The certain look that metal transitions – be it stainless steel or aluminum – bring to a commercial project is becoming incredibly popular. Metal transitions for carpet, luxury vinyl, resilient flooring and luxury plank are all showing up in specifications more and more. Even with a finished manufacturer’s edge on carpet or carpet tiles, designers and architects like the finished look of the metal lip over the carpet, as well as the durable installation, offering a huge advantage in terms of longevity. Anodized aluminum floor profiles take more abuse, and we are starting to see metal transitions specified in schools and hospitals where carpet and vinyl are dominant.
Selection has opened the door to a range of possibilities. The varied designs and dimensions are so numerous that the contractor no longer has to pick a trim that is “close enough” for his or her application. Each project’s specific transition needs have an equally specific solution now. Examples of this show up in the many lines of carpet trims available on the market today. Not only are there various design options, but height options as well to accommodate hard or soft surface flooring next to carpet and vinyl – along with quite a few “reveal,” or lip dimensions, to cover the edge of either flooring or both sides of the application.