. It can also be used to hide tiles that are poorly glazed. Floors that are coated with different patterns can also be covered with a tile trim to conceal the meeting place.
Choosing the right Tile Trim Type
There are several types of tile trimmers designed for specific applications. Corner tile Trim is designed to conceal the joints in areas where two surfaces meet. Tile trim comes in two subtypes: concave (for inner surfaces) and convex (for external surfaces). These tiles trim are typically used in the bathroom, in countertops or in shower cubicles.
Bullnose tiles are designed to have one or more round edges on its sides to create finished edges instead of flat sharp edges. These trimmers are used around the edge of the filed tiles. Pencil Tile trim is also very useful in hiding 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 semicircle design shaped like a rope.
Molding trimmer can also be used to hide any imperfection on tile surfaces. Trim can be cut into many different shapes and patterns with a casting or carving machine. Trim can be installed around the perimeter of the tile field or at any desired point.
Cutting Tile Trim
Part of using a tile trim to hide exposed edges is to cut them correctly. A cutting box is very useful in this endeavor because it allows the trim to be cut in either the 45 or 90-degree angles. To use the Mitre box, place the trim toward the correct side of the Mitre box and tighten the clamps. Using a scraper, cut the trim to the correct length and remove it from the cutting box.
Usually cutting a trim with a notcher 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 hide a just laid 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 exactly to the area where the trim will go without going outside the line. Keep in mind that the glue is very hard to remove when it is set.
Before gluing trim on the wall of the floor surface, make sure to dry the pass the cut trimmer first on their designated areas to avoid mistakes. When applying glue to the area where the trim will be installed, be sure to make it one step at a time to avoid having it dry too quickly. Position the trim exactly over the glued area and press it firmly. Move on to the next piece of tile trim and install it the same way.