Making the transition from one flooring type to another can be tricky. Because they are different materials with different treads, dimensions and life spans, it is important to make a seamless transition not just for aesthetic purposes but for safety reasons too – a major height or tread difference could be a tripping hazard. Getting it right can be a challenge, especially if the two flooring materials are installed at different times. Here are just a few ways to make the tiling to carpet transition as straightforward as possible.
The Tuck-in Method
The tuck-in method is exactly what it sounds like – a way of tucking the tiles into the carpet in a way which makes the height and tread difference between the two minimal. This is done by utilising the carpet tack strip and a knee sticker so that the carpet and tiles can effectively be pushed right together.
Using the Z-bar technique is a great way to give a seamless transition while also adding an extra safety precaution, as it holds the carpet completely in place ensuring that it will never slide or move. If you opt for this method then you should install the carpet first, then the Z-bar can be screwed in with the tack strip glued on top.
Reducer strips – otherwise known as transition strips – are perhaps one of the simplest ways to bridge the gap between your tile and carpeted flooring. They are simply placed over the gaps in flooring to create a flat surface. According to Optimum Technologies they can be purchased for between $1-25, making them a really cost effective way to simply fill the area between the two flooring options, usually using either glue or screws. They can be particularly useful when using carpet tiles (as found at ukflooringdirect.co.uk).
Mount tack strips
This is an effective method but it may not be suitable for all homes. It works by mounting a tack strip and pulling the carpet onto the hooks then installing the tiling so that the two floors are level. This is simpler than it sounds and also makes for a seamless transition which doesn’t involve any coverings across the floor. However you have to have a strong sub-floor, usually with cement under both tile and carpeting.