Profiles: Function meets Decoration
Tile installation has evolved over the years and today, tile can be installed with a thin-set method utilizing polymer-modified cement mortars. By installing a tile this way, only the edge of the tile along with a thin bonding layer are left visible. For safety and for design purposes, the installer usually grinds and polishes the edges of the tile for a smoother transition. This particular method is time consuming due to the amount of special care needed so that the tiles do not get damaged, therefore making the installation possibly expensive and long.
Porcelanosa’s solution is their extensive Profile selection. Combining an easy installation, along with beauty and safety Porcelanosa has created a line of profiles to fit just about any requirement.
So, what are profiles? And what would i need them for?
A profile is a strip of metal or plastic that is specifically designed to cover and protect the edge of a tile. The perforated anchor leg of the profile is embedded into the thin-set mortar under the tile during installation leaving only the decorative edge exposed.
Profiles are used to transition from a specific surface to its surrounding materials. Examples include; transitioning from carpet to tile, tile to hardwood, a wall’s corner, where floors meet walls in wet areas or simply, just for aesthetic.
Using Profiles on Walls
Porcelanosa has multiple product options, as well as design ideas for using wall Profiles.
Profiles can be installed horizontally or vertically depending on what look you are seeking. You can install a Profile to transition from one tile pattern to another on the same wall. You can also use a profile simply as décor, utilizing it to break up repetitive tile in the space.
Profiles are commonly used on wall corners; providing safety to the wall, as well as a smooth transition for tile installed around corners. Porcelanosa offers two options for corner profiles; rounded edge or right angled edge. Porcelanosa’s rounded edge, ‘Pro-Mate 45’ is the most traditional solution due to its seamless installation and, is also shock-resistant. It is available in brass, stainless steel and aluminum and comes in comes in four sizes. The right angled edge, ‘Pro-Corner’ is normally installed after the tile and gives a slight decorative lip on the surface.
Using Profiles on Floors
Porcelanosa floor Profiles are more technical than wall tiles and offer a larger selection with varying abilities.
The most traditional of the profiles is the ‘Pro-T’. This profile is used for transitioning from one material to another, for instance, moving from a tiled kitchen floor into your hardwood living room. However, this Profile only works if both flooring materials are at the same level. The ‘Pro-Level’ provides the same transition effect while providing a smooth transition if your floors are at slightly different levels. Porcelanosa also provides Profiles for curved floor transitions, ‘Pro-Flex’ as well stairs ‘Pro-Step’.
Using Profiles for practical needs
Profiles are great solutions for where your bathtub or shower may meet the tiled wall. By installing our concaved Profile, ‘Pro-Sanit’, it reduces the risk of water damage while eases the cleaning and preservation of your bathroom.
Using Profiles as Décor
Porcelanosa has released its ‘Decorative Line’ of profiles, still meeting all the functional requirements that our regular profiles do but, adding a little something extra.
There are a multitude of ways you can utilize and install Profiles – culminating in various looks. What will you use them for?
Written by Krystal Pratt, PORCELANOSA USA