How to Install Tile to Hardwood Floor Transition Pieces

  • 1 hours
  • Intermediate
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What You'll Need
Rubber-ended hammer
Transition strips
Metal scissors

You may want to do install tile to hardwood floor transition pieces to separate rooms, like a kitchen or bathroom from a hallway. The discreet transition piece allows the tile and hardwood floor to lie next to each other without gaps, cracks, or damage to either floor or even being noticeable. If you are planning a floor transition of this type, you should be able to complete this job yourself quickly and easily with the right materials.

Step 1 - Install the Flooring

If you have already got tile flooring installed in one section of the transition area, then you do not need to worry about this step. If you are installing both together, however, then it is a good idea to install the hardwood flooring first. Carefully lay out the flooring, and ensure that the wood is fitted tightly together.

As you approach the transition spot, make sure that you trim away any hardwood floor that extends into the other floor's space. Lay the flooring as close to the tiles as you can, leaving a small gap between the different types of floor. Install the flooring up to a spot between the two doorjambs where the transition strip will fit over both floors within the width of the doorjambs, saving the need to make some excentric cuts in the transition molding to wrap around the corner.

Step 2 - Install the Transition Piece

When purchasing a transition piece, take careful note of the different kinds so you buy one that is suitable for your requirements. Where the two floors are at different thicknesses, you will need to buy a transition strip with a notch or rabbet cut that will reach over to the higher floor thickness. You may find one which is suitable for tiles and flooring combinations, and this is probably the transition strip to go for. You will have a long bar, the transition track, along with a strip that will fit tightly over the top.

Lay your transition bar or track between your two floors, tapping it until it is virtually level with the floor transition. You should then screw the bar down onto the board (the hardwood is probably best for this, as you may damage tiles), as tightly as you can.

Step 3 - Install the Strip

Once you have the transition bar in place, then you can lay the strip over the top of the two tiles. Trim the strip using the scissors, so that it fits snugly against the walls, and then sand over the strip until it is completely level with both of the doors. You can then push the strip into the track, so that it is firmly in position, tapping the edge with your hammer to get the closest fit possible. Your floors should now be securely transitioned, and you will be able to walk on the strip as with any other part of the floor.