How to Install a T-Molding for Floor Transitions

Remodeling a house requires hard work and creativity because you want to make everything look nice while also aiming for high quality results. As there are many rooms in a house, you need some designing lessons or experience to make the environment from one room to another complimentary with each other.

Floor transitions have a lot to do with the overall ambiance of a house because it’s where people walk on. Just observe yourself – you always look at where you’re going, right?

So for this particular blog post, I will teach you how to install a T-molding for floor transitions involving wooden floors and tiles. It’s one of the projects my team recently did when one of our clients wanted their home remodeled.

Why Use a T-Molding?

If you want to separate 2 types of floors, you will need some kind of a divider to make a smooth transition from one room to another. Remember, I always talk about how the flow of energy into your house should be natural and progressive – not abrupt and messed up.

So, if the area of transition from one room to another doesn’t have a door, the right position for the T-molding will be at the expansion gap located at the center of the doorway’s frame. Now, if there’s a door, the expansion gap to hold the T-molding should be positioned right under the door.

How to Install T-Molding for Floor Transitions

Follow these steps when installing a T-molding on floors:

  • Measure the length and width of the expansion gap on your doorway.
  • Based on the width, cut through the track for the T-molding installation. You can use a sharp knife for this.
  • Based on the length, cut the desired length of T-molding. Use a saw blade for this to achieve a smooth edge.
  • Place the track at the bottom of the T-molding. It should snap snuggly into place when you press on it.
  • Apply glue on the entire length of the expansion gap.
  • Position the track and T-molding on the expansion gap and press it firmly to the subfloor.
  • Use adhesive tape to hold the T-molding in place for at least 24 hours. The tapes can be positioned across the track, 5 inches or so apart.
  • After 24 hours, remove the adhesive tape and clean the place up.

There's the expansion gap between the 2 types of floor. That's where the T-molding should be installed for a smooth transition from one type of flooring to another.

There’s the expansion gap between the 2 types of floor. That’s where the T-molding should be installed for a smooth transition from one type of flooring to another.

Here is the final outcome. With the T-molding properly installed between the 2 types of floors, going from one room to another is more aesthetically pleasing, right?

Here is the final outcome. With the T-molding properly installed between the 2 types of floors, going from one room to another is more aesthetically pleasing, right?

Should You Use Tracks When Installing T-Molding?

Installing a track for T-molding is actually optional. I just like using a track because I believe it holds the T-molding better and helps provide long life to the whole installation too.

Glue. Screw or Nails?

There are also different ways of installing tracks and T-moldings. Most of the time, my team prefers glue (we use heavy duty liquid nails). At other times, we prefer screwing or nailing the tracks and T-moldings. This will depend on the subfloor – glue works best for concrete subfloors.

Finishing Up With Installation of Floor Transition Molding

As you can see, floor transition molding projects are quite easy to do. Aside from aesthetic reasons, installing T-molding will strengthen the connecting points between 2 types of floors – so it’s a must for every house remodeling project.

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