How to Join Hardwood Floor to Tile Floor

Updated February 21, 2017

Joining hardwood floor to tile floor with the help of some inexpensive and simple tools will result in a finished and professional appearance. Installing transition strips between the two types of flooring will eliminate unsightly gaps and prevent small injuries, including tripping and scratches. Transition strips come in a variety of finishes and styles, so the homeowner can choose according to individual taste.

Measure the length of the space where the transition will occur with a tape measure. Use a pencil to make marks indicating where you will make the cut on the transition strip.

Cut the transition pieces, with a mitre saw, on the marked locations. Smooth the cut ends of the transition strips with a piece of sandpaper. The sandpaper will help remove any splinters on the cut ends caused by the mitre saw.

Remove the plastic tip from the top of the construction adhesive tube, using scissors and according to the instructions listed on the product label.

Squeeze out a long bead of construction adhesive along the end of the tile flooring, running from one side to the other.

Lay the transition strip over the long bead of construction adhesive, making sure it overlaps over to the hardwood floor to cover the expansion gap. Push the transition strip down firmly with your hands, and then place several heavy objects along the strip to keep it in place as the adhesive dries.

Continue joining the hardwood and tile floors together wherever needed.


Transition strips are available in a variety of wood finishes. You can find unfinished wood transition strips ready to stain to create a custom finish to the floor. Along with wood, transition strips are also available in vinyl or aluminium metal. For hardwood and tile floors of different heights, install a reducer strip. Butt the reducer strip against the end of the hardwood floor and use a hammer to secure finishing nails into the reducer strip. Fill the nail holes with matching wood putty.


Always leave at least a gap, depending on the manufacturer's instructions, between the tile and hardwood floor to allow the hardwood floor to move and expand due to changes in weather and temperature.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Transition strips
  • Mitre saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Scissors
  • Construction adhesive
  • Hammer
  • Finishing nails
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Rachel Turner has been writing professionally since 2000, focusing on gardening and home improvement topics. Her articles have appeared online at SlowTravel and in publications such as the "Arkansas Gardeners," "One Step Ahead" and "Writers Now." Turner holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Arkansas State University.