I have a problem with a transition from my living room to kitchen that I need advice for. Can you help? I don’t know if the kitchen floor should be pulled up to be level with living room, etc. I am laying down laminate 12.2 ml across from living room into kitchen. Should I use a step up transition or will make for a trip hazard?
Transitions are the areas where different types of flooring materials meet and butt up against one another. Ideally, flooring transitions are of equal levels. Equal level transitions are the best practice for both safety and aesthetic reasons, because unlevel transitions can create trip hazards and in commercial buildings, are regulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Level transitions also look better, as they don’t create focal point on the floor. For the best transitions, proper transition planning should happen before you begin you project. Perfectly level floors are not always possible, especially in remodels or where additions have been added. When unlevel transitions are unavoidable, try to make the height difference as small as possible to reduce trip hazards.
Given the large height difference with your floors, I recommend that you make the floors as level as possible by removing the extra layers of old flooring in your kitchen. That will get you very close to level and if there is still a bit of height difference, the manufacturer of the laminate you are installing should offer matching trim pieces. These pieces are known as baby thresholds and reducers. More than likely, a reducer will be the best choice for your situation.