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Transition Molding Explained – Why You Need It?
Transition moulding, as the name of this flooring accessory suggests, is the buffer that is much needed for ensuring a smooth and seamless transition between one floor to another or from one surface to the other. Transition moulding is used for cutting off the number of unfinished and abrupt edges and it helps you to enjoy different floors throughout the house or create different areas for an open-plan space with a smooth and beautiful transition.
Thanks to transition moulding, you don’t get just a beautiful appearance for your home and a lot more elegance, you get to enjoy a lot more functionality and comfort. From a safety standpoint, transition moulding is a much-needed investment because it significantly decreases the risk and prevents you from tripping when walking from a hard surface to a carpet, for example.
Transition Molding – Functionality
Transition moulding comes with a great variety of purposes, the main one of them is ensuring a smooth and seamless transition from one type of flooring to another, or just from one floor to another. Transition moulding is also used for making a smooth transition from a horizontal to a vertical surface in the case with stairs, for example. It is also used for a transition between changing height differences, for separating rooms or visually separating areas and zones in an open-plan space, for providing a clean edge to a flooring edge.
Transition Molding – Common Use
The most common type of transition moulding is stair nosing. Depending on the installation method, you can choose between Flush and Overlap stair nosing. This type of flooring accessory takes your flooring down a ledge with style and comfort by providing a rounded drop for additional safety.
However, the stair nosing is not the only common type of transition moulding used in the flooring industry. It often happens that you need to transition from a carpet in the living room to a tile floor in the kitchen, for example. Therefore, you will need to have a square noising or end caps.
This type of flooring accessory is used when you are transition between floors with different heights. You can use it for transitioning from wood flooring to a carpet or wood flooring to tiles. The transition moulding will overlap the wooden side. A T-molding is the most common choice for the transition of floors that are the same height or the same material. The T-molding allows ample expansion space in a floating type of fitting of an engineered wood floor.
Probably the most popular type of flooring accessory and transition moulding that you can find practically in every house is baseboard moulding that is installed at the base of the walls. In order to cover the expansion gap that is left during the wood floor fitting and intended to allow extra room for the floorboards to expand without getting damaged, wood floor installation professionals use quarter-round or base shoe moulding that is installed at the bottom of the baseboard. These are some of the most common types of transition moulding and you often would need more than just one type around the house.