What to use to transition between laminate & tiled floor

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What to use to transition between laminate & tiled floor
Transition points delineate spaces between rooms and other areas. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Many homeowners enjoy the upgraded look and easy cleaning that both laminate and tile flooring provide. In many homes, kitchens and baths are tiled, and laminate flooring graces other living areas. In these instances, it can be difficult to figure out how to switch from one type of flooring to another and have a seamless, professional result --- unless you are aware of the options available for floor transitioning materials.

Reducer Molding

Laminate flooring comes with a variety of different-level mouldings you can use to create transition points from laminate floors to tile or even laminate to carpet. The type of floor moulding that is most impressive is one that visibly separates different materials on both floors while keeping surfaces visibly level. Since tile is affixed directly to the subfloor and laminate is a floating floor, there might be a bit of height difference between the two. For this, a reducer moulding is most effective. It transitions the higher laminate flooring over to the tile seamlessly, without visibly exposing discrepancies in the height difference between the two types of floors.


T-moulding is wider than reducer moulding and is flat across the surface. It is a visually pleasing transition to install in lieu of reducer moulding, if the conditions are right. To shift from tile to laminate in doorways, T-moulding fits in between the transition points, provided that the area is level. If you are unsure as to whether it's truly level, use a spirit level or laser level to determine the height of both floors to get the best possible result.

Tile Transitioning

It is possible to cut transition tile that is designed to butt up against laminate flooring at a transition point without using transition moulding. The downside to this, however, is that the finished floor does not present a finished look. To keep the flooring transition without a cut-off point makes the installation project appear amateurish.

Importance of Transition Points

No matter whether you are transitioning from laminate to high-pile carpet or tile in any room, having a clear cut-off point or passage is crucial to your home's resale value. Transition points fill any gaps left by careless cuts or uneven flooring, giving the job a professional and finished look. This increases the appeal of the property if you're planning to sell it later.

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