How to transition between 2rooms when gap is wider than standard 2“ ” t molding strip laminate


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 of remodeled homes, you cannot help but transition from one flooring type to another, because different rooms need different types of flooring. For example, the Brazilian Cherry works great in the living room, but you must transition to porcelain in the bathroom due to moisture issues.

Seams Between Two Floors of the Same... Material

If you are transitioning from one type of flooring to the same type (i.e., ceramic to ceramic), you probably do not need a transition at all; you may be able to butt one floor against the other.

Even so, seams are often incorporated between rooms of "like" materials to provide for expansion and contraction. Thus, a transition strip would be needed in these cases.

Seams Between Floors of Different Materials

If you are dealing with two...

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When you install laminate flooring in two adjacent rooms, you're left with a threshold joint where the two installations meet. A strip of t-molding, short for transition molding, can cover this joint elegantly and securely. The exact process for installing t-molding depends on what your subfloor is made of and whether you can nail a track to it.


T-molding may be made of wood, metal or PVC. Although the product's name doesn't refer to its shape, t-molding is in fact t-shaped, with a wide, flat top like the arms of a capital "T" and a narrower stem that fits into a gap between two laminate planks. The flat top, which has beveled edges, then covers the joint, filling the hole and transitioning smoothly between the two rooms. Some t-molding is installed directly into the gap between the planks, while other products come with a track that you install first.

Floating Floors

Regardless of the type of subfloor you have, it's important to attach the...

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How to make a transition between different rooms: a step-by-step guide.

For this job, all you need is a bevel tool and a saw.

A smooth wooden floor transition between two rooms is the key to a professional result.

First, choose the direction of your floorboards and start the process in the first room. Start installing your floor in the first room. Don’t know how or where to start? Make sure to watch our other tutorials first.

When you reach the doorway to the other room, carry on installing across the whole width of the room. Keep going for three extra rows before turning around and filling out the remaining space of the other room.

When you have fitted both sides of the wall splitting both rooms, you can finish the installation on the other side

Need more tips? Take a look at the other Pergo...

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Laminate flooring is one of the least expensive floor coverings available. Often referred to as a floating floor because it does not attach to the sub floor, the material is a snap to install. When laminate flooring is used in conjunction with other types of flooring, a transition strip is needed to cover the expansion joint between the two surfaces. Several types of transitions are available to accommodate different flooring applications. Although they generally install the same, you must choose a transition that is suited for your application needs. Doorways are the most common areas that require a transition strip.


Choose a transition designed to connect your new laminate floor to your existing floor. If your existing floors are tile, you must choose a transition suited for that type of flooring. The correct type of transition is crucial to achieve a professional look.

Remove any dirt or debris from the expansion joint.

Measure the...

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Laminate Moulding (Transition) Selection

The use of the proper laminate moulding or “molding” covers the expansion gap and gives your laminate flooring that finished look. The expansion gap reduces the opportunity for future floor failure. There is a variety of laminate moulding and transitions. T-Molding, Stair Nose, Reducer Strip, Quarter Round, Threshold and Wall Base. Always read the manufactures installation instructions to determine where and type required.

“T” Style Transition

T- laminate moulding (molding) is used in doorways or entryways to finish the space between two pieces of laminate flooring. T-Molding is also used when your room is longer or wider than a manufacturer allows for their style of laminate flooring. When working in an area where you have two floor surfaces that are nearly the same height T-Molding is the usual choice. T-Molding can also be used for laminate to carpet transitions.

Reducer Transition

Reducer laminate...

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Transition strips probably aren’t the first things you think of when planning your new flooring project, they hardly get the heart racing! However if you want the flooring throughout your home to look seamless and smart then planning the transitions from room to room and from flooring type to flooring type is definitely something you will want to spend some time planning. In this Home Flooring Pros guide we will walk you through the different types of transition strips available and which flooring type they typically used with.

Different Types of Transition Strips

Here is an overview of your common transition strip options, what types of flooring projects each is used in, prices and examples of each from leading home improvement retailers.

T-Bar: These are typically metal transition strips such as aluminum or lightweight steel, but vinyl, composite and wood are used as well. Shaped like a T, they are used between two hard surfaces of the same height....

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When a portion of wall separating two rooms is removed or when an opening is made to create a passageway, sometimes the levels of the finished flooring on the two sides of the wall are different.

This occurs most frequently when the finished flooring of one room is different from the other, or when a floor has been refinished during a previous remodeling project.

For the sake of appearance and safety, it is desirable to create a uniform level or to provide an appropriate transition between the two levels.

The slightest mismatches in floor levels can create tricky steps that cause people to trip, perhaps because of the unconscious habit of lifting one's feet only a certain amount while walking. It is necessary to create a distinct visual transition between the two floor surfaces.

For example, a slight mismatch could exist when one part of a floor surface is finished with ceramic tile and the remainder with wood strips.

Ordinarily, the tile floor...

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Host: Jim Williams

Updated: 11/4/2013

Point blank: you need moldings, trim, and transition strips to finish your new flooring. A floor without moldings is like a painting without a frame... The look is unfinished and unpolished.

There are various laminate floor moldings available. Your use of laminate floor moldings will ultimately make your home more beautiful. The best thing about laminate floor moldings is that you can enhance your home's flooring and overall beauty at very little cost. With the use of the right laminate floor moldings, and your own creativity, your home will definitely look amazing.

How Do You Know What Type of Molding to Use?

When choosing the right laminate flooring molding, know that molding types don't vary too much in price. What you'll need to assess, however, is the area in which you are installing the molding. Ask yourself: "What existing molding was installed?", "Are the surface areas between rooms of the same...

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Thanks, i'll look into that. I have a place that builds cabinets right down the street.

I didn't measure well enough and my gap at the tile ended up being 2 3/16 inch! It went pretty smooth, but took us all day to do 300 sq feet. That included moving everything, ripping up the old, etc. Swiftlock 8mm laminate flooring was used and went together great, but they really need to do a better job in the quality control department. We had some 20 boards with a stain across one end of the planks. They were actually stuck together like the stain wasn't dry. Luckily I order 360 sq feet, so we had enough that we didn't need all those boards, plus we used a few to start the new row and just cut off the bad...

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What are transition strips?

Transition strips are used when you are joining together two different sections of a building, like offices and a hallway or an open area where flooring types change. They not only serve to make a more pleasing appearance between the two sections, but they also provide safety, adding a prevention measure to those who might trip over an exposed edge.

Transition strips can be made of many different materials, such as PVC, aluminum, stainless steel or bronze, depending on the look that the customer is going for and what the circumstances are for foot traffic or heavier equipment rolling over the area.

When are they needed?

Any area that joins together two different sections of a building or area can benefit from a transition strip. Transition strips are especially important when you are going from one thickness of floor covering to another.

It’s common to have an area that has thick carpet that transitions...

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While installing a beautiful new laminate floor like one from American Concepts, you’ll need to consider transition molding. It’s a critical detail that often gets overlooked.

In this article we explore what transition molding is, what it does, and what the various types are, including T-molding, which is sometimes used to refer to transition molding but which is actually a specific type.

What is a transition molding?
Think of the frame around a picture. The right frame properly made not only defines the picture but also protects the picture. It protects the edges of the picture; prevents dust from landing on the picture; protects users’ hands from being cut by glass; covers the gaps between the picture, the mat, the glass and the frame; provides structure to the picture; and ensures the picture’s longevity.

Transition moldings are a lot like that. They’re the finishing touch on a beautiful Swiss Krono USA laminate floor and preserve the floor’s structural...

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Buying advice and the tools you need

Floor board interlocking system

Snap-together floors have specially milled tongues and grooves that lock together tightly when joined when installing laminate flooring.

The flooring we’re using for installing laminate flooring is similar to snap-together plastic laminate floors except that it has a surface layer of real wood. The 5/16-in. thick flooring has specially shaped tongues and grooves that interlock to form a strong tight joint without glue or nails. Once assembled, the entire floor “floats” in one large sheet. You leave a small expansion space all around the edges so the floor can expand and contract with humidity changes.

The cost of wood veneer floors (often called engineered wood floors) varies, depending on the species and thickness of the top wood layer. Most home centers sell a few types of snap-together floors but you’ll find a better selection and expert advice at your local flooring retailer. You...

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Thanks for the reply. Yes this is laminate. It's a 14mm laminate with pad attached. I guess if I had known for sure that we would be installing carpet and laminate at the same time I would have discussed my options with both people at the same time. My wife made the call after the laminate was installed.

When the carpet guy was doing the install, I asked if he needed to leave room for the t-molding. He said no that this should still work. Having not done any type of flooring of any kind, i took him at his word. After doing some more research, I can't see how this will work.

Would you suggest that I cut the carpet back, install another tack strip and stretch the carpet under the t molding? How much of a gap should I leave between the tack strip and the laminate? Looks like I may have to be installing the t molding myself so I am looking to this forum for help. Thanks...

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The first thing you need to do in you update function is to create a new data array the fills in the missing values for your position variable, while leaving the value variable undefined. Something like:

var data = [/* Your original data table */]; //results of d3.tsv or whatever you use var posRange = d3.max(data, function(d){return d.pos;}); //get the max and min pos values as a two-element array var dataWithGaps = new Array(posRange[1] + 1 - posRange[0] ); //i.e., length of the array is the difference in position, //plus 1 to include the last position //(eg for positions 2-5 you need 4 elements 2,3,4,5, which is 5+1-2 var j=dataWithGaps.length; while (j--){ //count down the length of the new array dataWithGaps[j] = {pos:posRange[0]+j, value:NaN}; //create a valid position and undefined value } j=data.length; while (j--){//scan through the data and copy over d = data[j]; dataWithGaps[d.pos-posRange[0]].value = d.value; //find the correct index in the...
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