Q. The tile I’ve chosen for my floor doesn’t have a matching cove base available. I’d rather not select another tile. Do you have any solutions?
A. Yes. Schluter-Systems offers various profiles that allow the user to produce a finished tile base with a cove. The first step is to select a cove-shaped profile that will provide the transition between the floor and the base. For example, Schluter-Systems offers the Schluter-DILEX-EHK in stainless steel, Schluter-DILEX-AHK in anodized aluminum, and Schluter-DILEX-HKW in PVC. Selection between these profiles will depend on the expected stresses (e.g., residential application vs. commercial kitchen) and desired appearance. The next step is to select a profile to finish the top of the tile base that may consist of your floor tiles in a different format (either cut or from the manufacturer). Suitable options include the Schluter-RONDEC for a rounded appearance or the Schluter-QUADEC for a square look. The final result will be a beautiful, durable, and maintenance-free tile base.
Note: All of the profiles listed above feature matching inside and outside corners.
Q. Once my tile is installed, it will be higher than the adjacent carpet. What profile would you recommend in this application?
A. The Schluter-RENO-TK profile provides a sloped transition between the tile and carpet and features a channel below the sloped surface to hide and protect the edge of the carpet.
Q. How do I know which profile size to use?
Select the profile height according to the tile thickness. If a larger profile is used, it may protrude above the tile layer and may create a trip hazard if it is installed in a traffic area. Typically, profiles should be flush or slightly lower than the tile after installation.