Just be sure the wood on the other end of the room has room for thermal/moisture movement. In my foyer, they placed wood over existing linoleum. Thank a lot. Make a custom floor threshold that transitions from one elevation to the other. This can occur if you install a hardwood floor over an existing floor adjacent to a flooring material that will not be changing. Contractor says he can grind it in an arch 18″ out. Reply. Any thoughts as to the best way to make this transition? Would these factors point to safe implementation of this idea? For example, angle transitions from ceramic to hardwood like a fireplace hearth. Dawn – The best solution would be to remove the tile and cut it on a table saw. Aside from adding a sub-floor to the entire HW area (which is pricy)any suggestions on how to do the transitions. Total install depth can easily match 3/4″ wood. In the bathroom it sounds “squishy”. I need something in a pretty quick time frame. I will be running HW parallel to all transitions. Do you know any of these individuals? Good luck! I will be contacting contractor to see what can be done. This post is great! Since the rest of the kitchen floor is flat but not level, this self-leveled section will be out of the flatness specification for the installation of laminated wood flooring with respect to the rest of the kitchen floor. We will install new luxury vinyl tile and expect to have a height difference of a mere 2 mm between the existing hardwood and new tile. Most of the transitions I have installed come with a shaped strip that is fastened to the floor. Because the height is just above the already tiled dining area… the new already purchased close matching tile will be 3/4″ higher and a trip hazard. Suggestions opinions are highly appreciated. Lynn – Most likely the linoleum has an under-layment under it. The first problem is that like others have posted the flooring is much lower then the tile I have in the foyer. Wood reducer – I want to avoid this because I do not like the look of it. There’s about a 3 ft. diagnal. Is it possible that the kitchen has an additional layer of sub-floor or older flooring material under it? Started removing the carpeting in the dining room and great room and discovered they were 3/8″ lower than the tiled area. We don’t have any left of either. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Wood in the foyer now appears to be aprox 1″ higher than wood in living room and hall. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. Transition strips do not bottom out; the leg of the "T" doesn't touch the floor. But to add to it, I have to flatten my kitchen subfloor which drops 3/4 inch from the first joist in the kitchen to the first joist in the dining room which is 16 inches wide and the length of the kitchen – 12 feet. There are several styles of transition strips made in different finishes. I have a more complicated tile and wood floor situation since we are using a floating wood flooring that butts up to tile (it’s on concrete). But thess compounds are leveling and not flattening. Tile is up and down, wood flooring is up and down and the Schleuter sticks up over both. Or do you think we have other options to help manage the situation. I’m torn on this one, I think you may find that the 1/8″ difference is so small that it doesn’t end up needing a transition. Metal transition strips do a great job of breaking up two different flooring materials while adding a classy accent. Stay on topic. or was this a DIY job? @ Lee – Maybe you could remove the concrete step and build a new wood one that would be easier to cover with the new flooring. Todd, I’m in desperate need of transition strip advice from a thick terra cotta mexican tile to stained concrete. – What do I need to do about thermal expansion space? Which do you agree with? Sounds like you may want to shim the entire hall up 3/16″ with a thin underlayment. A 4-in-1 transition strip is the Swiss Army Knife type of transition strip, with … Hello, Todd I just had hardwood installed throughout my house. If you were to remove the baseboard trim in those photos you would see a 1/2″ gap all around the room. This new wood curb would need to be slightly higher than the new floating floor. He seems reluctant to do this. I appreciate this post as I was unsure of how I would make that transition, and figure out how to make it less obvious. With a properly detailed transition (width to height) I would say you could absorb an inch comfortably. This would involve a few hours of work for an experienced carpenter. The railings can be removed and reinstalled or even replaced. T-molding transition strips have two lips to cover the edges of both surfaces, when flooring products differ no more than about 3/8-inch in height. Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read and answer my questions. I want to do a tile and hardwood flooring design in my living room. Tracy – Sounds like an interesting situation. I would estimate needing to remove 1/4 of each tile/each direction. I can’t figure out how to upload a picture, but I have one if you can show me how. Whether the material is wood, stone, carpet or another tray type, it is likely to be a difference in height between the two surfaces. I am thinking that putting in tile might work. There used to be carpet in the dining room so where the tile stops is a very thin gold transition piece that cannot come out, so how do I transition the tile and laminate. So if we were to put the ply wood under the dining room and kitchen laminate, when we got to the family room that flooring would be to low also. Why not leave a space and grout the space as I did? Thanks for your time! This is interesting. Installing Hardwood Against Tile Or Stone Floors. What I was wondering is when laying the tile, do I butt right up to the hardwood, or do I leave a grout gap. Is it mandatory to do a cased opening in this situation or will a grout line work fine for the transition? I am skeptical that I have done this incorrectly. Not really. I have the same problem as Val. Any ideas? Great topic, as I am in the midst of a kitchen remodel that will involve a new tile floor. T-Molding doesn’t work well if both surfaces are at different elevations. Is there another alternative? Similar to Don above. Should I use an elevation transition similaar to the shown in your article, Todd? I’ve seen it done both ways. My thinking was to take up the hardwood and carpet but the vinyl could stay down and laminate right over it. I am debating whether it will look good leaving the strip of tile (4 tiles across on the diagonal) where it is, or since this would be part of the living room (no separation) should be removed with the exception of a small area being left (foyer area) at the front door. You really need to make sure the two surfaces are flush or you’ll have a very nasty trip hazard at the top of your stairs. Also every DIY program on television has featured numerous programs on installing your own hardwood and tile floors. Ask you local lumber yard. I thought of adding travertine, ceramic or porcelain tiles to the foyer but am concerned that it will look “off” opening into the 3 wood floored rooms. Tammy – Sometimes You can buy a full thickness piece with just a bullnose on it. These cookies do not store any personal information. Or is this typical, and not so out of the ordinary? Yes, they got the subfloor to bend to drop 3/4″ between adjacent joists. I will be having 3/4 inch tall hardwood installed that will butt up against 1/2 high pre existing ceramic tile. What does your flooring guy say? Grout/caulk – The flooring height difference is too significant to pull this off without it looking funny or causing a trip hazard. Do you like your flooring? Lori – Well….they are both a bit correct. The ruined area is approx. Thanks Greg. Thanks Todd! I don’t plan to remove the tile and am thinking of installing vinyl over the existing tile. I want to have a uniform layer of vinyl luxury planks installed in the whole space. To the right, a half flight of stairs up to the main level of the house. Hello all, any suggestion would help in my situation. So I could put down some 1/4″plywood and with a little help from grout, the tile should come up level with the floor. There would be a large difference in height between the higher stairnosing and the lower cork floor. Or should I rip out the existing kitchen flooring plus the subfloor? Everything I’ve found is in the 4-6ft range. (which I understand may be thicker than a standard 12×12 tile). There’s so much movement in the wood that the grout ends up cracking. I think your suggestion would work better. What thickness is it? They will end up being 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch higher than the previous floors. They said they will mill down when they sand and place stain. Is this the best way to transition to the tile in the kitchen my only concern is whether this will look good once we have the hardwood on ever stair except for the top step! Anybody have a suggestion? Hi Todd: I am having pre-finished hickory floors installed this month in my living room, dining room and hallway. You should build a wood threshold. Most building codes only allow a small deviation in rise from one step to the other. Anything more than that becomes noticeable and a trip hazard. Have thought about just butting threshold up against it and doing it that way however you can still see the silver strip. Metal door won’t be that easy. I plan to pull out the carpet, but want to raise the concrete floor to the level of the tile so that I can install the vinyl planks over the tile. Any lumber yard worthy of the name ‘Lumber Yard’ will be able to order longer pieces. with the door you are leaving a gap if you do it correctly. Place weighted objects on top of glued down transitions to ensure adequate contact with subfloor. They placed over linoleum but it is very thin. Having engineered wood put down along with new tile in bath they are putting a t-molding at the transition…. Would some sort of caulk be more durable/flexible? Almost always this type of custom reducer will be made out of solid stock and then finished to match as close as possible. You can find many of these transition pieces at: Online Floor Transition Pieces. 20 attractive solid Hardwood Flooring Cost, 16 Popular Manny Hardwood Floors Bridgeport Ct, 16 Lovely How Much Does It Cost to Have Hardwood Floors Refinished, 29 Fabulous atlanta Hardwood Floor Refinishing Cost, 16 Fabulous How to Repair and Refinish Hardwood Floors, 27 Lovely Hardwood Floor Installation Cost Denver, 28 Amazing O Cedar Hardwood Floor Mop Refill, 23 Wonderful Hardwood Flooring Pictures In Homes, what color floor goes with white cabinets. So what I prefer to do us install a transition piece followed by one piece of the wood flooring parallel to the transition piece. The rooms will be used constantly and we do not want opening floor higher. If the flooring is pre-finished you’ll need to touch that up after ripping down the transition. What do you think is the best thing to do to make the transition seamless between the hardwood and tile when there is 3/8″ of a height difference between the two floors? Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. So I have been installing Bellawood, by gluing it down to the floor. Can you please suggest to me how I can raise the concrete floor below the carpet to bring it up to the level of the tile. There will be a difference of appx 1/2″-3/4″ from concrete to tile. Do you have any photos of this? So the stairwell is roughly 6 feet wide and 8 feet long, and creates an L shaped opening in the floor. Where I am laying down the new hardwoods, there used to be carpet. It’s an oak floor. I can send a picture if needed. My grandmother’s name was Mary, my father’s name was Carter William, I had a cousin named Patricia, an aunt named Ruth. Only the front entry will remain in the 1/4″ tile. Also, a doorway transition where the running boards are perpendicular to a doorway. Question: should there be a difference of this much in height between floors. I almost sure it is the tongue side though. I would be most grateful for any feedback you are willing to supply. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Replacing the flooring completely is not an option. I’d go with the one that looks best. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. I was planning to cover the entire living area on the first floor of my home with laminate. I pulled carpet from my LR that connects to my DR. The tile was most likely installed over the top of the tile transition strip. I also noted these compounds, when used on wood subfloor require ‘plastering mesh’ to be applied which will add thickness to what I am doing. I asked the installer about slightly sloping the concrete to the tile and he said he’s done this before and it looks unfinished. 1. I need to transition from a tile kitchen to a hardwood dining room. It really comes down to preference. New addition concrete floor is almost 3/4″ higher than the beautifully tiled room it flows into. The other side of the threshold could be dado’d to the right height to lay on top of the wood. It’s 3/4″ to the subfloor, and the tiles I like are 3/8″. Tear out all the 3/8″ underlayment where the tile was. Did you try it? The issue is the front door that opens into the apartment. The method in which the transitions are fixed can also vary. Can you cut a custom transition? I was going to use self-leveling mortor, but that will pour level and flat. Yes, floor transitions are often botched because they are the last step of the flooring process (absent the shoe molding); therefore, many of us rush the process. Gary – I’ve used the sanded color matched caulking before with good results. @ Tim – Why not install a narrow piece of additional hardwood between where the hardwood should stop and the existing carpet, re-install the metal transition, then when they change carpet some day they can take out the small piece of wood and install the carpet to where it belongs? With advancements and innovations in home layout in addition to broadening creativity and design, floor tile flooring concepts now exceed the washroom and also the cooking area. I confused the issue by discussing the living room, so let’s leave it out of the discussion. The strip is supported on both sides by the lips, and held in place with nails. Ramping or shimming the last board wont work on areas with big height differences….. Christine – This is such a common problem and one that crops up when price is an issue. Do you have any suggestions on how to properly cut the parquet tiles without completely disrupting them/ruining them? I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. @ Karen – Not sure, never seen it done. Vlad – I’m having a hard time understanding all your constraints. The wood floor transition between the floor coverings of design when you can have to install a wood floors frequently installers are designed to carpet vinyl and wood floor coverings of the transition strip solid. Vicki & Gregg – First off your hardwood should run parallel to the hall walls. And carpet how a onepiece wood in uncategorized style houses flooring wood grain woods attractive appearance. Best Tile To Wood Floor Transition Ideas. The height of the tile is 5/8″ so the wood is 1/8″ higher…what can I do? I would really rather have a flat transition between the tile and hardwood, but don’t want to do anything that will mess up my very expensive floors. How To Insulate Basement Walls Insulating a basement properly is rather challenging in cold climates. My question is what happens when I get to the top of the stairs – (the stairs enter into the kitchen area) the kitchen is tile. Do you think that would be okay? I’ll talk to my installer about putting a chamfer on top edge. The Z-Bar Transition. Have a slate entry and putting in hardwood on adjoining living room with door between. The instructions are as follow: Ensure that there is a 1/2 inch gap between the wood and tile sections exposing bare floor. Any drawback for affecting existing hardwood with T molding since this is a small lip. Point taken about the trip hazard. You might need to do it over every couple of years. Are both surface going to be level? Do you wish it was easier to cleanse? Hello Todd, We would like to install hardwood floors in our hallway but the transition from tile (in kitchen) to hallway (leading to bedrooms) is a tough one since there’s unparallel wall-ends. The hallway runs to left, with an open railing about 3 feet. When you're working on a concrete floor, the installation of transitions is different from the way it's done on a typical subfloor installation. @ Diana – Thanks for stopping by the site. Jul 8, 2015 - Explore Monique Ruiz's board "Transition strip from tile to wood" on Pinterest. What options can you propose for me to flatten the 16 inch wide by 12 feet long section of my kitchen floor (adjacent to my dining room) that slopes from zero incles to 3/4 inches in the 16 inch width since the builder bowed the subflood between the adjacent joists that have a 3/4 inch hieght difference. If we bring the hardwood out all the way so that it is parallel to the hallway instead of angling it, the hardwood would be splitting two tiled rooms (kitchen & family room). I am putting laminate wood flooring down in my dining room and also thru the kitchen. I am noticing that on various joints, the two planks come together, and dip down at the seam. Any suggestions? The tile floor is close to 1/2″ higher so a simple T doesn’t work. I presently have part carpet and part ceramic tile over a concrete subfloor in the lower level of my home. By clicking on 'Accept' or continuing to use this website, you agree that cookies can be placed. Do I use a grout between tile and wood? Thanks. Justin – From the sounds of it you already know that there are two solutions. I agree, the tricky part is getting the heights close. Thanks so much, Feel free to email me todd “at” frontstepsmedia “dot” com. 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