Transition strip


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 to concrete or...

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Perhaps the most difficult part of tiling a room is figuring out how to transition from tile floor to a carpeted one in an adjacent room. Leaving the edges of the ceramic tile or carpet exposed is not only unsightly, but also poses a trip hazard. Installing a wooden transition strip between the carpet and tile solves the problem and dresses up the joint. The underside of the strip has a lip on either side, with one sitting on top of the carpet, while the other sits on the tile. Transition strips can be made of pine, oak or poplar, and are available natural or stained to match the home's trim.

Measure the length of the joint between the carpet and tile with a tape measure. For example, if the transition is to be in a doorway, measure between the doorjambs along the floor.

Cut the transition strip with a miter saw. You can use a hand saw, but a miter saw will give perfectly square ends. If necessary, cut notches at the ends of the transition strip with a coping saw to...

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A parquet flooring transition is the small strip that covers the transition of flooring from one room to the next. Either from parquet to parquet, or parquet to carpet, vinyl or tile. This transition strip will get a lot of traffic and abuse, so it is very important to make sure that you install it correctly. Use this article as your guide to installing a sturdy and durable transition strip.

Items included with Transition Strip:

Anchors Screws End Cap Reducer Metal Rail

Step 1 - Measure and Mark

The first step in installing a transition strip is to measure the opening or doorway where you will be using it. When purchasing the transition strip, make sure you buy a strip that gives you extra length to work with, that way you have some wiggle room for mistakes. Using your tape measure, measure the distance across the opening. Once you have your measurement, use the hacksaw to cut the metal rail to the specified length. Once the metal strip is cut, lay it...

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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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For transitions between any type of flooring, from parquet to carpets, PVC to tiles or for matching heights at door sills,threshold & transition profiles ensure that the join is perfect. They can be adapted for height differences and cover up any gaps with elegance. Threshold and transition profiles also provide a harmonious transition between differing types of floor and can be used as floor dividing and joint cover strips. The junction profiles are available in a variety of designs and materials including aluminium,stainless steel,brass, mdf and wood and can be used for all types of flooring: parquet, laminate, tiles, carpets or linoleum.Wood moulding trims are available in prefinished and...

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Expert: John Michaels - 5/19/2009


QUESTION: Recently installed 18" vinyl tile in the kitchen. I have two doorways where the tile meets hardwood flooring. I have purchased an eight foot transition strip because that is what the sales person recommended. My problem is I don't know which way to position the strip. The strip is kind of a v shape with holes on the wider side. Can you help?

ANSWER: Hi Ed;Usually at a tile/hardwood juncture, one flooring is slightly higher, requiring a transition strip that meets both floorings at various heights. Some people want a transition strip to match the hardwood. Others want to match the vinyl. Others don't care and just want color. There are so many options open to you that you may not want to be limited to one choice. Visit the websites of,
for both vinyl and hardwood transition strips and look through their offerings. Also visit the website of,
and see if their model #1818 is of interest. When you use...

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Finding the right flooring transition for a seamless look in your home can be tricky. When dealing with tiling and carpet, you have two completely different materials that have different dimensions and long-term wear differences. You have to consider the height of the different flooring options, which could cause a person to trip if not accounted for. Plus, you want to make sure the transition is careful rather than clumsy; a lazy overlap just won't cut it. And, if the flooring is installed at different times, you've got even more of a challenge to make the transition look natural and flawless.

Here are a variety of options that can help you overcome some of the challenges of carpet-to-tile transitioning.

1. The Tuck-in Method

This is the method that is most often used for transitioning from carpet to tile. In this method, you make use of the often-used carpet helper, the tack strip.

It is highly recommended that you lay the tiling before you install...

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The extra wide floor threshold carpet door bar - cover strip with a smooth surface joins two bordering floors, covers the large gap and the irregularities. The large floor threshold carpet door bar - cover strip secures an aesthetic floor transition.

The extra wide threshold carpet door bar - cover strip bridges one flooring surface to another one e.g. tile flooring to marble. The carpet hreshold door bar - cover strip masks the unpleasant ridged edges of both bordering floors and the broad breach
in between.

The floor threshold carpet door bar is specially suitable for areas which withstand heavy foot traffic.

The carpet threshold door bar - cover strip is presented with anodized coatings in various colours in satin matt,
polished bright or chemically brightened finish.
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OMEGA "TJ" Transition Joint probes typically have a metal sheath that "transitions" to a lead wire for connection to your readout. Omega offers a wide array of styles and types to meet almost every application

It's the easiest way to sort through our selection of thermocouples to find the right product for your application
Thermocouple Probe - Molded Transition Joint Probes with PFA Insulated Lead Wire
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By Todd Fratzel on Flooring

Floor Transitions

I’d like to share some thoughts on how to transition hardwood and tile floors. Hardwood Flooring has become a very popular DIY project for many home owners. Also every DIY program on television has featured numerous programs on installing your own hardwood and tile floors.

So you might ask why I’m focusing on the floor transition? The answer is simple, I’ve seen so many DIY flooring projects in homes that look really great except for one detail, the floor transition looks awful.

Recommended Reading

Complete Flooring (Stanley Complete) (Paperback)

Whether you’re installing solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, laminate, or tile the issues are all the same. You really need to plan the floor transitions before you start any flooring installation. There are several basic issues that arise at the floor transitions.

You can find many of these transition pieces at: Online Floor...

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