How to Install Transition Strips on Concrete Floors

Transition strips are used to finish hardwood and laminate floor edges where the product meets an existing floor in a doorway, and are typically cut to fit and then nailed in place or snapped into a track that has been screwed to the floor. When you're working on a concrete floor, the installation of transitions is different from the way it's done on a typical subfloor installation. The key to keep in mind is to always follow the manufacturer's directions in order to maintain the integrity of the flooring warranty.

Step 1

Mark the floor where the transition strip is to be located, taking care to allow for any required expansion space as specified by the flooring manufacturer.

Step 2

Apply a 1/4-inch-wide line of construction adhesive to the bottom of the transition strip where it will rest on the concrete.

Step 3

Press the transition firmly in place; allow it to cure per the adhesive manufacturer's recommended time before allowing traffic on the floor.


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