Flooring Transition Strips: Types And Uses

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A newly installed floor covering usually oozes beauty and elegance in abundance. However, the floor has to undergo some finishing touches so that the different types of floors in a house blend in seamlessly with each other. In order to accomplish this, you would need to make use of flooring transition strips. A good example where these transition strips come in handy is where you have laminate flooring in one room and wooden flooring in an adjacent room. These strips, in such a case, would eliminate the difference in flooring levels. Simply speaking, the strips are used to bridge this space thus creating a smooth floor transition in the process and not to be confused with carpet strips.

According to the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA), these strips vary in size from 1/2 inch to 3 inches in width, and measure about a quarter of an inch in length. Common materials used in the manufacture of the transition strips include custom design/pre-manufactured materials, metal and wood. According to the Hardwood Manufacturers Association (HMA), transition strips made of wood have to be sealed using the exact protection that was applied on the hardwood floor. These stripes are categorized into surface and flush tile flooring, and there are a vital part of most flooring projects, especially those that use tiles since the newly-installed floor will always be at a different level than the existing flooring.

Irrespective of whether you want to use granite, marble or ceramics, (or other flooring types) the material will still require additional substrate layers during installation for insulation purposes. Tile floorings also require some form of mortar bed which might not have a uniform thickness. The surface strips are further divided into: the full saddle strips which are used to bridge any gap between two similar flooring levels and the half saddle strips which are used to bridge any gap between a lower flooring level and a higher one. According to the AAMA, aluminum transition strips are the most popular. They are easy to cut and are light in weight. If you want to carry out a DIY strip installation, all that you would require are the strips, nails, hacksaw and a hammer.

The surface strips have one major downside to them; which is despite being expertly installed, they will at some point have their ‘lips’ caught up in a toy or shoe and loosen up. Or even make it a pain for example when cleaning laminate flooring. Metal strips on the other hand have a distinct clacking sound when stepped on which might be annoying in the long haul.
Flush-mount strips are more elegant and difficult to install. While the surface flooring strips can accommodate various irregularities, the flash-mount strips are less accommodating. The flooring surfaces that are going to play host to the flash-mount strips have to have parallel and straight edges.