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The benefits and uses of edge trims for wood

The edges of wood cabinets, doors, or other furniture are often subject to knocks and bumps. If you've ever knocked your head on a cabinet door, you'll know how painful it can be! Wooden edges aren't always smooth either; they can splinter. Covering wood edges with rubber edge trim for wood is essential if you want to keep edges in good condition and protect yourself and others from injury. 

In this article, we'll learn more about the benefits of edge trim for wood and how to apply trim for wood.

The importance of edge trim for wood

Edge trim is usually made from smooth and hard-wearing rubber or PVC. It is easy to fit to wooden edges and provides unbeatable protection for the wood and the people who come into contact with it. 

Edge trim is often applied to the edges of wood furniture, doors, and windows to increase longevity, protect people from injury, and create a smooth and aesthetically pleasing finish.

Benefits of using edge trim for wood

There are several benefits to finishing wood edges using rubber edge trim for wood; these include:

  • An aesthetically pleasing finish – Trim for wood helps to create a neat, smooth, and seamless finish to the edge of wooden surfaces, enhancing its overall visual appeal.
  • Protects from injury – The trim's soft and smooth surface reduces the risk of injury if you knock into or bump yourself on the sharp or uneven edge of the wood.
  • Protects from damage – Wood trim protects the wood from knocks and bumps that could otherwise cause damage or splintering.
  • Cost-effectiveness – Edge trim for wood is very affordable and helps prolong the wood's lifespan, eliminating the need for frequent repairs or replacements.
  • Seals openings – Various types of rubber edge trim for wood are available, many of which feature seals. If the trim is being applied to the edges of a door or window, applying an edge trim with a seal can prevent moisture, air, dust, or debris from entering.

Different types of edge trim for wood

The type of trim for wood that you require depends on the size and shape of the wood edge it is being applied to and the wood's function.

If the trim is to be used purely for protection, then a standard edge trim should do the job. These edge trims are available in various sizes and colours to fit different panel widths and aesthetic requirements.

If you are adding trim to a wooden door or window, then a rubber trim with a seal may be a more appropriate option. In this case, you can select from an edge trim with top seal, edge trim with side seal, or edge trim with lip seal, depending on where the trim is being applied. Edge trims with seals feature a sponge sealing bulb, which compresses to create a reliable, watertight seal.

If the trim is being applied to wood exposed to harsh or extreme conditions, choosing a plastic-reinforced edge trim enhances durability and has non-conductive and corrosion-resistant properties.

Selecting the right edge trim for wood

Choose the wrong trim, and your wood may not be adequately protected. It's important to consider carefully which trim type is the most suitable for your project. Several important factors to consider include:

  • Purpose – Are you applying the trim for protection, sealing, or both?
  • Dimensions – What are the dimensions of the piece of wood it is to be applied to?
  • Aesthetics – How important is appearance?
  • Durability – What environmental conditions will the trim be subjected to?

Installation of edge trim for wood

Trim for wood is usually quick and simple to apply. Simply measure and cut your trim to size. Ensure the surface it is being applied to is clean, dry, and debris-free. Then, apply the trim to the wooden edge by firmly but gently tapping it into position using the palm of your hand or a soft-faced hammer. Because no adhesive is used, wood edge trims can be carefully removed and reused multiple times.

Edge trim seals for wood from Seals Direct

Need help selecting the right rubber edge trim? If so, you've come to the right place. Seals Direct is one of the UK's leading rubber seals and trims providers. We have over 760 products to choose from. Come and look around, and if you can't find what you're looking for, call our knowledgeable team on 01425 617 722, and we'll be happy to help.

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