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.
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.