install wood flooring with or without separation between rooms

Reply

  #1  
Old 07-18-17, 09:50 AM
D
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 284
Received 1 Vote on 1 Post
install wood flooring with or without separation between rooms

I want to remove old carpet from the living/dining area and two bedrooms on one floor of my home and replace all of it with wood flooring, which would be Strand Woven Harvest 3/8 in. thick Click Lock Bamboo Flooring. A short hallway connects the living/dining area to doorways to the two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a closet.

One of the questions I've been pondering is whether the installation of the flooring show flow continuously from the hallway into bedrooms or have a break at the doorways with a transition strip to cover a gap between hallway and bedrooms. When I first thought of doing this project, I was thinking of installing the entire flooring area being covered with no breaks at doorways. But, more recently, I've been thinking of having breaks and then covering gaps at doorways with transition strips as being a better option.

One reason for having breaks at doorways is that I feel less need to get this entire project, i.e. all rooms, done at the same time. I also wonder about having this entire flooring area with a floating type of flooring all connected in one unit. Is that OK or not?

On the other hand, having no breaks and avoiding transition strips at doorways is how wood flooring is typically installed in new homes. And, not having the little bump attributable to transitions strips is appealing.
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 07-18-17, 10:16 AM
S
Banned. Rule And/Or Policy Violation
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: USA
Posts: 785
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
First of all, what's under the carpet? There may already be an existing wood floor.
 
  #3  
Old 07-18-17, 10:26 AM
M
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA - N.E.Tn
Posts: 47,649
Received 319 Votes on 283 Posts
Not all [or maybe even most] new homes have the flooring laid continuously. It's not uncommon to have a transition strip at the door ways. That helps to take care of any discrepancies in the house framing, rare for the entire house to be square. Once sanded and finished with the rest of the flooring there is no bump. Even with prefinished flooring there shouldn't be a noticeable bump.
 
  #4  
Old 07-18-17, 11:23 AM
D
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 284
Received 1 Vote on 1 Post
@ ShortyLong: The carpet has padding under it, which will, of course, be removed. But, no older flooring is beneath the carpet. In other words, when the carpet and padding are removed, the OSB subfloor will be exposed. I know this for sure; I'm the original owner of this property.

@ marksr: By "bump"., I did not mean an unevenness in flooring. I simply meant the presence of a transition strips such as TrafficMASTER 72 in. Tile to Laminate Hardwood Transition-18503 - The Home Depot I'm assuming a transition strip would be part of the completed installation if the flooring has breaks between hallway and bedrooms.
 
  #5  
Old 07-18-17, 12:15 PM
XSleeper's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 26,004
Received 673 Votes on 622 Posts
I don't mind seeing transitions at doorways but to each his own.
 
  #6  
Old 07-18-17, 01:34 PM
M
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA - N.E.Tn
Posts: 47,649
Received 319 Votes on 283 Posts
You don't have to use that type of transition strip, one piece of flooring turned 90 will also work and should be level with the rest of the flooring.
 
  #7  
Old 07-18-17, 04:44 PM
Marq1's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: USA MI
Posts: 6,538
Received 368 Votes on 343 Posts
So when I did my floors last year I went through the exact same decision, continuous throughout all the room or use a threshold piece of flooring (piece at 90 degrees, not a transition strip) and am very pleased with that decision.

I looked at homes with continuous, and liked the way that the flooring stopped at the door. I also found it to be much easier to install, not having to go across 3 rooms at once.

My wood also did not line up between rooms and as much as everybody said that would look terrible it;s not even noticeable.

Name:  20161227_105946.jpg
Views: 676
Size:  27.6 KB
 
  #8  
Old 07-18-17, 07:54 PM
czizzi's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 7,388
Received 14 Votes on 12 Posts
Any floating floor such as what you wish to install usually recommends a transition strip at doorways to help control expansion and contraction. Always default to the manufacturers recommendations. It is also easier to install your floor if you provide for these adjustments as the math involved in making all transitions work with all doorways can be tricky. Unlike a nail down floor, you can not easily change directions at thresholds to make or a contiguous lay. Transitions initially seem like a bother and an eyesore, but once you live with them for a couple of weeks, you will hardly notice that they are there.
 
  #9  
Old 07-19-17, 09:14 AM
Marq1's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: USA MI
Posts: 6,538
Received 368 Votes on 343 Posts
I understand, glazed over the floating floor vs my nail down

but once you live with them for a couple of weeks, you will hardly notice that they are there
An excellent observation, it's amazing how focused we can become on the most minor detail we find during installation that is never noticed by anybody!
 
Reply
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: