How to Install Carpet to Hardwood Floor Transition Molding

What You'll Need
Hammer and package of supplied nails-Metal transitions
Nail setter
Cordless drill or screwdriver with a Philips tip
Package of screws supplied with floor transition piece

When installing a tile floor up to a wood floor, a floor transition will be required to give your project a professionally finished look. There are a few different types of flooring transitions available. These basic types are then further divided into a variety of different styles, designs and sizes.

Flooring Transition Composition

There are two basic materials used in flooring transitions.

    1. Wood - There is a variety of wood types used: Ash, Birch, Oak, Walnut, Cherry among many others.
    2. Metal - Aluminum, tin and brass are the most common materials used in metal floor transitions.

      Different Types of Wooden Transitions

      There are a wide variety of types of wooden floor transition available. Some of what is available is listed below.

      • Narrow plain transition piece - This type is usually between 1 and 2 inches in wide and has no special designs in the wood.
      • Narrow designed transition - This type is also narrow, but there have been designs etched or carved into the wood.
      • Wide plain transition piece - This type is usually between 3 and 4 inches wide and again, has no designs on it. Just a clear varnish or lacquer.
      • Wide fancy transition piece-This piece will have designs etched or carved into the wood. Some of these designs may be fairly intricate. Clear varnish or lacquer may be used as a protectant. The transition piece may also be painted to give it more color.

      Metal Transition Pieces

      Besides the different types of metals in use, as well as the different colors available, there are a few types of metal transitions in use. These types follow:

      • Plain narrow transition piece - Like the wooden variety, this is just a plain piece of metal.
      • Narrow transition with designs - In the metal types, a design is just a pattern stamped into the metal.
      • Plain wide transition - Again, like the wooden variety, this is just a 3 inch wide piece of plain metal properly shaped.
      • Wide patterned transition piece - This is a 3 to 4 inch wide strip of metal with a pattern stamped into the metal.

      What is used to secure the transition depends on the material used in the construction of the transition piece and what was supplied with it. Metal pieces normally use colored nails and wooden pieces normally use colored wood screws.

      Step 1: Measure and Cut

      Measure the transition to be covered and very carefully cut the transition piece.

      Step 2: Secure in Place

      Lay the transition piece over the carpet and hardwood junction and secure using the method supplied with the transition. If using nails, use the nail setter to make sure the nails are properly set without scratching or denting the transition piece.

      This article has told you about the various types of floor transition available, as well as the materials used and the methods to install the transition properly.