Author: Mike Gardiner
I spent last Sunday at the rodeo in Tucson, Arizona and discovered something. What's more difficult than bull-nosing.....bull-riding!
American Bullnose Company delivered it's first order of bullnose tile on February 25, 1998.
We would like to thank our employees, vendors and customers for their loyalty for the past sixteen years!
Author: Jim Stevenson
When I meet new people they often ask me what I do? When I tell them I make bullnosed tile, I get one of two responses. If they have recently been through a home remodel project, and thus know what bullnose is they ask me why they didn’t know about me before. If they haven't been through a remodel project recently, they give me a blank stare and ask what that is. Either way, a common follow up question (if I didn't bore them to death with what bullnose is) is “Why does one need bullnose anyhow?”
There are three reasons to use bullnose tile. One aesthetic and two functional.
When you transition from one surface to another, especially when you are making a 90 degree angle, you end up exposing the side of a tile. Manufacturers are very concerned with making sure the surface of the tile is attractive, and it works because they got you to buy the tile. They are not concerned with making the edge attractive, and if you cut the tile, there is even less chance it will look good. A glazed-finish bullnose will significantly improve the look of this transition and preserve the appearance of your tile installation.
Function 1: Safety
The corner of a tile installation can be sharp; even more so if the edge is a cut edge. This can be dangerous and if one is not careful can cut the hands, feet, or head of the user. A bullnose rounds out that edge and makes it safe to touch.
Function 2: Durability
Bullnose edges are often put on the corners of walls and counters, or the edges of stairs. These places regularly have bodies and objects up against them, and sometimes those bodies and objects don’t get there gently. Think about the load of groceries you dump on the kitchen counter, the shoes on the edge of stairs, and the vacuum as it goes around the hall corner. If this happens on a sharp edge, you run the risk of chipping the tile job you paid good money for. A bullnosed edge distributes that impact over a larger, rounded area and is far less likely to chip and break.
So there you go. A bullnosed tile job will look better, will keep you and your family safe, and stand up to daily use for longer. If those aren't three good reasons to insist on using bullnose on your tile installation, then I’d have to ask why you are using tile in the first place.
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Author: Mike Gardiner
I know this will come as a surprise to you but the most common question we get is on pricing. In order to price your bullnose order there are several questions we’ll have to ask you to determine size, quantity and type of field tile.
The first question we tend to ask is size of the bullnose piece you need. When we bullnose tiles that require glaze the answer to this question can really affect the price. The cost of kiln fired bullnose is determined by the amount of kiln space required. For example a 12x12 bullnose will cost more than a 3x12 bullnose. So, if your tile installation will look as excellent with a 3x12 bullnose, from a cost stand point this is the way to go.
Another factor that affects the price of your bullnose order is the quantity of bullnose needed. Each bullnose order requires machine setup time and in the case of a glazed bullnose, mixing of a custom glaze color. As you might imagine the higher the quantity ordered the lower the price per piece due to economies of scale (don’t you just love that term).
Type of Field Tile
Finally, we’ll have to determine what kind of tile you have; glazed or unglazed, matte or glossy and is it polished or unpolished?
Because of the cost of doing business varies between locations; each American Bullnose Company facility has separate pricing. Please follow the links blow to receive a price list from the location nearest you:
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Author: Mike Gardiner
It's an exciting day here in Denver and for our friends in Seattle. Yep, it's Groundhog Day. I know some people prefer winter, but I am hoping for an early spring.
President of American Bullnose of California