Tile to Carpet Transition - A look at the best options for your home?

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  1. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple I love these ACO Shower Drains - Best in Class

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    The other day I was showing some of my custom transitions to a client and nothing really spiked their interest. Typically we mill a custom hardwood transition and stain it or paint it depending on the room and the look of the home.

    Sometimes we use a Tile Edge Profile.

    Sometimes a metal cap.

    What other options are there for this transition?

    Last summer a client of mine took it upon himself to mill up a nice transition. He used oak and then a pickling stain I believe or some kind of white wash. Often we raise these floors when building barrier free showers.
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  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    A strip of solid surface material suitably routed can work well. Solid stone makes a nice threshold too but harder to mill and requires more thickness.
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    Transitions for tile - Solid Fir Flooring

    I have always wanted to do this but never have. One of my top setters will make a custom transition out of slab but I have only seen him do this twice in 12 years. It might be worth a visit to the stone yards and pick up some off cuts one day!

    This is my best transition to date. I made it out of the flooring scraps . Not really a carpet to tile transition but you get the idea.

    [video=youtube_share;jnYiw6wBhoQ]http://youtu.be/jnYiw6wBhoQ[/video]

    JW
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    Nice work but my concern with that one is the trip hazard. For that reason, I would want the transition to contrast a little more to catch the eye rather than catch the foot.
  5. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    With tile to carpet, there's at least one company than makes ramps designed to be installed underneath the carpeting to ease the transition. You could make them yourself, but to be 'seamless' it should have a slope in the order of 1:10...so, it depends on how much height difference you have to accommodate, and a moderately long ramp is harder to make. Cedar shingles under the carpet, done right, and you may never notice the ramp at all, but the commercially available ones are longer.
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    Carpet to Tile Transition - How to information

    Jim I used some cedar shingles under my daughters carpet entering the kids bathroom. I would think cheating this elevation more than a 1/4" is hard.

    I was wondering if any stone suppliers have figured this out. I would like to see some solid surface material that perhaps has a two step profile. Something that just is not in one plane.

    JW
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    Carpet to tile transition

    In our latest barrier free bathroom and in designing the floor system we ended raising the bathroom tile a good inch and a quarter. We milled this transition out of solid fir and primed and painted it. The transition meets the tile at the center of the door location and has a silicone (colour match) and not grout between it and the tile.
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    Standard Carpet to tile Transition - Metal Piece (Aluminum Brushed Finish)

    Standard Carpet to tile transitions....
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  9. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    I had the granite fabricator use some scraps from my vanity top to make a transition piece. I think he charged about $45, all in labor (since they would have thrown the scraps away anyway), to shape and polish them. They are about 6" or so and they used most of that depth to make a rounded taper. It also ties the bits together as I used the same granite in tile form in the shower. Now, I wish I'd used a different tile on the floor - it looks great in sunlight, but that room doesn't get much...maybe change that sometime in the future...inertia has it just staying there!
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