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I have ripped out some old carpet and am preparing to install a new solid hardwood floor myself. In several places, the floor transitions to an existing tile floor. The hardwood floor guys told me the best transition between the two is a T molding. You simply leave a gap between the two floors, and then place down the T molding between the two floors, so it sits on both surfaces. Sounds simple enough.

However, the height difference of the two floors is considerable, and the T molding does not sit flush. What are my options? Here is a diagram showing the dimensions.

floor transition diagram

NOTE: Using the T molding is not a requirement, I could go some other route if there is a better option.

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Just one additional thought. Don't worry if the molding is slightly out of level. The foot won't usually notice it and from eye level you won't see it. –  The Evil Greebo Nov 15 '11 at 21:51
    
Yes, that is what the place said where i bought it from. For little differences, this would work, but the height difference is to noticeable in this case. –  mohlsen Nov 17 '11 at 13:25
    
I ended up making my own transition piece, see the accepted answer. –  mohlsen Dec 9 '11 at 16:34
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In your situation, I'd use reducer molding instead of T molding: enter image description here

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And I would just cut the bottom of the reducer to get the height I desire? From that picture, I think it would be a bit too height and then it would not sit flush on the hardwood. –  mohlsen Nov 15 '11 at 19:37
    
You can trim it down, yes, or the aluminum joins (other answer) are an option, although I think they're uglier. –  The Evil Greebo Nov 15 '11 at 19:43
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I agree that they are not as nice, but there is much more variety of shape. –  Chris Cudmore Nov 15 '11 at 21:54
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Of course, there's the redneck solution: cover the gap with duct tape! –  Chris Cudmore Nov 15 '11 at 22:05
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If I could give that comment multiple upticks, I would. –  The Evil Greebo Nov 15 '11 at 22:10
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You might have some more flexibility if you went with aluminum. Something like this: enter image description here

Or this:enter image description here

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Another option if you want to avoid using a molding between the two surfaces is to cut down the hardwood a bit so that they meet flush.

This may or may not be feasible depending on the construction and thickness of the hardwood, and how long the join may be.

From your diagram, it looks like you'd have to cut down once side of the hardwood about 1/4", and remove the underpad from the last couple of inches. You'd also probably have to glue the last piece down to the floor, which might not work well if there could be significant expansion/contraction.

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Thanks, your answer inspired me to make my own and then do a little more. See the accepted answer for details. –  mohlsen Dec 9 '11 at 16:32
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I ended up taking advise from @chris's answer and making my own transition from actual flooring. I cut away part of the flooring to make the transition piece sit flush on the floor and then on top of the tile. I then routed a rounded edge so the piece on top of the tile flowed down more gradually.

I was a little worried about the routed part and how it would look compared to the top (finished) of the flooring. But with a little flooring varnish, and then a rub with some scotch brite to dull the finish, it was a perfect match. This worked because the wood was not stained, and natural in color. If it has been stained, it would have been a little harder to match.

We are very happy how it turned out. It's a smooth transition, more so than an actual transition piece like a T or reducer since it does not rise up higher than the hardwood floor or the tile.

Here is a pic of a cut away piece with the routed edge:

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Here is a pic of the finished transition:

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This is a very elegant fix. I particularly like that there's no additional rise above the hardwood height. –  gregmac Jan 6 at 18:17
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