Flooring transitions trends and must-knows

by Madelein
Flooring transitions trends and must-knows

Seamless flooring transitions are the Holy Grail in many design projects because with many types of flooring products, flooring can’t flow seamlessly from one room to another. In order to preserve the structural integrity, transition mouldings are needed. Understanding all of the transition and moulding options, however, can become complex.

Mouldings are often a tough part of the flooring sector because a mouldings mill is trying to duplicate the flooring colour, sheen and texture of a floor they did not manufacture. Planning ahead and matching the moulding to the closest piece of flooring that will be used next to the moulding can help a great deal.

The reducer and T-moulding are the main profiles needed for flooring transitions. A T-moulding is advisable if one needs to cover the expansion space between two flooring surfaces of similar height. T-mouldings shouldn’t be fastened to the floor if there’s a chance that the flooring could expand (which is the case with hardwood flooring, for example). Reducers are used to level floors of varying heights.

In residential projects, consumer preference is often to have the transition blend into the material type and colourations of one of the floorings. This requirement can be met by matching new generation type transitions that have been introduced across laminate and LVT lines. It’s important to remember that transitions can create a slip/fall hazard in commercial environments, which is why it’s necessary to minimise transitions on the floor surface.

One of the latest transition trends in the flooring market is a demand for trims that do more than simply coordinate with flooring. The trims need to add a visual element to the floors and  match the floor’s performance.

Sleeker, less-bulky trims are becoming more popular. Many consumers are opting for trims that replicate the visual of the floor itself as opposed to metal visuals for trims. A customer who is having a hardwood installed may now prefer hardwood transitional pieces rather than solid bronze or aluminium, for example.

Full thanks and acknowledgement are given to www.floortrendsmag.com for the information contained in this article.

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