Replacing Floors: Don’t Forget Thresholds

Flooring renovations are a great investment in your home.  When planning your flooring projects, don’t forget to allow for thresholds.  A threshold is the entryway from room to room and for our purposes – where two kinds of flooring meet.  These transitional spaces must be safe, functional, and look great with home decor.  Your installer can help you measure, plan for and install proper thresholds.  Here are some tips to help you understand what you may need and how various thresholds work.

Common Connecting Material

Wood Floor to Wood Floor:  A seam binder can be used to connect two different wood floors as long as they are the same level as the cohesive bridge.

Hard Surface to Hard Surface:  A T-strip makes it easier to connect a threshold, since the T-strip has a thin base that fits into narrow seams.

Carpet to Ceramic:  Install an invisible aluminum strip first to grip the carpet and butt up against the tile in the adjoining room.  A vinyl T-strip is then placed into the aluminum groove.  This gives the threshold the ability to join two rooms with different level flooring.

Creative Tile Transitions

You have a unique opportunity to be creative when joining two tile floors.  Smaller tile can be cut, crafted, and displayed in creative patterns easier than modifying wood flooring or carpet.   To accomplish this type of transition, the floors must be completely level.

Thresholds are an important part of your flooring renovation making the look and functionality of your floor complete.   Here at Eastman’s we enjoy helping our clients get the right flooring for their budget and specialize in those finishing touches.


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