I am hoping someone can help me out with some idea's on how to ease the
transition from my 9/16th engineered wood flooring ( total height is around
11/16" due to foam underlayment and 6 mil poly vinyl) to tile which is
about 3/8" thick. I purchased some T-Molding (same type of wood as the
flooring), but because of the size difference between the two surfaces the
t-molding rocks between the two surfaces and no matter how you position it -
it looks just plain terrible because it does not fit due to the height
The floor is being installed as floating so having the proper expansion gap
between the two surfaces is also important. I would love to use the
t-modling as it was fairly expensive and can't be returned since it was
special order. Any idea's would be greatly appreciated on how to solve this
Worst case scenario I may have to scap the t-modling and buy one of those
metal transistion peices as that would work in this case.
Your best bet (and one I'm going to have to employ myself, albeit for
different reasons) might be to either mill a transition strip from raw
lumber, or buy one of the unfinished ones from the borg and modify it.
Basically, you're looking at a dado on either side of a central rib,
with one dado being higher than the other, then a sloping top. One
slope will be to nearly a point (rests on the wood flooring) and the
other side will have a bit of a slope (perhaps equal to the other
side), then a vertical drop. It's not necessary to have it feather out
to nothing--there are lot's of places where a seemingly significant
transition is done. Think marble threshold, or any threshold, for that
Taking your scenario a step further, you can also buy matching (and
expensive) trim to the floor and modify that also. I had to do that in a
couple of places in my house when I put the flooring down.
/________ \ can become
|_________\ I just glued it in place instead of having a center
Chances are slim as it is probably just a covering. You take the material
off the bottom, not the top so it will not matter. If you have to take some
of an exposed edge, dark stain will cover it and you'll never see the
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