Transition Time: How to Connect Tile and Hardwood Floors

bathroomPlan ahead to prevent unsightly or unsafe transitions between floor surfaces. Here’s what you need to know.

Transitioning a bathroom’s tile floor to the hardwood of another room is often given little forethought. However, not planning the transition can result in a final product that doesn’t meet your expectations, or a floor assembly that’s destined to fail.

Most of the floor framing in North America is designed to meet a base industry standard. This standard (usually measured as a deflection rating) allows for materials like small ceramic tile,vinylcarpet and hardwood to be used on floors. But these days most of my clients want large,natural stone tile.

Many also want the tile to transition seamlessly from one room to the other. This can be done, but most homeowners don’t know that their home has to be designed with extra strength and rigidity to carry this weight.

Click here to learn what to specify when planning a transition from tile flooring to hardwood.

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