How to Install Reducer Molding

How to Install Reducer Molding

Reducer molding is the transition piece you install between two types of flooring that are of different heights to make the transition safe for walking between two spaces. For example, when you are transitioning from laminate or engineered wood floor down to vinyl planks or some other low-profile flooring, a reducer will be the best option for you.

You may find a broad selection of reducer moldings in our store. It comes in various sizes to manage many height differences and create a smooth, professional-looking transition from one floor to another, reducing tripping hazards. Read on to learn about how to install reducer molding and make the transition between the two floor heights aesthetically pleasing. 

Reducer Molding Installation: Essential Steps

Reducer molding installation is an easy job for any DIYer. Follow these simple steps to install it right.

First, you need to carefully measure the space between the two floors because this measurement determines what size and type of reducer molding you need to cover the gap and bridge the space.

Then you need to measure the length of the required reducer molding and cut it to the required length. You may also need to stain the reducer molding to match the existing floor and let it dry before you start installing it.

To attach the molding, apply glue to its front edge. Then you need to apply one or two ¼ inch beads of a good construction adhesive to the subfloor and seat the reducer molding in place.

To assure a flush surface in any glue-down installation, you need to tape the molding piece to the floor while the glue is setting. If you need to nail the reducer to wood subfloors, you should pre-drill the molding to prevent splitting.

If you are looking to install a new floor in your house, don’t forget about installing transition molding that works for different types of flooring, including engineered wood, laminate, tile, and vinyl planks. At Stone & Tile, you can find a wide range of wood and vinyl reducer molding, T-molding, threshold, and other types of vinyl and wood trim at competitive prices.
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