Bullnose tiles refers to tile with a rounded edge as opposed to regular tile with a square edge. Moreover, bullnose tile comes in several varieties.
The half-bullnose has a rounded or curved edge on the top, but the bottom remains rectangular or square. Looked at from the side, it looks like a quarter of a circle. A second variety is the double-bullnose also called full bullnose. With these tiles there is a single continuous curve from the top to the bottom of the tiles. This one, when looked at from the side, looks like a half circle. A third type is called Ogee-bullnose. These tiles finish with a somewhat straight edge on top, then dip into a curve similar to a skateboarders half-pipe, then finish out on the bottom with a curved bullnose edge. Lastly there are Beveled-bullnose finishes. They are similar to the Ogee-bullnose except that the curve is more like a slant. In addition there are variations such as waterfall with two humplike curves, cove, cove ogee, and flat ogee.
When would you use such tiles? Imagine that you are tiling your shower wall. Obviously the tile will sit higher than the actual wall it is being adhered to. To make for a rounded finish which is more aesthetically appealing and provides a smoother transition than a straight edge, bullnose tiles are used.
Kitchen countertops many times use bullnose tiles as well, especially when the counter top has an overhang because of sticking out over the underlying cabinets. The rounded edge of the bullnose tile makes the edge more subtle than the straight square edge. Due to its lack of a pointed edge, bullnose tile for a kitchen countertop will also be somewhat safer if there are small children who frequent the kitchen at high speeds.
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