When it comes to tile edging, most people only think about how many meters of edging they need or what profile to use on their edging tiles…
…and don’t seem to think about or consider the roll that the pattern or grain has to play in the finished job and the overall look of the finished product.
I thought it would be a good idea to point out that tile patterns could affect the overall look of your tiling job when you are having your tiles edged.
So this brief article is aimed at highlighting this issue and helping you get the best results for your new swimming pool or home.
In most cases the direction of the tile pattern isn’t considered when the tile edging is being ordered.
It’s vitally important to have your tile edging on the correct side of the floor tile, especially when your tiles have a distinct pattern or grain, that’s if you want a uniformed look on your tiled floor areas.
Lets say For example that you have a square underground concrete swimming pool that’s 10m x 5m and you are laying tiles around your pool area.
That’s a total of 30 lineal meters of tile edging for your pool coping tiles (two sides at 10 lineal meters and two sides at 5 lineal meters).
Now, if the tiles you have purchased have a distinct pattern or grain and you‘ve decided that you want your tiles laid with the pattern all going in the same direction you will have to make sure you allow for the direction of grain.
So we’ll assume that the direction of the tiles pattern is going to be parallel with the long edge of the pool, this will mean that you will need to have at least 20 lineal meters of edging tiles edged parallel with the pattern of the tile. In other words the edging is going in the same direction as the pattern.
But because we need a total of 30 lineal meters of tile edging we still need to edge an additional 10 meters of tiles at right angles to the pattern.
By doing this, it will make sure that you will keep the uniformity of the overall floor area, ensuring that every tile laid has the pattern going in the same direction.
Now this is a pretty brief explanation of how tile patterns and grains can affect the look of your pool so I hope that I have explained it clearly, to make it even easier for you I intend on going out on site and recording a short video showing you a real live example of just what I’m trying to explain and how having your tile edging on the correct side of your tiles does make a difference to your finished project.