Trying to find a transition that doesn’t take away from the beauty of your flooring or wall tile and installs with ease can be a challenge. As the tech-savvy among us might say, “There’s an app for that.” This sentiment can be translated to the flooring industry as well: “There’s a trim for that.”

Transitions are being used in both commercial and residential projects. They offer solutions for many issues that come up in floor and wall installations, whether you are dealing with a tile that needs a bullnose, a level change in the floor, protection for an outside vertical corner, or a radius application.

Do one or both flooring surfaces need to be covered? Is the width or slope of the reveal important? What shape works with the design, and what finish is specified? You can find a variety of trims to help answer your project-specific questions, including wall trims that are round or square, and floor transitions available in various shapes and widths—with or without an anchoring leg.

Finished concrete is becoming more popular and this type of flooring needs to be protected. Regardless of the flooring height you’ll need a transition to prevent a trip hazard. Lower height materials can use a simple L angle, while taller materials may require ADA consideration.

The more boxes you can check off in an installation—what enhances the look of the floor or wall, and what helps it last longer?—the better the result. Available profiles on the market include reducers to accommodate two different heights of flooring, with some that cover one or both surfaces, and some that bend for radius installations. All of them are designed to help save on labor and costs.

Metal transitions that offer the extra protection of a reveal can prevent carpet from fraying or vinyl floor and wall tile from chipping at the edges. You can also choose different widths of reveals, depending on how much of the transition you want to see. Problems that can come up in an installation can often be solved simply by selecting the proper shape and size for the metal transition.

For example, using a metal transition that has a lip that slopes down at an angle is a solution that eliminates the need to flash the flooring up. Additionally, installing a profile where the wall tile ends will eliminate the need for a bullnose while adding a design element.

Many new and interesting finishes are available for metal transitions, including colors that match or contrast with the flooring, the wall tile or the hardware. Anodized, color coated and textured finishes are available in aluminum; brushed, polished and mill finishes are available in stainless steel. With these looks, metal transitions are no longer simply functional—they have become a new way to add a design element to a project.

Rest assured, you can find a metal transition for just about every type of flooring or tile, in any design and taste, and still keep the owner happy and within budget. Ask your metal trim manufacturer or distributor what they recommend for your application; transitions are their business and they will know the best products available for your situation.