How To Transition Between Two Different Wood Floors

Replacing an entire flooring is quite an expensive task which is why many prefer replacing just the section of the floor that needs replacement. But, in case of wooden floors you have to find the exact size and also match the color of the wooden planks which is not a very easy task to do.

So, what can you do if you are not able to match with the existing floor? Can you make a transition between two different wood floors? The answer is yes. However, installation of different hardwoods adjacent to one another might be tricky for a non-professional which is why, we have decided to talk about it in our today’s article. We will cover the techniques that you can use to make the transition work perfectly.

Essential tips to transition between two different wood floors

When you are placing one type of wood next to another type, you will have to make the transition look natural and not an accident. You can make that work by separating them with a different flooring material or a carpet. However, if these don’t work in your case, you can go for some unique designs. Below is mentioned some of the techniques that you can use for a smooth transition between two different wood floors.

1. T-molding

If you are trying to make a transition in the doorway or if you are not overtly concerned with the look, then T-molding is one of the best and also the easiest option for you.

These moldings have the shape of T, hence the name. The thick stem is attached to the subfloor while the thin piece is designed to hide the transition between the different woods. They are best on floors having same height and are gentle not just visually but also underfoot.

The technique is quite basic. You just have to lay the flooring keeping a 1-inch gap, cut the molding to the size required and then attach.

2. Transition strip or seam binder

The transition strip is all about nailing down a thin, rounded top piece of the wood material for binding the two portions into one. However, it is worth mentioning that even though it can help blend the two flooring materials smoothly, it can look a little forced at times.

3. Thin metal transition

The 2 solutions mentioned above are the classic ones but if you want to go for a modern and contemporary look and are quite confident that the two wood floor stains you chose will vibe well with a metal color, then going for a thin metal transition will be a great choice for you.

This is also a very simple technique. You just have to maintain a thin gap in between the floors and adjust the metal strip in that with a good adhesive.

4. Threshold piece

This is a flat rectangular block aptly designed to be placed in the doorway to make the transition between two different kinds of wooden flooring. You can use one made of marble or stone because that will definitely help make the space look more attractive.

In addition, the threshold pieces are also very easy to install. Just order a precut length that is closest to your transition space, trim if necessary and then install between the two different materials.

5. Angled nose/ square nose/ stair nose pieces

If you are dealing with floors having different thickness or are on different levels, going for moldings having square nose or angled nose will be good because they will help in bridging the transition properly. This will work when the difference is less than 1 inch.

However, if yours is more a couple of inches, then you can look for stair nose pieces. They make a round edge on the higher floor and are laid over a wooden flooring piece that is vertically placed against the face of the step. This technique can be used to several offset floor height steps to create natural transitions.

6. Border

If you do not want to make any investment in buying additional pieces, then laying one flooring material with a border can serve your purpose. Lay a square portion of a hardwood one around the exterior of one wood floor area. Then in the square, lay the flooring.

In order to make this technique a success, both the floors need to have smooth edges. If you are putting a new one alongside an old one having rough edges, then you will have to cut and make a new smooth edge for the border.

7. Different patterns

Going for different pattern when installing the second floor if the first one has ausual horizonal or vertical layout can help you make a proper transition between two wood floors. There are many options like diagonal, herringbone, parquet etc. that can work. All of these, despite being layout techniques can actually look like a new flooring material.

8. Contrasting colors

Keeping highly contrasting colors for the adjacent wooden floors is a great make to make the area look beautiful. Going for similar colors may give the expression that you probably were trying to match the colors but it went wrong. On the other hand, a light-colored floor with a dark complementary shade may actually work. Of course, there will be exceptions but, in most cases, they will look good if you are able to make right choices. And, if you are not confident in your choices, you can always contact a professional and take expert advice from them.

Closing thoughts

All of the above techniques are very practical ones and they actually work. But, it is your home and you are the best judge regarding which one to go for. However, if you are not sure that these will work from your room, it is better that you opt for other types of flooring like tiles or vinyl. For transition, you may apply some of the techniques discussed here but you need not lose sleep over layout or contrast that much.