How to Install a Transition Strip From Carpet to Ceramic Tile

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How to Install a Transition Strip From Carpet to Ceramic Tile
Installing a carpet-to-tile transition strip protects carpet. (woollen carpet texture image by Tolbxela from Fotolia.com)

Transition strips easily link the level of a tile floor to a carpet floor, usually from one height to another. They also protect the edge of the carpet from wear and damage from traffic. Installing a transition strip is fairly easy, depending on the type of transition strip you are using.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Mitre saw or hacksaw
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws
  • Wood putty
  • Stain or paint
  • Paintbrush

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the width of the transition area with a measuring tape. Transfer the measurement to the transition strip, using a pencil.

  2. 2

    Cut the transition strip. Use a mitre saw for wood transition strips and a hacksaw for metal strips.

  3. 3

    Screw the transition strip into place, using a screwdriver. If you are using a wooden transition strip, fill the nail holes with wood putty and stain or paint the transition strip with a paintbrush.

Tips and warnings

  • The carpet's height in relation to the ceramic tile will determine the type of transition strip you need. If one flooring is much shorter than the other, the transition strip must be a "step-down" model that will accommodate the instant flooring transition by slowly lowering the flooring on an angle.

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