Your Guide to Flooring Transitions
When you begin planning a new flooring project, the main focus is naturally which favorite material you will select and how it will uplift the design scheme of the living space in question. However, what will soon become a crucial detail is how the new flooring edge will sit adjacent to another flooring section, particularly of a different flooring type!
While these important edges only take up a small amount of the total floor space, this junction can play a critical role in the flooring area's visual appeal and long-term durability. These connecting pieces are called transitions, and the standard way to handle them is to use a flooring component called a transition strip. Here are some steps to help you identify the best transition strip for the rooms in your home:
1. What is the purpose of the transition strip?
Transition strips can perform several different functions and more than one at the same time. A strip can cover the joint where the two floorings meet to make that section of the floor look smooth or even be a focal point of visual appeal. They can also help secure the ends of the two flooring materials to the sub-floor to protect them from wear and accidental catching by foot traffic. As a bonus, transition strips can add an element of safety by being a visible alert that there is a change in the height or firmness of the floor surface.
2. What type of flooring do you have?
The first step, in selecting a transition strip is identifying which type of flooring material is on either side of the transition. Are you going from a soft surface to hard (carpet to hardwood, LVP, laminte, tile, etc..)? Or hard surface to hard surface? Are the heights of the two surfaces the same or different? The material and height of the connecting surfaces will help determine which transition piece will be best for your floors.
3. What type of transition strip do you need?
There are many different standard types of transition strips available to finish your flawless flooring installation. Here are common types of strips that can conveniently complete your design plans:
- Reducers handle a thicker flooring such as hardwood meeting a thinner floor like luxury vinyl.
- A T-Mold (or T-Strip) such as the MS International Ashton T-Mold is designed to join hard surface floors of the same height.
- End molding gives a final edge to a flooring material surface instead of connecting to another floor surface.
- Carpet strips are specifically designed for carpet to transition to another flooring type, such as tile or vinyl, or provide an end to a carpet section with a carpet edge gripper.
- The Versatrim Kingsport Slim Cap can help transition between various flooring types such as laminate, vinyl, or hardwood to a soft surface like carpet.
- Tile strips are designed to transition to other flooring types typically higher or lower than the tile, such as laminate or vinyl.
- There are also adaptable strips that can be used in multiple scenarios. A 4 and 1 Transition strip has adjustable parts that can be interchanged for different flooring transitions. The Versatrim Kingsport Slim Trim is as versatile as the title suggests and can be used as a reducer, t-mold, or end cap transition strip.
- A stairnose creates an easy transition from the edge of a stair tread to the flooring.
When your project includes different flooring types coming together between rooms, an entryway, or any other kind of junction, the perfect transition strip will complete the job. Get in touch with our flooring experts today to discuss how you can bring your ideal blend of flooring types together in the masterpiece you envision!