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Old 12-30-2017, 02:22 PM   #1
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Making Steps

Continuing my remodel, we are now working on the kithen which rises up 2 steps from the sunken living room. (Slab 1 story house in North texas). My contractor is cutting 24x24 porcelain tiles and beveling the edges fitting them together to form steps. The edges are already chipping. Is this the best way to tile the steps?
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Old 12-30-2017, 05:04 PM   #2
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That chipping happen from cutting the miters on the tile or did it happen after installed? Just curious.

I've done some similar stairs in the past, a mitered edge like that is pretty easily chipped. Even after grout.

I also did a big set of stairs that had a square tile edge (rough strip of tile for grip)
Even that one has chipping now. It is in a hotel lobby though, so I know people aren't gentle on it. Dragging luggage up and down etc
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How else would you like it finished?
There are stair edge trims etc, but it would take away from that clean one piece look.
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I've beveled corners on walls like that but not on steps, just for that reason. That soft marble can't support much weight before breaking off. I would have run the square edge out and polished it or bullnosed the edge and polished it.
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Old 12-30-2017, 08:17 PM   #5
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Porcelain tile

The tile is porcelain masquerading as calacatta. I don't how to make steps so not sure how to make them sturdy. But I want something durable, I thought porcelain was a practical choice.

The contractor just finished grouting the steps Friday at 2pm. No one walked on them Until 7 pm.
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Old 01-01-2018, 10:07 PM   #6
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Sanding Beveled/Mitered Steps

Will sanding the edges of the steps help keep them from chipping?
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Old 01-02-2018, 08:17 AM   #7
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The reason I mentioned bullnosing and sanding is because I thought you had marble. Porcelain will chip less than marble but it all depends on how much traffic the steps get. Square edged tiles can be bullnosed, kind of late for that now since they beveled them. Surely these tiles have a 3x12 BN available, I would have pushed for those.

I can't say if sanding will help. I guess you can try it.
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This porcelain did not bullnose well when the contractor tried it for the tub surround. He ended up sanding, painting w appliance paint, then caulking.
I had purchased some of the polished daltile bullnose, but the contractor didn't like it, (I agreed) and the wrong amount was ordered so we were short. But where we're are now is about matte flooring.

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This porcelain did not bullnose well when the contractor tried it for the tub surround. He ended up sanding, painting w appliance paint, then caulking.
I had purchased some of the polished daltile bullnose, but the contractor didn't like it, (I agreed) and the wrong amount was ordered so we were short. But where we're are now is about matte flooring.

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Did he use an actual machine designed for making bullnose or just a grinder and router bit for bullnose? You may have better luck taking it somewhere that can machine the bullnose.
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Look up American Bullnose Company, they have a location in Dallas along with many other cities across the country. I believe all they do is bullnose. They BN the edge and fire them. They use your tiles so there is never a shading problem.
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