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Old 05-24-2010, 12:01 PM   #1
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Edges - Bullnose, wood, metal, naked?

After I searched for the term bullnose (which I now really, really hate), I came across this forum, where I have now been for the last 2 hours! Wow! Found out answers to some future questions, when we hit the kitchen next.

For now, we are working on the bathroom. I thought that bullnose or the rounded tiles were just for aesthetics, but now I'm not so sure.

Bathroom shower/tub surround.
Tiling walls from tub to ceiling with 12x12 ceramic.
"Accenting" with 1x1 glass tiles, in a 3" strip, through the middle.
So we will have the edges on each side to cover... or not.

I said, "let's just caulk the edge or leave it."
Husband said "let's find a bullnose or decorative tile."
Contractor said "I can mitre? the edges, but it will COST."

Since our accent tiles have copper in them, I'd like to find a copper looking strip of some kind? Can you use a metal strip as bullnose/end? Any ideas where? Am I cracked in the head?

Or I see on here that people are leaving the edges bare, like Europe - does that require some kind of caulk or something to not deteriorate?

Wood? I saw where the wood worker who owned this house before, put what looks like wood or maybe a plastic wood, along one boarder of the tiles that run around our wood burner.
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:12 PM   #2
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hi Kristin,
Schluter's JOLLY, RONDEC and QUADEC trim profiles are all available in a copper/bronze that looks very nice in either polished, brushed or satin finishes.
JOLLY is simply a flat edge. RONDEC is a bullnose. QUADEC is a equilateral squared edge. I've used them all to trim out field tile which didn't have an attractive bullnose component.
Best of luck,
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I think your husband is right. It's going to look nicer having matching bullnose tile finishing off those edges. The decorative tiles are relatively much more expensive than the 12x12 though.
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Old 05-24-2010, 01:06 PM   #4
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Shaughnn - Thanks. I think that may be something I'll follow up on.
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