Laminate flooring is one of the least expensive floor coverings available. Often referred to as a floating floor because it does not attach to the sub floor, the material is a snap to install. When laminate flooring is used in conjunction with other types of flooring, a transition strip is needed to cover the expansion joint between the two surfaces. Several types of transitions are available to accommodate different flooring applications. Although they generally install the same, you must choose a transition that is suited for your application needs.
Guide to Floor Transition Strips
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In a perfect world, your flooring would flow seamlessly from room to room. Hardwood flooring, for example, would flow continuously from living room to bedroom to kitchen to bathroom. In the real world, however, you cannot help but transition from one flooring type to another because different rooms need different types of flooring. For example, the Brazilian cherry works great in the living room, but you must transition to porcelain in the bathroom due to moisture issues. To accommodate these shifts from one type of flooring to another, the flooring industry uses several different types of accessory items called transition strips.
How to Install Transition Strips
When you change from one flooring to another in a doorway, you usually need a transition strip to form the border between them. If the two types of flooring have different thicknesses, the transition strip can be tapered to prevent people from catching their toes on the higher side. Moreover, the strip provides a visually important straight edge on both flooring surfaces. You attach the transition strip with glue, nails or a special track that you screw to the subfloor. You need to plan for it by leaving a gap between the floor coverings.
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