There are a lot of factors to consider when planning a new floor. Once you have selected your tile type and readied the surface to install your new floor tiles, pause for a moment and consider how you are going to handle the transitional zone.
What is the transitional zone?
The transitional zone is the area where one floor covering meets a different floor covering. This is often in entrance ways – for example, where your kitchen floor tiles meet a timbered hallway or timbered dining room. Timber can present problems since your tiles will be higher than the timber floor and could represent a trip hazard. You will need to think about what type of threshold you are going to use that will help the two floor types meet.
In other situations, your tiles may well transition into another floor covering that is of a similar height. This requires minimal work, however, you will need to ensure that softer materials such as carpets and vinyls are secured well at the transitional zone. This will help to prevent any lifting of that floor covering and again reduce the possibility of developing a trip hazard.
With the right planning, your transitional zone can be minimized to create a natural flow from one floor type to another. If you have difficulties determining how you are going handle any transition zone, talk to a tile expert when you purchase your tiles. The tile experts at Éco Dépôt can help you plan your new residential flooring, including tile selections and advice on how best to handle transitional zones – they may even have one or two creative ideas to make your transitional zone look more interesting.