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Unread 03-08-2008, 04:59 PM   #1
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wall tile for Schluter shower curb?

Should I use wall tile or floor tile for the top of a Schluter curb?

I have bullnose wall tile, same as the tile on the shower wall, which I was about to put on the shower curb. But then I wondered, "Should wall tile go on a shower curb?"

I have already tiled either side of the Schluter curb in wall tile, flush with the top of the curb itself.

I also have the 2x2" squares that I used on the shower floor. It would take 2 and a half widths of the 2x2's; I'd have to cut it and round one side off to approximate a bullnose. Or, should I try to find a supplier who can custom cut a stone tile (or several) that would cover the entire curb? If the latter, is it better practice to cover the entire five-foot length in one stone or several?

Or, would it be stronger / better-looking to use the subway wall tile bullnose pieces, of which it would only take two across?

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Unread 03-08-2008, 05:22 PM   #2
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down here we put a 6" marble sill across our curb.
you can use the wall tile with the bullnose tile on top.
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Is that a single piece of marble, Brian?
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Unread 03-08-2008, 09:34 PM   #4
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Yeah, Brian is talking about a one piece marble sill. You can use the wall tiles along with the bullnose, nothing wrong with that.
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I think most people tend to step over the curb and not on it.

I could be wrong though.
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Unread 03-08-2008, 11:46 PM   #6
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I think you're right. The top shouldn't take much abuse.
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Unread 03-09-2008, 05:55 AM   #7
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width of marble curb top

When you use a piece of marble for the curb, do you use the exact width, as you would with a tile edge? Or do you let the marble overhang the edges a bit on both sides, and if so, how much?

I think I've seen a marble top, but can't recall how it was handled, width-wise.

Thanks!

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Unread 03-09-2008, 12:15 PM   #8
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if not using a tile bullnose on the top and using a marble Sill,
we make sure it hangs over a 1/2" on each side.

here is a sill the RD Tile posted on another thread.

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Unread 03-09-2008, 08:10 PM   #9
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Thank you so very much. I appreciate the brilliance of these assembled minds and the generosity of sharing such good experience. And the picture above is beautiful -- although the contrast between that project and mine helped persuade me to take a different approach.

You've "tiled my path" well.

My curb is a bit inconsistent in width (it varies by about 1/8"). A large slab with an overlap would hide that, but I'm a bit concerned about the opportunity for mildew under the lip. Also, this room and the shower itself are a bit tight, and even a small overhang just feels wrong to me in this particular space.

So I think I will use two rows of bullnose wall tiles, flush to the edges of the curb. This will deprive mildew of any hiding place, allow me to disguise the variability in the width of the curb, and be more compact visually and spatially.

And I'm probably all wet.

But thanks again, very much, for helping me figure out this problem. I really appreciate it.

Hick

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