Transition moldings are commonly used in wood flooring to help create a buffer area to transition to a new flooring type. The transition molding eliminates the abrupt change in flooring and unfinished edges. These areas are often unnoticed but they are really vital to the overall look of your floor as well as the functionality. The transition molding is a safety item to help prevent tripping but also add an elegance to floor.
There are a lot of different applications in which transitions are needed. They make a smooth transition from a horizontal flat surface to a vertical surface, cover up height difference, seperate rooms, and can create a clean edge on the flooring ledge. The transition molding will be selected by the installer to fill the space involved.
Common Transition Moldings Types-
Stair nosing is the most commonly used transition molding for wood flooring. The srai modeling is a fine molding that provides a rounded front to the stair tread. There are both flush and overlap options for stair nosing. Stair nosing gives the treat of the stair the polished look. The installer will advise you on if a flush or overlap option is available and which is ideal.
Square nosing or end caps are used to transition from carpet to tile from wood flooring especially when there is a height difference. These transition pieces overlap the wood wise and are flush with the adjacent flooring to create a smooth transition.
T-molding is used when there are hard flooring types on each side of the same height. These allows the wood room to expand and contract but still has a clean finished edge. T-moldings are raised above the level of the flooring. These commonly used transitions come in a variety of materials including wood.
Baseboard or shoe molding is installed around the edges of the walls. Quarter round molding is added at the bottom of the baseboard to cover the gap left for expansion. This is recommended by flooring manufacturers to prevent buckling when the floor expands with changes in humidity. If you install wood in a room that previously had a thicker flooring type a shoe molding can help hide the gap between the baseboard and the floor.
There are a lot of different transition moldings used in your home to protect your floor and give it a beautiful finished look. Transition moldings should match your wood flooring closely and create an elegant overall look.