How to Install Floor Transitions


In interior design, areas and rooms can sometimes be divided and separated by different floor treatment. This method allows two or more spaces to blend into one, but at the same time keep their distinct characteristics. Because floors can be different not just in color and texture but in material as well, they are often not even the same height. That is what floor transitions are for: to seamlessly blend diverse types of floors into one unobstructed surface. Other than that, they also serve as an aesthetic boundary and a functional anti-chip edge for the floors.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Brush
  • Cleaning solution
  • Cloth
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Measure the length of the border between the two types of floors you want to connect. Purchase the materials according to these measurements. You will need a trim track and a piece of decorative molding that have the same length. Note that the types of floors, if they are not exactly the same height, will determine the type of the molding shape. In that case, the molding will have one side slightly more sloped to meet the lower floor.

  • Allow a small gap, approximately 1 1/8 inches wide, between the two types of floors.

  • Clean both floor edges to prevent dirt or dust being caught under the floor transition strip once it's installed. Use a mild cleaning solution and then use a clean cloth to dry both surfaces. If one of the floors is a carpet, simply brush off any loose dirt or dust.

  • Position the trim track at the bottom of the gap between the two floors. Try the trim track in different positions by testing how the molding will fit into it and then cover both floor edges. When you find the right position for the trim track, mark it with a pencil.

  • Install the trim track in its place by nailing it into place on the subfloor. Use screws or nails depending on the type of subfloor you have. If your subfloor is wood, use 1/2 inch screws. If it is concrete, use nails for concrete and a cement adhesive all along the bottom side of the trim track.

  • Click the decorative transition molding into the trim track. Start from one side and carefully push it into the track as you go along.

Tips & Warnings

  • When choosing the type of molding that goes over the trim track, check out the different colors, widths and textures to get the best possible fit with both of the floors.
  • Be very careful when installing a floor transition strip and wear protective gloves and goggles while nailing it into place.

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