You might not think about floor transitions when you plan a home remodel. You’re probably caught up in the vinyl-vs.-laminated debate, trying to decide if carpet is too risky for you messy family, or choosing the right tile. We understand! We get it!
What does floor transitions actually mean? You can think of the classic threshold as a raised area that you step on when you enter a room. We would see frayed edges of carpet running across unfinished hardwood planks and tile grout if there were no floor transitions. Thresholds, the object and the word themselves, are derived from medieval farmhouse floors that were covered with straw and hay. They knew that the wind would blow away the debris (thresh), so they secured planks to the bottom of the doorway in order to keep it out. This is how the “threshold” was born.
Although our floors are cleaner than medieval farmhouses’, floor transitions are still essential when moving between floors.
No longer are all rooms in the house required the same floor type. You can have options that meet your needs in every room of your home. There are likely to be at least three floor types. Each one requires a transition.
There are many floor transition strips available that can be used to safely switch between different flooring types.
While your first instinct might be to choose a floor transition that isn’t too obvious to not distract from your floors, there are benefits to clearly marking floor transitions. Floor trims can trigger toddler trips. However, for more experienced walkers, a clearly marked floor transition will help us to anticipate changes in flooring texture and elevation. This will keep us from tripping.
Moving between Floors at Different Heights
A door transition that holds the carpet in place and adjusts for height will be required when a carpet to tile transition is planned. Vinyl or hardwood floor transition strips are available. The latter can be stained to match the adjacent floor.
Transition strips are available to seamlessly transition between tile and laminate flooring in Wellington. These strips have moulding that matches the thickness of the flooring so you can easily moonwalk from one room to the next. The right floor trim can smoothen even uneven floors.
Moving between Floors of the same Height
These days open floor plans are very popular. This means that you may need a different transition from the traditional threshold for your doors between floors. These are some ways to do it:
- Perpendicular Planks: Usually, it takes just a perpendicular tile or wood plank to create a smooth transition. However, if the floors are equal in height, you have more design options.
- Accent Borders A thin accent border can be used to ease the transition between different types of floors. You can make this border from the same material as the floor, or add an accent with bold or mosaic tiles.
- Interlocking floors: You can also make a transition from tile to wooden flooring, or a wood-like lookalike, by cutting your wood floors so that they interlock with the edges. This can be done with any type of tile, including square, rectangular, hexagonal and even scalloped.