Q: I want to install hard wood flooring in my kitchen. I have a railing and a step into my family room, with a piece of wood at top (that’s in the kitchen). How do you deal with this? A: It sounds like you are saying that the ballister system is anchored into a sole [...]
Transitions & Molding
Q: I’m installing a cherry bamboo floor. Should the baseboards match the floor? A: Not necessarily. I would paint the base and possible quarter round. It gives a nice contrast and doesn’t look like the floor is climbing the walls. Webmaster’s note re should baseboards match floor: You can compare the somewhat old fashioned look [...]
Q: Our kitchen and family room share a wall. We installed stone flooring in the kitchen and pergo flooring in the family room. As a result, the kitchen floors are slightly higher. We placed a transition on the ground to cover up the difference in height, but now we are unsure how to put up [...]
Q: I’m going to begin to install tongue and groove bamboo flooring in my house. What is the best way to transition from the floor to the front or back door? Currently both doors have an aluminum base beneath the door. Do I butt the flooring up to the aluminum door jam, or do I [...]
Q: What kind of transitional strip do you use to join carpet and laminated flooring on concrete? A: Probably what is called a T cap, flat cap or dome cap. I would contact the manufacturer of the laminate or the store where you purchased it to get the appropriate strip.
Q: After installing laminate flooring in a living room and bedroom, we realized the standard transition materials are not fitting in the oversized gap. What can we do to fix this problem? A: It reminds me of the old saying ‘measure twice, cut once’. At this point, I think you will have to find someone [...]
We are knocking out walls between our livingroom, dining room and kitchen. The livingroom and kitchen are oak. The kitchen is Douglas Fir. Should we keep all and refinish them? How do we transition them? (It’s a long, straight shot from the front door to the back kitchen door.)
We have had no problem with expansion of the wood tiles butted up against the ceramic in this room. Should we expect an expansion problem in the living room where all four wood tile edges will be butted up against ceramic tile? We would rather not use transitions around this for obvious reasons. Are there installation tips that could help us in installing the oak parquet and minimize potential expansion problems?
We installed a floating floor over marble tile in a bar. Now there is about a 1 5/8 transition from this new floating floor to another part of the bar which was hardwood. Who could we consult about the transition? People are tripping over it.
What is the best way to lay hardwood on a floor next to a carpeted floor? Do you lay the planks butted up to the carpet? How do you get it to look finished?
If I am installing a floating floor (engineered), and at my transition, using a fixed transition with a tongue and groove joint: is it ever acceptable to glue the flooring into the tongue and groove and allow the floor to grow the opposite direction of the fixed transition?
I have tile floors and I put hardwoods in a room next to the tile. The tile is a bit higher than the wood, not even. Is there anything I can do to make the floor look even?
I am planning to install hardwood floors in my second floor. Currently it is carpeted. The stairs are oak with a carpet runner. The subfloor upstairs is plywood and the height matches the height of the stair nose at the top of the stairs. Once installed, the new hardwood floor would sit 3/4″ – 1″ above the existing stair nose at the top of the stairs. What options do I have to bridge this gap in floor height versus stair height?
The flooring we are installing doesn’t offer a reducer, so I’m trying to plan how to treat the transition. One idea is to pull up the sub floor and install so both floors are flush (and use T-Moulding). Would I be stupid to attempt this especially since the 5/8 seems to run under some built-ins, so I’d be looking at how to flush cut it? Or should I look at machining my own reducer out of the flooring stock,and try to figure how to make one to cover the 5/8″ difference between the two floors?
We are looking to tile the entryway from the garage into the family room. This area is a step down from the kitchen. We would like to make the tile area rounded. How do we get a round carpet reducer? Does someone sell such a thing? If not, any suggestions?
I have some snap and click hardwood floors. I’m putting the transitions in from floor to tile and floor to concrete. Which tools and what is the best way to do this? The cut from the hardwood to the tile is uneven so it makes a slight V shape. What’s the best way to cover this and make it flush?
…what’s the best way to make a transition?
Do I have to remove the transition piece between my carpet and linoleum, when I install my 3/4 flooring? If I do, will I have to put different tack strips in for my carpet to stay tight? I have nice hickory flooring with nice transitions but donâ€™t know how to butt the carpet to the transition piece.
We have recently installed laminate on our main floor. We are at a standstill however, as we are not sure what to do with the bullnose. Our stairs leading to the basement are carpeted, but I do not know if I have the right kind of bullnose. Are there different kinds? How do I install it? I assumed it was similar to the transition piece I got for the transition from laminate to ceramic.
I will be installing 3/4″ flooring onto slab. The wood flooring will abut another room that has tile. The 3/4″ CDX subfloor, and papers, will roughly create a difference 1 inch to 1 1/4 inches higher than my tile. What kind of transition techniques do you recommend? The height difference will be more than a 3/4″reducer strip can handle. I thought about T-Molding, but I’m not sure if this piece will be the solution. Do they make reducer strips thicker?