Sometimes after laying tile or hardwood the success of the whole projects depends on the quality of the trims and transitions used between various flooring materials. Here is an example where a custom solution was needed to transition from high tile to lower hardwood. Two trimming products were combined in a custom solution that not only solves the problem but also enhances the look of the floor.

Project conditions

  • Existing tile installed on 3/4″ plywood
  • Existing tile edge rough cut
  • New 3/4″ hardwood installed to the edge of the tiles
  • The goal is to create a trim that will reduce the tile to hardwood level while hiding the rough tile edge


To solve this situation two trimming products were used and combined in a custom solution

  • Natural oak reducer (Shut-Trim by Drummond Metal Products, Toronto Canada) cut to the right dimensions
  • Schluter┬«-RENO-T metallic profile to mask the edge of the tilea dn to enhance the look of the floor
  • Schluter profile


  1. Cut the oak reducer on its length so the height of the tile facing edge is at the tile level. (The reducer bought from the hardware store was wider and the tile facing edge taller than our needs)
  2. The tile presents a 135 degrees angle. To make the reducer pieces fit they were cut at a 67.5 degrees angle
  3. Cut the metal profile at the same 67.5 degrees angle
  4. Angle

  5. Cut both the hardwood reducers and the metal profile at needed length
  6. Stain and varnish the oak reducer to get as close as possible to the hardwood color
  7. Stain

  8. Use silicone caulk to put the metal trim in place
  9. Silicone caulk
    Silicone caulk
    Profile in place
    Profile in place

  10. Use glue to put the reducer in place
  11. Glue

  12. Put some weights on the reducer to keep it in place for as long as the glue producer specifies
  13. Clean the caulk and touch stain if needed
  14. Result

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