How to install a threshold over ceramic tile & hardwood floor

Written by b. ellen von oostenburg
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Installing a tile floor is a pretty straightforward project until you get to the doorway. That's when you realise you have to merge the tile floor with the hardwood floor in the next room. Ceramic tile and wood flooring are two different materials, so you need to install a transition threshold. They come in a variety of materials. Choose the one that best fits with your decor.

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Things you need

  • T transition
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Pry bar
  • Hacksaw
  • Adhesive

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    Choose what type of material you want for the floor transition. Transitions come in wood, which you can stain to match the existing hardwood floor; extruded vinyl, which is soft and has some cushion to it; or metal. The vinyl comes in different colours, and the metal comes in different finishes like brass and aluminium.

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    Pry up the existing threshold nailed to the floor in the doorway, to install the new floor under what will be the edge of the new threshold. Measure the opening of the doorway and cut the T transition to the correct length. A T transition is used for two floors of the same height. Squeeze the manufacturer's recommended adhesive into the crack between the hardwood floor and the tile floor. Press the transition down into the adhesive until the top lies flush against the surface of both floors. For floors of different heights, there are reducing transitions that have a slope to them to gradually blend the two floors. This eliminates the potential for stubbed toes and tripping.

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    Allow the adhesive to dry before walking on the transition.

Tips and warnings

  • Put some weight on the T transition while the adhesive is setting up. Hand-held exercise weights are perfect for the job.

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