Tiles have always been both practical and decorative. While the technical resistance is given due to the design alone, the way to a visually appealing tile surface is less obvious. There are many options to choose from in order to enhance the otherwise homogeneous and boring-looking surfaces. The border is an established, versatile option for visual enhancement. As a linear design element, it can loosen up, connect, or simply end a surface in a wide variety of designs. A so-called border profile helps to create borders that are technically and visually perfect.
Why a border profile is necessary for perfect borders
Whether borders are created from large-format, elongated brick slips or even small-scale mosaic tiles, the relationship between the number of tiles and the area covered always requires special care on the part of the tiler. The very narrow tiles with countless joints are difficult to lay in a perfect line. Since every offset and every incline diminishes the visual impression, a border profile can help. This tile profile is embedded in the mortar or adhesive layer under the tiles and thus offers a firm and immovable stop for clean and straight laying of the border. Even the smallest mosaics can be arranged vertically and flush along the border profile. The modern design of tiled surfaces today even works partly with a border profile on the top and bottom. This double use of the profile would not be absolutely necessary from a technical point of view, but offers a second reference edge for laying, on which the tiles can be aligned. This is how dead straight borders are sure to succeed. Alternatively, border profiles specially tailored to certain border tiles with a double-sided stop offer the option of not only attaching the tiles to the profile, but also embedding them in a targeted and precise manner and the surrounding profile.
These advantages still come with a border profile
In addition to the technical advantage of an installation aid for the borders, the border profile has other advantages that cannot be ignored. In terms of design, in particular, this tile profile opens up room for maneuver and prevents constraints that would otherwise often lead to emergency solutions or compromises at one point or another. Regardless of the format of the borders, in most cases different tile formats meet at the transition from the tiled surface to the border. Ultimately, this also means that different joint grids have to be coordinated with one another. If, as a special case, the borders are not exactly half or twice the length of the other tiles, for example, the joint grids can never be harmonized everywhere at the same time. A border profile can help. As a continuous line, it creates a clear dividing line between different tile formats and designs and enables freedom in laying without affecting visual issues. As a stainless steel profile, for example, or in a colored variant, the tile profile can become a secret highlight of the tile design as an additional visual acceptance. The border profile creates calm and helps to give the tile surface a creative direction, especially in the restless play of small tiles with a high proportion of joints.
Conclusion – the finishing profile for the worktop – strong protection with a visual effect
A border enhances the design of tiled surfaces and, as an additional design element, opens up creative leeway. The border profile offers various advantages both for the perfect creation of borders and as an additional creative stylistic device. Be it the optimal alignment of the individual tiles along the straight profile, as well as the accenting effect of the profile itself, the functions of this useful profile include technical and visual aspects at the same time. Wherever borders are provided, it becomes an indispensable aid for the tiler and the designer.