How to Install a Tile Floor Transition

If you want to give a stylish finish between two different types of flooring, the easiest way is to install a tile floor transition. It is something you can do yourself if you have the proper amount of time and some basic repairing skills.


– Grinder
– Tile
– Wet saw
– Notched Trowel
– Grout
– Mallet
– Grout float
– Sponges
– Grout sealer
– Prefinished flooring transition moulding
– Nail set
– Drill
– Drill bits
– Miter saw
– Finish nails
– Hammer


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    The first thing you need to do is to remove old tiles. Cut out the grout using a grinder to easily remove the old tiles. Thoroughly clean the area from which you removed the tile.

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    Measure the dimensions of the bare floor area. Cut a piece of tile with same dimensions as the bare floor area. Use a wet saw for the job.

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    Mix some mortar. After you have applied a thick layer of mortar, you need to spread it uniformly using a notched trowel.

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    Using the old grout lines as a reference lay the new tiles. Place the tiles on the mortar with a twisted motion and tap it into place using a mallet. To make sure that the layer of mortar you had applied earlier is thick enough to cover the bottom of the tile completely, pull up only the first tile and see its back. Apply more mortar and comb it with the notched trowel if necessary. Give enough time to the mortar to set properly before moving on to the next step.

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    Now you need to fill the grout lines. Apply grout with a grout float and firmly push the freshly applied grout into the grout lines. Wipe off the excess grout using a damp sponge. Wipe gently to avoid removing grout from within the lines. Continue wiping the tile until all the excess grout has been cleared and the tile edges are clean as possible.

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    You may have to wait for a whole day to let the grout dry completely. After it dries, apply a layer of grout sealer.

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    Now it comes to installing the tile floor transition. Using a miter saw cut the prefinished flooring transition moulding. Size it carefully so that it can fit the length between corners. Use a drill to make pilot holes in the moulding and hammer finish nails in these holes. When  you are done, you have successfully installed a tile floor transition.

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