What is Transition Molding, and Why do you Need it?

Transition Molding is the buffer that helps one surface transition to the other so that there are no abrupt or unfinished edges in your home. While they often go unnoticed, they are essential both for the elegance and functionality of your floors. Transition Molding is also essential from a safety standpoint, as it is necessary to prevent tripping between walking from hard surface to carpeting.

The Functionality of Transition Molding

Transition Moldings have a variety of purposes such as making a smooth transition from a horizontal flat surface to vertical surface, changing height difference, separating rooms, and providing a clean edge to a flooring ledge. The transition moldings you select may depend on installer preference and installation method so you should always get them involved.

Commonly Used Transition Moldings

Stair Nosing is the most common transition molding used in installations. This fine molding takes your flooring down a ledge with style by providing a rounded drop.  Stair nosing is available in Flush and Overlap and should be chosen depending on installation method. Prioritize flush moldings when job site conditions allow.

For a transition to carpet or tile at a different height, your installer will find a good use for square nosing or end caps. These overlap the wood side and remain flush with an adjacent floor covering. If the flooring matched up are both hard surfaces at the same height, a T-molding is often used to allow ample expansion space in a floating installation of engineered wood.

The molding that’s installed at the base of your wall is called baseboard molding. Quarter-round or Baseshoe molding is installed at the bottom of the baseboard to cover the expansion gap which is recommended by flooring manufactures to prevent buckling when the flooring expands during humid seasons.

Odds are, in your home, there are going to be many different kinds of transitional molding that’s necessary to protect the flooring in your home. Unique Wood Floors offers a variety of transition molding that will always be counted on for the beauty and function of your flooring.

Do you have specific questions about wood floors or transition moldings? Since 2003, Unique Wood Floors has served home and business owners in the Minneapolis / St. Paul area and all over the United States. Contact our company online or by phone, or visit one of our two Twin Cities showrooms in Bloomington & Hopkins.