Feelin’ Edgy? Let’s Talk Tile Edges!

Don’t let edges intimidate you! Whether you’re installing Moroccan zellige or encaustic cement, you have a few choices when it comes to edges. Different edges work better for different installations, which means it’s important to explore all your options. From mitered edges to Schluter strips, we’re going to break down the best edges for handmade tiles. 

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12 / 16 / 2022

  Work it Wall to Wall

 The simplest way to avoid complicated edges is to install your tile wall to wall! Leave no negative space and bring the drywall flush with the surface of the tile. When you tile all the way up to the ceiling and down to the floor, the great edge debate is put to rest! There’s no need to deal with an exposed edge if you don’t have to. Plus, in our humble opinion, wall to wall tile looks absolutely stunning! 

Marvelous Mitered Edges

 Feelin’ a little fancy? Mitered edges are visually pleasing and architecturally rewarding. This technique is the perfect choice if you want to wrap your tiles across multiple surfaces. For a seamless appearance, cut your edge pieces at a 45-degree angle, smoothing the underside of the tile. Place the two tiles up against each other to create a neat finish at the corner. A mitered edge mimics a finished time, and can easily be completed by an expert installer without the need for custom trim! 

Stay Trim with Schluter Strips

 If standard trim is more your style, we recommend Schluter strips. These are an excellent choice for handmade tile, as they create a flawless edge. Handcrafted tiles are perfectly imperfect, which means their natural edges can be slightly uneven. Schluter strips will give your tiles an immaculate edge, no matter their existing quirks. They will also create a square edge instead of a bullnose tile edge. You can adjust their depth to suit your specific needs, and configure Schluter Strips for your individual installation. 

Floating Drywall for All

 Another option when dealing with seams and edges is to float your drywall. Drywall is typically thinner along its outer edges, which means you can even out the surface without creating significant build up. This technique entails covering your seam with tape and then spreading a thin layer of joining compound along the edge. This creates a more seamless transition from the tile to the wall. It’s a simple matter of filling in the gaps! 

Let’s Embrace the Edge

 You don’t have to choose between appearance and functionality! These edge options are both attractive and practical. Choose your desired edge, hire a good installer, and sit back and relax! If you’re not sure which edge will work best for your interior, we can walk you through the process from top to bottom (or floor to ceiling!). Our team is always eager to talk tile and all the details that go along with it. What are you waiting for? Choose your tile, pick an edge style, and totally transform your interior!

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