Intro to Room to Room Flooring TransitionsPrint
Intro to Room to Room Flooring Transitions
Unless you are simply using flooring in a single room, there is one thing that will take place in your flooring project. No matter what type of flooring you install, you will have to transition your floor covering into another room. While the seasoned flooring installer or contractor with a lot of experience would likely have no problems or concerns, for the newer DIY’er or for someone who hasn’t had much experience in this, it might lead to some issues without proper thought or planning. Let’s take a look at what floor transitioning is and what to look for when completing your floor transitions.
To begin with, we have to understand what floor transitions are. This is where you begin installing any type of flooring and come to a point that you will begin to enter into another room or you change flooring types. Transitions are needed to help maintain the flow of flooring materials as well as floor patterns found in the flooring materials throughout the entire project. With just a bit of planning, floor transitions can easily be done if you are changing the type of flooring that is being used from one room to the other, using some commercially available transitions that are specifically designed for this. However, if you are using the identical flooring through the project, careful considerations should be taken to enter other rooms.
A prime example of this would be if you are installing the flooring down a hall that will have several rooms located off of the hall. You will have to stop at each entrance to these rooms and carefully consider how to carry the flooring materials into the rooms. At times you will need to carry a reference point into each room before you move on to the next entrance-way. This is an important step in keep the materials and patterns flowing. With wood floors, proper consideration to the direction of the grain is given, with most grain going parallel to the hall walls, to be continued like that in the rooms off the hall. Aesthetically, this generally looks the best, however, you must also consider how it will look in the rooms as well, based on their size and flow.
Transitions can be accomplished in a few different fashions. One of the easiest transitions is when you are changing the flooring material type in each room. This can easily be done by installing a type of molding at the entrance of each door entering the rooms. Some transitions can easily be done without the moldings. If you are installing a tile floor for instance you can easily stop one type of tile at the entrance of another room. The transition can then be made to the next type of tile you will be using. In some cases, a completely different type of tile or decorative piece is used if of the same thickness for the transition, for instance a narrow boarder of a mesh backed river-rock, or a slim piece of the actual tile.
For hardwood floor transitions, generally the planks are set end to end in the doorway, and sometimes the planks of a different color. This is sometimes because the room was once carpeted, and the boards are newer than the originals, but it will still generally look good. On occasion, if replacement flooring is being used, the transition will need to be planed down, contoured, or tapered to bring one wood surface to the level of the other. These can also be commercially available.
Some types of flooring such as laminated flooring will have transition pieces that will be made of the same material and also the same patterns and colors which are being used. This makes the transitions merge from one room to the other easy.
Just remember to give careful thought to your floor transitions. They can be both functional and beautiful and can either be a focal point, or simply serve as a simple transition. Regardless of the type of flooring you are considering to use you will need to take the time to look ahead in the projects to see what type of transitions you will come across throughout the entire project. If you are not sure about the flooring transitions that will be in your project, take a visit to your local flooring provider and ask about the types of transitions that are available for each type of flooring material.