How to Transition From Tile to Wood Flooring
Here's what you need to know to prevent unsightly or unsafe transitions between floor surfaces
Below you’ll learn what to specify when planning a transition from tile flooring to hardwood.
Notice the flush transition from hardwood flooring to tile. Looking closer (click on the photo to enlarge it), you’ll see that the tile is large (about 30 by 60 centimetres) and made of marble; both features require a stiffer floor than most homes have.
Tip: Installing a second layer of plywood over your subfloor and under your hardwood allows for more floor preparation options in the future.
Tip: The choice between a flush installation from tile to hardwood and one that meets industry guidelines should not be a hard one. Always follow industry guidelines!
We centered the tile installation under the door, so when the door is closed you see only tile in the bathroom and oak in the bedroom.
Tip: I find that these transitions look cleaner if the door jamb (the vertical part of the door frame) overlaps the tile a little bit. But this is hard to do if the tile hasn’t been installed yet. If possible, install your bathroom door after the tile installation.
Tip: Leave 1.6 to 1.9 centimetres of space centred underneath the door for the bottom of the transition strip. If you affix a piece of scrap baseboard or plywood in the same size, it’ll help keep this channel clean of thinset, making the transition strip much easier to install.
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