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How To Transition Between Two Different Hardwood Floors

 Hardwood floors give the interior of a home a rich finish, and also increases the value of your home. Installing hardwood floors in a room is a straightforward process. If you have to work on two different hardwood floors you may have an issue blending in both floors. One thing you have to figure out is how to transition between the two hardwood floors without making it look obvious.

 In this article, you will find some of the techniques you can apply to transition between two hardwood floors. Also, we provide some tips to help you complete the project and finally answer some of the frequently asked questions. 

 Can You Have Two Different Wood Floors Next To Each Other?

Most professionals advise you to use the same wood floors side by side to create uniformity and visual aesthetics.  But you can combine different wood floors side by side as long as you know how to blend and transition between different wood floors. It is advisable when transitioning between different hardwood floors to maintain the same color. Although it is not always the case.

Techniques To Transition Between Two Different Hardwood Floors

 a. Use A Transition Strip

One way to transition between two hardwood floors while maintaining the visual aesthetics of the space is to use a transition strip. The idea is to use a seam binder which is a transition strip for hardwood floors. It works best if the floor surface has the same height.

The Seam binder is flat and comes in different widths, but the most common is the five inches width. Also, most seam binders are sold in their unfinished form. So you have the option to stain or finish to match your wood floor.

The installation process of a seam binder is easy and straight to the point. It comes with pre-drilled pilot holes which makes installation easy. To install a seam binder, position the strip over the seam. Fasten screws through the pilot holes to the subfloor. Since the seam binder is attached to the subfloor, it allows the floor to expand and contract without damaging the binder.

b. Use T-Molding

T-molding comes in handy when transitioning between two hardwood floors of the same height. It creates a seamless flow between two hardwood floors of different styles and textures. Hardwood floors are known to expand and contract due to temperature changes and humidity. T-molding allows some space between to allow the hardwood floors to expand and contract without issue.

How the T-mold works is that the narrow part fits the space between the floors while the upper part closes up space. There are two methods to fasten the T-molding, which include the screw-down and the glue-down methods. Both methods will give the same result as long as you use the metal track inside the T-molding kit.

a. Screw-down T-molding Method: The metal track comes with pre-drilled holes. You use the holes to guide the screw placement. Finally, attach the T-molding to the metal track.

b. Glue-down T-molding Method: For this method, you spread construction adhesive generally on the expansion gap. Then place the T-molding in position and press down to hold. Ensure the metal track is snapped to the bottom in the process.

c. Create an Accent Border

You can use an accent border to blend different hardwood floors. When creating an accent border, you can use the same hardwood as one of the floors or use a contrasting material.

Tips When Transitioning Two Hardwood Floors

These are some essential tips and tricks to consider when transitioning between two hardwood floors.

a. Room Size Matters

Size doesn’t matter if you are transitioning between two rooms of relatively the same size. But if one room is larger than the other, you have to consider the type of hardwood to use and the hue.

For instance, redwood, Brazilian cherry and Beech or any other wood floor with a warmer hue suits a larger room. On the other hand, Cypress or Maple or any other hardwood with a lighter shade will fit a smaller room.

b. Create a Contrast

Most people think it’s better to maintain the same colors when combining different hardwoods in different areas. But in reality, it is best if you create a contrast. In other words, use different shades of hardwoods instead of the same shade in adjoining rooms.

Using a similar color will create an impression that it was a mistake. For instance, if you have a darker hardwood floor, match the adjoining room or hallway with a lighter hardwood like maple or cypress.

c. Consider Direction While Laying The Floor

If you are laying the flooring in two adjoining rooms without a door, ensure you maintain the same direction in both rooms. But if there is a door separating both rooms, you can use different directions in both rooms.

Also, in a narrow space, don’t lay the flooring to run parallel to the length of the space. It will only emphasize the lack of width in the space. Rather, lay in the opposite direction to make the space appear wider.

Do Wood Floors Need To Match Throughout The House

You don’t necessarily have to match the same wood floor throughout the house. Although using the same hardwood will create a sense of uniformity, it’s not necessary. To increase the visual aesthetics in your home, match contrasting shades of hardwoods. For instance, combine darker hardwood floors like mahogany with hardwood with lighter shade.