Metal transition strips join two types of flooring together to provide a smooth transition between the two materials. Transition strips are available in different material types, with metal transitions being the most common when joining vinyl-flooring materials. Metal transitions usually mount to the substrate with screws, but it is also acceptable to glue them into place. It is common when using two types of flooring material to join them in doorways. By placing the transition or floor joint in a doorway, the door covers the transition when it is closed.
Ceramic and stone tiles combine elegance, durability, and easy-maintenance which make them a highly sought after floor covering. Increasingly popular today are wood-look tile floors, which mimic the warmth of natural wood, but with increased durability and without the worry of damage from water spillage. Ceramic tile, no matter the style, adds value to a home or building, while allowing complete versatility in terms of design. When properly installed, a tiled floor is practically indestructible, and unlike carpet, vinyl, or laminate flooring which have to be replaced periodically, properly installed tile can last a lifetime. To protect the integrity of your investment, tiles need to be protected from multiple angles: from underneath, at perimeters and transitions, and within large expansions. The key to building a floor that lasts lies between the structure of the floor and the bed of tiles on top.
However if you want the flooring throughout your home to look seamless and smart then planning the transitions from room to room and from flooring type to flooring type is definitely something you will want to spend some time planning. In this Home Flooring Pros guide we will walk you through the different types of transition strips available and which flooring type they typically used with. Here is an overview of your common transition strip options, what types of flooring projects each is used in, prices and examples of each from leading home improvement retailers.