Transition moldings are commonplace in just about every hardwood floor that's installed today, but many homeowners still view these necessities as unsightly, cheap, and even as a trip hazard. However, it's important to remember that not only are these joints an integral part of your floor, but they can also save you time, energy, and money in the long run. Here are some reasons why you shouldn't dread some transition moldings in your new hardwood floor.
Rather than seeking out super long, clear (free of knots), expensive boards for your flooring, being able to choose boards of similar quality that are shorter will invariably cut down on the cost of your brand new floor. Transition moldings allow you to use shorter boards for any size project since you don't need boards that span the entire length or width of the room. A well-matched and smooth piece of transition molding will make it so that the floor even looks continuous, giving you the same look as far more expensive boards for a fraction of the cost.
They Protect Your Floor Against the Seasons
Believe it or not, seasonal changes in temperature and humidity can have a drastic impact on your floors. If your floors aren't equipped with proper transition moldings, then you can count on unsightly seams showing up once or twice a year depending on the seasonal changes in your area. Transition moldings can be custom fit to the style of wood in your floor (different woods stretch more than others) and your home's geographic location to ensure that your floor always looks consistently continuous.
They Protect Your Floor Against Heavy Weights
Weighty objects like a grand piano or a gun safe have to be part of the conversation when it comes to planning out your new hardwood floor, and transition moldings can make this planning process much easier. Rather than having your heavy object warp and weigh down a part of your floor, creating what's known as an island or lily pad will help make sure that the stress on your floor remains in one place where it can be effectively managed. The secret to these magical areas? You guessed it, transition moldings. In this context, transition moldings provide a division between your normal floor with typical weight bearing properties and an area that is built to hold a greater amount of weight. Without this landing area for a heavy object, you risk putting a large depression in your hardwood flooring or spending too much reinforcing areas of your floor that don't need reinforcement.
Flooring can take up a big chunk of your building or renovation budget. Is this something that you can cut down the cost of so that you don't run out of money before the project is complete? In some cases, your first choice may not be the best for your budget. We have put this blog together to help those going through the process of renovating or building a home find the flooring that will fit into their budgets without sacrificing looks or quality. When you come to the end, you will have a good idea of what you can afford and what you want in your home.