How to Install Tile to Laminate Floor Transition Molding How to Install Tile to Laminate Floor Transition Molding

What You'll Need
1/4 inch Masonry bit
1/4 inch wooden dowels
Transition strip
Transition track
Cutting tool

Learning how to install tile to laminated flooring transition molding may be an effective way to define your space. Installing tile can give your home a brand new look and cost about half the price of other flooring types. The installation is simple for any do-it-yourself enthusiast and can be as easy as snapping the boards together like a jigsaw puzzle. But what do you do to make the transition from one room to another, especially for areas that may share functions like a kitchen dining area, where you may want to easily define one space from another? Transition molding may be the answer. You can even add a slightly different paint scheme or a Japanese panel. This tutorial will guide you through installing tile to laminated flooring transition molding.

Step 1) Choose Your Style

Choose a transition track that will go with the flooring you are installing. You can even choose a different color or material to mix things up a bit. Transition molding is a decorative item.

Step 2) Measure

Measure the length you need your molding to be and use a saw or tin snips to cut it to the correct length. Sandpaper any rough edges.

Step 2) Measure the Cut Pattern

Place the track and use the pre-cut holes to mark where you will be drilling. You can use a pencil for this.

Step 3) Drill Holes

Using the masonry bit, drill at your marks 1 1/2 inch down.

Step 4) Use Wooden Dowels

Using your hammer, tap the wooden dowels into the holes you just drilled. The dowels will need to be flush with the floor, so you will have to use a flat head screwdriver to chip them down, if needed. They will not show, so do not worry if they are ugly or rough.

Step 5) Place the Track

Place your track and line it up with the holes you drilled. You should be able to screw or nail it into place using the dowels for the screws to bite into.

Step 6) T Molding

Measure the doorway you will be installing the molding in. You may wish to measure it a little big so you can avoid the door stop area.

Step 7) Mark for the Doorstop

You will need to cut the T-molding to allow for the door stop. The easiest way to do this is by turning the T-molding on its side and using a pencil to show where to cut.

Step 8) Cut the T Molding

Use your saw to cut the T-molding for length and to allow for the door stop. Use sandpaper to smooth out the rough edges.

Step 9) Install the Molding

The T-molding is installed by pressing it into place along the track. Start at one end and work your way across until complete. You can use a piece of scrap lumber and the hammer to really get a good set.


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