Metal Edging for Countertops

Frequent impacts from chairs, bags, people and pets leave countertop edges highly vulnerable to damage.

Tile Countertops

Dark wood cabinets with stainless steel counters.Dark wood cabinets with stainless steel counters.
Metal edging not only protects against ugly chips and cracks, but also adds aesthetic appeal to tile or laminate countertops.

Tile countertop edges can be tricky to finish thanks to the unpolished and uncolored edges found on many types of tile. While bullnose or trim pieces allow for smooth finishes on tile countertops, not all tile manufacturers produce these specialty units. Metal edging not only creates a smooth and finished appearance on tile countertops when bullnosed pieces are unavailable, but also gives it a sleek, modern style while protecting the edge of the countertop from damage.

Laminate Edging

Metal edging lends a certain retro charm to laminate countertops, harking back to the classic style of the 1950s. This c-channel trim is designed to snap over existing edges, and can be used to change the look of laminate or cover up chips and cracks. Installation is simple, but requires a few cuts and snips to create inner and outer corners. Choose shiny stainless steel or aluminum for a vintage look, or pick smooth satin edging for a more modern twist.

About the Author

Emily Beach works in the commercial construction industry in Maryland. She received her LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008 and is in the process of working towards an Architectural Hardware Consultant certification from the Door and Hardware Institute. She received a bachelor's degree in economics and management from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.