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How to Transition Between Two Different Floors

Here’s how you can make a seamless transition between two different kinds of floors. 

When planning a home remodel, floor transitions might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Most likely, you’re caught up in the argument over vinyl versus laminate, wondering if carpet is unsafe for your dirty home or trying to choose the ideal tile. We understand! But to ensure that all of your floor design choices merge seamlessly from room to room, transitions between floors are an essential part of any home. What do we mean by floor transitions now? Consider a traditional door threshold—the raised strip you walk on or over to enter a space. We would have frayed carpet edges rubbing up against unfinished hardwood planks or tile grout if there were no floor transitions. Thresholds, both the actual object and the phrase, were first used to describe the straw and hay-covered flooring of medieval farmhouses. They attached planks across the bottom of the entryway to keep the debris (thresh) out because it would scatter when the wind entered through the door. As a result, the term “threshold” was created.

Although today’s floors are a little cleaner than those in medieval farmhouses, floor transitions are still crucial when switching between different types of floors. The days of having the same sort of floor in every room of a house are long gone. You’re likely to have at least three different floor types in your home, and each of those needs a transition because you can find solutions that meet your demands in every area. The good news is that several kinds of floor transition strips make it simple to have a safe move between all types of flooring; there are no trip dangers here. Some of the transitions you can use are listed below.

Read on to learn how to transition between floors in the best possible way that enhances the appearance of your room.

Seam Binders

For a straightforward and speedy solution, use a seam binder. A thin metal or wood strip called a seam binder or transition strip fills the space between your flooring. To fit the space between your floors, place the seam binder there and cut it with a saw. The seam binder should then be screwed into the subfloor. The best places for floor transitions are next to doorways or corridors that connect rooms. The seam binder should not be screwed directly into your flooring. With humidity, floorboards naturally swell and contract, but fastening them down could cause damage when they expand.

T-Molding

If the two distinct floors are the same height, T-molding works well. T-molding is a trim made of wood or vinyl that fits between the cracks in your floor. It has a rounded top and a stem piece. So that some of the subfloor is visible, leaving approximately 1 34 inches (4.4 cm) of gap between the two floors. Push the molding down to secure it by applying a line of construction glue to one of the floorboards’ top edges. T-molding that complements one of the wood floors should be found. If a precise match cannot be found, you can stain the wood to match the color. To allow the wood to expand and contract naturally, only attach the T-molding to one of the floors. Any gaps that occur will be covered by the T-molding. You can nail your T-molding straight to the subfloor to increase its stability. Simply drill your nail holes in advance to avoid splitting the wood.

Threshold

Where two wood floors converge, a threshold fits best in a doorway. One side of a threshold is marginally taller than the other, giving it a slightly blockier appearance. The bottom of the threshold should fit in the space between your floors. Make sure the top edge is 12 to 34 inches (1.3 to 1.9 cm) above the floor on one side. To secure the threshold, apply a line of construction glue to the flooring. To prevent the nails from damaging or cracking the threshold, drill holes through it before nailing it to the subfloor. You can make thresholds out of wood, metal or vinyl. Use a threshold that is the same color as the wood it is covering for a smooth transition.

Square or Angle Nose Molding

Use molding with square and angled edges to separate floors of various heights. While angle nose molding has a softly sloping edge to prevent trips, square nose molding has a high, blocky edge. Where the two wood floors meet, place the bottom of the molding so that it overlaps the taller flooring by 12 to 34 inches (1.3 to 1.9 cm) from the subfloor. Use construction adhesive to glue or nail the trim into place. If there is a variation in height between your floors of little more than one inch (2.5 cm), square nose and angle nose molding will work well. Make sure you hammer the nails into the trim’s solid section rather than where it meets your floorboards. The wood floors won’t have enough room to expand or contract otherwise.

Different Colored Wood

The transition appears more deliberate when the wood floor colors contrast. If a room already has light wood flooring, placing it next to a wall of a darker color will naturally divide the space. If you want a more modern style, choose darker wood, and for a more traditional look, try medium or light tones. Lighter floors are great for smaller rooms or hallways because they make a space feel brighter. Since they give the impression of more space, dark woods work well in wide spaces. Use wood floors that go well with your decor and your walls’ colors. Dark wood floors stand out when they are matched with cooler-colored walls, whereas light wood floors look fantastic in rooms with warm wall colors and dark wood furniture. Avoid utilizing more than two or three different types of wood floors because doing so could give your house an eclectic feel.

Different Heights

You will require a door transition with an aluminum strip that holds the carpet and accounts for the difference in height between the carpet and the tile when arranging a carpet transition to tile (such as from your living room to your kitchen). Vinyl or hardwood floor transition strips are both available, and the latter can be stained to match the color of the floor it is connecting. To enable a smooth transition from laminate flooring to tile flooring, transition strips are also available. You can easily moonwalk from room to room thanks to their molding, which fits the various flooring thicknesses. With the right floor trim, you may even create a smooth transition between two uneven floors. 

Different Pattern

The two wood floors are distinguishable from one another by their fresh design. Try a different plan instead of placing the floorboards all in the same direction. Install your second wood floor so it runs vertically or diagonally if the floorboards are horizontal. To add a distinctive design to your home, you may even try herringbone or parquet patterns.

Floorboard Border

A straightforward border creates a beautiful margin between the various floors. Make a perimeter of one or two planks thick around the room when putting in the floor. Ensure that the boards contact the other wood floor perpendicularly. Install the remaining floorboards inside the boundary after that. To make it stand out even more, try putting the boards diagonally or in a different direction from the other floor.

Tile Accent

A neat and stylish buffer can be created between your floors with a few tiles. Leave space for tiles between the two hardwood floors rather than having them slam into one another. Install the tiles between the flooring in a straightforward row or pattern, then wait for them to set. Once the tiles are in place, use grout to fill in the spaces between them and the wood flooring to keep them sealed. You might need to repair your grout where it butts up against your wood every few years because wood expands and compresses. As an alternative, you can cover the spaces between the tile and wood floors with trim molding to conceal the spaces.

The experts at Valor Home Services are here to assist you in making a smooth transition between any flooring you may have. Please call us right away if you need assistance with any of your projects, large or small.