Walk down any High Street, and you're likely see the sort of damage to ceramic or stone steps which is pictured here, at the entrance to many shops, caused by heavy objects, deliveries, or even pushchairs being dragged over the top of them.
However, there is a simple answer for tilers and flooring contractors looking to solve this problem
While some tiles actually incorporate protective step treads, they will suffer the same problem if a heavy load is dragged over the top, or there's an impact to the edge: they'll still fail.
The best solution is a specially engineered stair-nosing profile. This may not be the best-looking solution, but it is the most effective way of preventing the type of damage to steps and stairs shown in the picture, while also providing a slip-resistant surface.
There are several types available: most are specifically designed for particular types of applications.
PVC is generally suitable for residential or light commercial use, while heavy duty products are often two-part profiles, where aluminium or stainless steel anchoring legs incorporate a replaceable tread area. This is because the actual tread area is likely to become worn or damaged over time, and a new one can simply be inserted without having to remove either the tile or the profile.