In a perfect world, flooring would be seamless from room to room. Your hardwood would flow continuously from living room to bedroom to kitchen to bathroom. In the real world, you cannot help but transition from one flooring type to another, because different rooms need different types of flooring.
Seams Between Two Floors of the Same Material
If you are transitioning from one type of flooring to the same type, you probably do not need a transition at all; you may be able to butt one floor against the other.
Seams Between Floors of Different Materials
If you are dealing with two different types of floor coverings, a transition strip is required. Most homeowners think they want invisible transitions. But visible transitions are safer because the person walking toward them can see and anticipate the change in elevation better.
Carpet to Ceramic Tile
Transition strip that joins low-pile carpet to the ceramic tile floor. First, an aluminum strip is laid down. Upward protruding spikes grip the carpet. On the other side, the ceramic tile butts up against this aluminum track but does not attach to it. Finally, a vinyl transition strip is snapped into the track, bridging both floors.
4-In-1 Transition Strip
4-in-1 strip has interchangeable parts that work for different types of floors. Multi-floor transition strips aim to please everybody. In one product, you get four different types of transitions. They transition from like level to like level, as well as different levels.
From Any Hard Surface to Another Hard Surface
T-shaped transition strip that connects any like-height hard surfaces. T-shaped strips will work between any two hard surfaces (stone, ceramic, wood, laminate, etc.), where both are the same height. The strip inserts in very narrow seams between floor coverings. The top “reveal” area lies low – closer to the floor coverings than any other type of transition strip.
Tile to Laminate
Transition strip that connects the laminate floor to tile floor, with the appearance of the strip matching the laminate. Ceramic tile tends to be higher than laminate. Both rest on underlayments, but tile has the addition of thin-set mortar, which raises it beyond laminate flooring.
Wood Floor to Wood Floor
Called seam binders, these wide transition strips are flat and bridge two wood floors of equal heights. The screws drill in between the two-floor coverings so that the seam binder will be loose and not attached to the floor coverings – allowing expansion and contraction.
Vinyl to Tile
A strip that aesthetically matches your vinyl flooring, which transitioning upward to ceramic floor. Much like the tile-to-laminate strip, this one reduces from a higher covering to a lower covering.
Carpet Edge Gripper
Carpet grippers hold the edge of the carpet with sharp metal teeth. They transition to any surface that is below the carpet. Another type of transition strip for carpet is the edge gripper. The gripper is tacked to the subfloor, and then the edge of the wall-to-wall carpet is forced into the gripper section.