Most homes will have more than one type of flooring material. At the very least the bathroom will be tiled, and probably the kitchen too. This is true even if the rest of the house has timber floors or carpets. There will be a transition space between the different floors that is covered with a small strip of edging material.
The edge material used on the floor transition goes by many names – edge strip, coverstrip, transition strip, edging. They can be made from metal, wood, plastic, rubber or a combination of materials. Some will join two floors of the same level, which is quite common. Others will join floors of slightly different levels. Different floors levels often occur between tiled floors and timber, or tiled floor and carpet. The right type of trim will make the transition between floors look quite neat.
Metal transition strips are the most common. They usually have countersunk holes to accommodate the screws or nails that hold them in place. A slightly more expensive option is a metal strip that includes a central rubber strip to cover the nails or screws. These are both safe and neat looking.
Most rooms of the home are separated by a door, so the transition strip is partly hidden by this. Some rooms, perhaps near the kitchen, will not have a door, so the transiton strip cannot be hidden; it must be made to suit the décor. Adjacent rooms with timber floors will not need transition strips. But there will inevitably be a need for a transition strip at the front door, the bathroom and the kitchen, if not a few other places.
Timber floors can be re-sanded to restore their original appearance, and then polished to a fine finish. As timber flooring is a great long term investment the re-sanding allows us to keep this investment in the best looking condition possible.