Where does the kitchen end and the lounge begin? – Floor profiles
Integration of the existing floor with the new one is a frequent problem with interiors. Moreover, floor-panel manufacturers recommend using additional expansion joints (1–2 cm wide) in rooms longer than 8 m, and such joints need an aesthetic finish. A solution to this problem is the use of floor profiles. When selecting a profile you must answer the question about the future function of the profile.
Depending on the function, profiles may be classified into four groups:
- Dilatation profiles join floors laid at the same level. These profiles may integrate any type of flooring, e.g. laminated panels with ceramic tiles. The wide range of colour profiles available on the market enables matching laminated floor or tile patterns. You can also choose a silver, gold or titanium profile as a decorative element which matches existing fittings, door handles or curtain poles.
- Levelling profiles are designed for joining floors at unequal levels. Partial replacement of the floor by e.g. laminated panels may produce a difference in levels between the new flooring and existing ceramic tiles. Such differences may be minor, yet even a few millimetres may need an aesthetic levelling by means of a suitable profile. Levelling profiles are available in many colours and widths.
- Finishing profiles close the floor boundary or mask the expansion joint if it is not covered e.g. by a skirting board. They are most useful in the case of entrance doors or balcony recesses.
- Stair profiles are used for step-edge finishing. Some profiles of this kind have an additional anti-slip layer, which ensures a safe stair finish.
The method of assembly is another point to be considered when selecting a profile. Some profiles may be easily bonded to the floor by means of a special adhesive layer which is located on the underside of the profile. This type of assembly is especially recommended if the floor contains installations such as floor heating. Screwed profiles may be used in the absence of installations and if there is no danger of interference with the substrate. Screws may either be visible or invisible with screw hidden inside the profile. Screwed profiles are ideal when looking for proven, durable solutions.
The market also offers general-purpose solutions for those who are not sure about floor level differences at the time of purchase, as well as for those who have already selected an ideal colour match and want to finish their floors in different places by means of the same profile. “3-in-1” profile allows for connecting the same levels, levelling different surfaces, and finishing the floor near the door.
Depending on its purpose, this profile can be glued to the floor or fixed by means of mounting pins. The set contains all the assembly accessories. This is an all-in-one solution!