You can fit a carpet to tile trim at the same time as having new flooring installed, or retrospectively.
Carpet to tile trim products are designed to fit into doorways to cover the raw edges of where a carpet meets a ceramic tiled floor. Choose the right one and it will not only look smart but also prevent the edge of your carpet fraying and help pull your carpet under tension and ruck-free, for years to come.
Let’s be frank, there are some pretty cheap and tatty carpet door bars available in your local DIY store or shed. Typically chrome or gold, they have a habit of bending and buckling, easily scratch and are just don’t perform. If you’ve invested in a lovely new carpet or some lovely porcelain floor tiles, it’s worth spending a bit more and choosing a quality carpet to tile transition at the same time, in a metal finish that complements your décor.
One-piece solution is practical and easy
I always recommend the one-piece carpet to tile joining strip: they are easy to fit. Designs such as the Premier Z9 or luxury Feline 1 are sleek and minimalist – you can’t beat them for quality either. Both these products grip the carpet from underneath with pins and pull it under tension, whilst the solid, visible bar neatly fits over the tile edge.
The alternative is the Premier Square or the Feline Edge, which are designed to butt up against the exposed edge of the tile, instead of overlapping it. It’s just personal preference which you choose.
Check out the features
The key features for a quality trim are:
- Made in a robust metal such as solid brass, which will withstand far more than the hoover.
- Choose a metal finish to not only complement the carpet and tiles you are joining but works in with any other metal finishes you have in the vicinity, such as light fittings, stair rods or door fittings.
- There are extra slim, standard and wide versions – just make sure you select the one that will bridge the gap between tile and carpet and visually looks balanced with the depth of your door architrave.
- The quality carpet to tile thresholds are normally sold in a choice of 3 lengths: 900mm, 1800mm, or 2700mm, which means you can minimise wastage.
Easy to install carpet to tile trims
For anyone with underfloor heating, it’s advisable to stick the transition strip to the base floor with a propriety glue, rather than screws or nails.
A smooth transition
The ultimate goal is for your join to feel smooth and level and look discrete and smart.
But my floor levels are not even
This is a common issue, especially when a bathroom or kitchen floor has had underfloor heating installed and raised up one floor but the adjoining hall or landing.
There are a number of nifty solutions:
- If it is just a matter of a few millimetres, then insert a few slithers of wood or rubber wedges under the carpet to tile threshold. This lifts the visible bar just enough to fit over the tiles.
- If the difference is around 5mm, then the Compression Ramp is designed, complete with a mini ramp to safely transition from one level to the other.
- Or, if your floor height difference is up to 15mm, then the Easyshims are a brilliant way to ramp up your carpet, just around the door. You can then use a standard Premier Z9 carpet-tile bar as the join.
For further information, product details and samples, visit www.carpetrunners.co.uk