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Tile coving methods

Updated February 21, 2017

Tile coving refers to a type of trim that is commonly used on wall and floor tiles. The cove base is a ceramic barrier that provides a rounded transition between the floor and the wall. Cove bases make tiles much easier to clean and are considered mandatory for commercial buildings such as hospitals, industrial bathrooms and kitchens. The methods of tile coving make the tiles more sanitary because dust and grime does not collect as much and when it does, it's easier to clean.

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Sanitary cove base

Commonly used for floor trims, the sanitary cove base has a rounded, finished edge, similar to that of a bullnose, to cover up the body of the tile. Although bullnose doesn't involve coving, it is sometimes substituted for a cove base. Sanitary cove tiles can be applied to the inside and outside corners.

Rounded-top cove base

The rounded-top cove base is just as described---the finished top is rounded in a similar fashion to that of the bullnose. However, this type of cove base is typically used in a areas without wall tile.

Stack-on cove base

The stack-on cove base is used for wall trips. It provides coving on the bottom, complete with a flat edge on top to accommodate wall tiles.

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About the Author

Krista Martin has been writing professionally since 2005. She has written for magazines, newspapers and websites including Live Listings, "Homes & Living" magazine and the "Metro Newspaper." Martin holds an honors Bachelor of Arts in English from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Journalism from the University of Westminster.

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