Hello, everyone! I think it’s safe to assume that you’re enjoying the Fall festivities. We just finished up with the horrors of Halloween, and now, we have my favorite holiday around the corner — Thanksgiving. I don’t know about you all, but I throughly look forward to engorging myself with about two or three plates of delicious turkey, triple-layered macaroni & cheese, fresh, homegrown green beans, and about 12 other different side dishes. Probably going to have to wear sweatpants this year, just saying. Anyway, let’s get to the topic at hand. Today, I’d like to discuss how to properly, and effectively, execute flooring transitions from room to room. Transitions such as, through a doorway, to a different style (not type) of flooring, and then finally to another type altogether. Before we start, there’s one thing I need to emphasize. Two words: Transition strips. These are vital to flooring transitions, so keep them in mind. We’ll go into detail about those later. For now, let’s begin with our first transition.
Flooring Transitions Through a Doorway
If you’re a DIYer, and you’ve never performed this task before, I’m sure you’ve asked yourself how you’re supposed to work around the door frame/casing. For all intensive purposes, I’d like you to see this little bump in the road as an obstacle, just like cutting around a cabinet. Laying the board underneath the jambs will hide the gaps between the edges of the door and door frame.
To do this, you’ll first have to cut the bottoms of the jambs with a jigsaw (or handsaw), just enough to slide a piece of flooring under. Then notch around the edging. Simple as that. Note: You may have to pull the casing out a bit, so you can click the flooring together underneath. Not too much of a hassle, though. Also, this is merely if you’re transitioning from one room to another using the exact same flooring. Let’s see how to execute a flooring transition using the same type — like laminate — but different style.
Flooring Transitions to a Different Laminate Floor
To be honest, there isn’t much different in these kinds of flooring transitions than the one above, providing that each is the same thickness and has the same locking technique. There’s simply one added element. So, you’ll want to make sure that your transition from one floor to another is set right in the middle between the door. All you’ll do is simply change the boards in the middle of the doorway and continue your installation with the other flooring in the other room. But, if you just leave the gap in the middle of the door, from one piece to the different one, it’ll look weird, right?
This is where the transition strip, or T-strip, comes into play, Essentially, this is just a long piece of inverted trim that sets in the middle of the doorway and acts as the gentle punctuation of style from room to room. A nice, calm pause if you will. It looks best to install this piece right in the center of the doorway or aligned with the front edge.
Flooring Transitions to Other Types of Flooring
Flooring to carpet, flooring to tile, these are the flooring transitions that have a few variables attached to them. To properly execute this transition, one must first look at the thickness of each type. Then you’ll get what’s called a reducer T-strip. This strip prevents toes from catching on the height different between the two flooring types. Can’t have anyone falling into a room now, can we?
Like the aforementioned, the vex between the reducer T will look best in the middle of the archway. But, be mindful of which side of the door you put it on. You should make sure that it’s on the side of the door that has the thinner flooring, so it can slope away from the door.
Flooring Transitions – Patterns
The above pretty much details how you should properly install one of these transitions, but I’d be remiss if we didn’t discuss the looks of the transition, as well. So, if you have a straight-lined floor, meaning you’ve measured the distance from one wall to the other in a room, outlined it to offset each piece (staggering), and you’d like to transition to a different pattern, be mindful of the pattern.
If you’re using the exact same flooring in each room, it’s best to not break up the pattern. The design ends up looking like a broken bit of chaos. No, instead use continuity. This will ensure a nice flow from room to room. Now, if you’re transitioning from flooring to tile or a different color or design of flooring, then you can get a bit creative with design! Just a little food for though, everyone. Alright, everyone. I hope this gave you a little bit of insight on how to effectively install flooring transitions! Just remember, the T-strip is key component to this process if you want a functional, eye-appealing transition from one room to another! Also, if you’re looking to install flooring in your house, we have dozens of premium choices, from Luxury Vinyl Tile to good, old-fashioned hardwood! Plus, we offer an excellent installation services, so don’t be afraid to pick up the phone – OR – just come on in! We’d love to help and answer any questions you may have! Hope to see ya soon. Until then, be safe and stay blessed!
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Written by: Chris Chamberlain