A Smoother Way to Transition Hardwood and Tile

One of the hardest things about installing a variety of flooring in a house is learning how to transition hardwood and tile. There are few things more unappealing than a sloppy transition between two types of flooring, and learning how to transition hardwood and tile involves some skill, and a good eye for detail. While there are different ways to accomplish this transition, the method a homeowner chooses depends on a number of factors. It is possible to use a transition piece, which is more or less a piece of molding or flooring designed to connect one type of flooring to another. On the other hand, homeowners may prefer using a grouting product to create a small seam between the two floorings. This works well if the seam is subtle, and creates a smooth look between the hardwood and tile. Before choosing how to transition hardwood and tile, consider the following factors:

  • Elevation: Flooring of varying elevations is a fairly common problem. This is not just an aesthetic issue, but can become a mechanical or maintenance issue as well. The easiest way to solve this problem is with threshold molding.
  • Location of Transition: Under a door, for instance, there needs to be a level transition, and one that is hidden when the door is closed. This is one situation in which grout may be the ideal solution. Wherever the tile and the wood meets, homeowners want a transition that is smooth and attractive.
  • Special Transitions: There are places, like stairways, where it’s obvious that the flooring will require a specific transition piece. As homeowners plan their flooring project, it’s best to decide ahead of time how to handle these special transitions, so that the appropriate pieces are ordered.
  • Starlike® Provides a Seamless Transition

    The Tile Doctor® carries Starlike® Specialty Grout products by Litokol®, which can be extremely useful when trying to figure out how to transition hardwood and tile. Because Starlike® comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, it can easily be used to bridge the gap between two types of flooring and make a smooth shift from one to the other. For more information about innovative tile solutions from The Tile Doctor®, or for helpful tips and resources, connect with our online community on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, or call today at 1-877-TileDoc(845-3362)to speak with a member of our expert team. Photo credit: Architect and photographer Todd Mason, Halkin Photography