How to Edge Ceramic Tile

Written by dianne christensen-herman
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If you are installing tile on a bathroom wall, there's no need to install edge tiles because the tiles will end at the wall. However, you'll need ceramic edge tiles on a countertop, since the edges must be finished. Certain types of tiles are made for installing on edges. It is possible to install ceramic edge tiles yourself with a few basic tools rather than hiring a professional to do the job.

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Things you need

  • Edge tiles
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Thinset mortar
  • Notched trowel
  • Tile spacers
  • Tile cutter or hacksaw
  • Grout
  • Grout float
  • Sponge

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  1. 1

    Measure the edge of the surface you wish to tile and locate the centre point with a measuring tape. Mark this spot with a pencil.

  2. 2

    Install the ceramic edge tiles first because you will use these as a guide to place the countertop tiles. Evenly spread a layer of mortar on the edge of the countertop with the notched trowel. Make sure the space is evenly covered at a depth of about 1/8 inch.

  3. 3

    Push the tile gently in place on the edge of the countertop, next to the centre mark. Place spacers between the tiles, which will help evenly position them.

  4. 4

    Install the remaining tiles in this method and place spacers in between tiles. Use a tile cutter or hacksaw to cut the end tiles. Wait for the adhesive to set overnight.

  5. 5

    Apply grout with a grout float over the edge tiles and work the grout into the spaces between the tiles. Wipe off any excess grout from the tiles with a damp sponge. Wait for the grout to set for two or three days before you use the countertop.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear gloves and safety goggles when cutting and handling cut tile to protect your hands and eyes.

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