Author: Mike Gardiner
As odd as it may seem, there are many options to consider when selecting tile trim. These solutions run from bad to best.
Using Custom Bullnose with a Painted Edge
Bad - When choosing your bullnose I would discourage the use of painted edge bullnose over any other trim method. Nothing would be worse than spending thousands of dollars on a tile installation and having the color scratch or rub off your bullnose.
Using the Natural Edge of the Tile
OK – If you’re on a really tight budget this may be the way to go. Just remember you will have to live with this for many years.
Grouting the Edge of the Tile
OK – see above (Using the Natural Edge of the Tile).
Using Metal or Plastic Trim
Good – If you are looking for a contemporary look you might explore this option.
Using Bullnose Trim made by Tile Manufacturers
Better – If the size is what you want and dye lots match, this is good way to go.
Using Custom Bullnose with a Kiln Fired Edge
Best – With this option bullnose is available for any tile, in any size, with perfectly matched dye lots and the durability of a kiln fired edge.
Please give us your thoughts, and know that we will review your comments and respond as necessary.
President of American Bullnose of California