The idea is to have a continuous vinyl plank floor in a home that has tile in the dining room and kitchen area, and carpet in the living room (see the image below). enter image description here My intention is:

  • To remove the carpet and install the vinyl on the subfloor.
  • To keep the tile and install the vinyl on top without removing the tile.

The issue is that when the living room and the tile area meet, there will be a difference in elevation. How do you fix this without adding Transition Strip T Molding? Is there some wood that changes elevation gradually?

  • I would raise the sub floor under the carpet to the tile top. There is thin under layment up to thick sheets of sub floor.
    – crip659
    Commented Jan 22 at 19:45

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What you are looking for is called "subfloor leveler" enter image description here which is a tapered material going between subfloor and vinyl

What you probably want to do is to have absolutely flat flooring. Remove carpet and "bump up" subfloor with 3/4in plywood or other compatible material to match tile height. Basically, in figure below replace "hardwood" with appropriate OSB/plywood.

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  • I didn't understand how the second photo was needed. Would the incline caused by the sub-floor leveler affect the durability of the vinyl plank?
    – wondim
    Commented Jan 22 at 20:57
  • Also the other issue, is I try to bump the entire sub-floor will cost a lot as it will be the entire 1600 sq feet floor.
    – wondim
    Commented Jan 22 at 20:59
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    @wondim its for you to decide cost/benefit. I prefer having flat flooring for the next 10 years Commented Jan 22 at 21:10
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    Planks/tiles usually do not like changes in height of a floor. They can usually be okay for a couple of 16ths in small sections. If raising the sub floor is too much, then a transition will be better. Have you pulled up the carpet at the edge to see the difference?
    – crip659
    Commented Jan 22 at 21:23

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