Transition profiles are used wherever two floors meet. For example, this situation occurs at doors when one laminate floor meets another laminate floor or a different floor covering. A matching transition profile creates an attractive appearance and achieves an elegant transition between different floors. A frequent occurrence in large open rooms is when a kitchen area, for example, has a different floor design to the dining or living area. In the case of particularly large rooms, expansion joints are needed even within a continuous laminate floor area which are also hidden by transition profiles.
You use transition profiles when two floors of the same height meet. Compensation profiles, on the other hand, are used on floors of different heights. As it says on the tin, they compensate for different heights of different floor coverings, thereby minimising the risk of tripping. This can occur, for example, if laminate and carpet meet at a door or even laminate and tiles. Different laminate floorings can also have different thicknesses with the result that different heights can occur.
There is a large selection. There are profiles in different styles, colours, finishes, with a wood look or in metallic colours, in plastic or aluminium, for glueing or screw fixing. In this way, the channels can be perfectly matched to the decor of the laminate flooring and the sub-floor. We recommend that you take a piece of the floor covering with you when you buy in a DIY store or in the specialist retail trade. That way you can compare directly whether the colours and textures match.
Transition profiles and compensation profiles always consist of two pieces: a base rail or channel and the cover or profile which is later visible.
Two aspects need to be considered before fitting or even before buying the transition profiles:
Procedure for fitting compensation and transition profiles.