Let’s Talk About Flooring Transitions

We all wish we could have the same kind of floors in every room of the house to make the design more consistent, but most of the time each room requires different flooring. Kitchens, bathrooms, and basements will need something water resistant, while living rooms and bedrooms may want a cozy cushioned carpet. You also may need to take your flooring remodel slowly due to budgeting or time constraints. If that is the case, then you will need to transition your floors from one room to the next. 

A transition piece is a strip of molding that brings two floors on two different levels together, in order to cover any gaps. Before you decide to install new hardwood or carpet, take a look at a few different types of transitions available to you. 

 

T-bar

Named after its shape, this solid wood strip is great for transitioning from hardwood to another hard surface of similar height. Install the strip by either nailing or gluing it into the subfloor. 

 

Reducer Molding

Use this transition to join two floors with different thicknesses. For example, if you have a thin laminate plank and an adjoining tile, it will level the surface out for a smooth finish. 

 

Stair Nose

Placed on the front edge of a step, this piece makes it easier and safer to walk up and down your staircase. It protects the edge of the steps from traction and damages due to high foot traffic, as well as provides extra space for your feet. 

 

Aluminum Carpet Gripper

If you are putting carpet in a bedroom, but have vinyl or laminate in the hallway, the carpet gripper transition strip is a must. The metal teeth essentially latch onto the carpet, ensuring that it doesn’t fray. 

 

Multi-Floor Transition Strip

This type of strip comes with interchangeable parts that can be combined to work for several different floor heights. These work great if you have a variety of floors throughout the house. 

 

In general, it is important to know all the details and parts you will need before replacing your floors. Make sure to tell your floor salesman all about areas of concern that may or may not need transition strips. If you have any questions regarding your floors, just give us a call!