Handling Wood to Tile Transitions or Carpet to Tile Transitions
There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when they are faced with how to mediate a flooring transition from one material to another, such as hardwood to tile, carpet to tile, or laminate to tile or natural stone. If remodeling by sections (and not doing an entire ground-up tear-down or starting with new construction) there will often be different floor-heights for each flooring material in addition to the basic decision about how to visually “end” and cap material A, and start material B. Foremost a design aesthetics issue, flooring transitions are also a functional issue.
Achieving a same-height or “flush” transition between flooring materials requires pre-planning and possibly extra construction expense. If additional construction isn’t an option, planning and decisions will still be required in deciding what kind of “sloped transition strip” or “threshold” will mitigate your flooring transition.
With a little creativity and planning discussions with your installer, you should be able to pleasantly solve any flooring transition problem!
Considerations when transitioning flooring from tile to wood or some other material include: aesthetics, location of install, install techniques, underlayment, thickness of materials, thin set application, floor height variations, and order of install. Each of these considerations is addressed below: