How To Fit Tile Trim: 10 Steps22/10/2023
Tile trim is an essential element in any tiling project. It not only adds a professional and aesthetically pleasing finish to your tiles, but also serves a functional purpose by protecting the exposed edges of your tiles from chipping and damage. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a DIY enthusiast, learning how to fit tile trim is a valuable skill. In this guide, we'll take you through the steps to ensure a clean and precise installation.
What You'll Need:
Before you begin, make sure you have the following tools and materials:
- Tile Trim: Choose a trim style and material that suits your project. Tile trims are available in various materials, including metal tile trim and plastic tile trim.
- Tile Adhesive: You may need a small amount of adhesive to secure the trim in place. We recommend Pro Tiler Tools for all things tiling, browse tile adhesives here.
- Measuring Tape: To accurately measure and cut the trim.
- Mitre Box and Saw (optional): If you need to cut the trim at angles.
- Adhesive/Sealant (optional): For added security and waterproofing, especially in wet areas like bathrooms.
Seamlessly Integrate Tile Trim into Your Tiling Process
Follow these steps to seamlessly fit tile trim into your tiling process:
Step 1: Measure and Plan
- Before starting the tiling process, measure the areas where you'll install the tile trim. Ensure precise measurements to guarantee complete coverage of the tile edges.
- If your project includes corners or angles, plan ahead for precise trim cuts to ensure a smooth transition.
- If you need any help choosing your tile trim, for example, if you need differing mm depths for different tiles, or different profiles e.g. straight edge, square edge, round edge, internal or angled, don’t hesitate to contact us for any assistance with your order.
Looking for your tile trim, rail, expansion joint, or grout in a specific colour for a seamless finish? Some of our trim suppliers offer a bespoke service whereby they can colour match to your desired finish. Great examples of brands that offer this bespoke service are Dural, Schluter, and Genesis tile trim. If you’re interested in this, just contact the Premium Tile Trim team and give us the details of what you’re looking for so we can then organise, quote the cost and give you a lead time - which is usually about a week depending on the colour you need.
Step 2: Tile Placement
- Begin by placing your tiles in their designated positions, leaving the exposed edges where the trim will go.
Step 3: Cut the Trim
- If necessary, use a mitre box and saw to make accurate cuts for corners and angles. Precision is crucial for a seamless finish.
Step 4: Apply Adhesive (if needed)
- Apply a small amount of tile adhesive to the back of the tile trim, ensuring it adheres securely.
Step 5: Position the Trim
- Carefully position the tile trim over the exposed tile edges, ensuring it fits snugly and aligns perfectly with the tile surface.
Step 6: Press and Secure
- Press the tile trim firmly onto the tile surface to ensure a strong bond.
Step 7: Wipe Off Excess Adhesive
- If any adhesive seeps out from under the trim, promptly wipe it away with a damp cloth.
Step 8: Seal the Joints (optional)
- In wet areas like bathrooms, consider applying a bead of adhesive or sealant along the joint between the trim and the tiles for additional waterproofing.
Step 9: Final Check
- Double-check the alignment and level of the tile trim before the adhesive sets completely. Make any necessary adjustments while the adhesive is still workable.
Step 10: Continue Tiling
- Once the tile trim is securely in place, continue with your tiling project as usual, completing the rest of the tile installation.
Tips for a Professional Finish:
- Use a sharp blade when cutting tile trim to achieve clean and precise cuts.
- Take your time during installation, as accuracy is key to a professional finish.
- Opt for high-quality tile trim materials that complement your tile aesthetics for enhanced durability.
- Always adhere to the manufacturer's guidelines for adhesive and sealant application.
- Prioritise safety by wearing appropriate protective gear when handling tools and adhesives.
- It’s also important to consider how to look after your new tile trim, we have another article on best practices for keeping tile trim in the best condition. See How to look after your new tile trim.
Can You Install Tile Trim After Tiling?
It is possible to install tile trim after tiling. While in most cases the edge trim is installed with the tile, so you would use tile in trim, certain profiles are designed for retro fit tile trim existing tile assemblies.
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Where Can You Buy Tile Trim?
Premium Tile Trim is the ideal place to choose and purchase the perfect tile trim for your project. We have a collection of the finest Metal Tile Trim and Plastic Tile Trim available in a wide variety of depths, including popular sizes such as 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 12mm & 15mm trims, with a selection of profiles available, including round edge tile trim, square edge tile trim, straight edge tile trim and angle edge trims.
By following these steps and tips, you can successfully fit tile trim and elevate the look of your tiling project while protecting your tiles from wear and tear.