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Denver Hardwood Floors Reducer Benefits

November 7, 2018

Have you often looked around your home and wished you could change something in order to update the interior while increasing the property value? Ever vacuum the carpet and realized how much dirt and debris gets trapped in there on a daily basis? Wanted to improve the look of your floor plan making it feel more open, warm, and inviting? If you’ve ever thought about one or more of these things then it’s time to consider that hardwood flooring solution.

You may think that adding hardwood floors is too big of an undertaking or requires an enormous amount of work to rid your home of existing flooring surfaces but that is often not the case. Often, hardwood floors can be installed over existing laminate or maybe you already have hardwoods in some rooms but want to ensure all of your floors match and run smoothly together. Reducer, or transition pieces make certain there is no distinct rise, edge, or trip hazards once they are installed. In fact, the hardwood reducer has a number of benefits and can help you achieve the desired look for your home or office almost immediately.

What is a Reducer?

A hardwood floor reducer typically comes in two different styles depending on the application - flush mount or overlap. Used to make a smooth transition between floors of different heights, the flush mount butts up to the flooring surface and gradually slopes down to the already existing floor. An overlap hangs over the new floor surface and provides a similar transition depending on the flooring types already in place.


The reducer is extremely adaptable and can be used to transition from new hardwood floors to an existing surface or a new installation to carpet. The piece or pieces can also be stained to match the surrounding floor and do not stand out or create an eyesore regardless of their length.


One of the most common applications for a hardwood floor reducer involves the removal of an existing wall - typically from a kitchen to a living or dining room in hopes of opening up the existing floor plan. 

For example, if you have a laminate kitchen floor simply placed on top of a subfloor and either existing hardwoods or carpet in the adjoining the room, often the two floor surfaces will not be of identical heights once the wall is removed. In this instance, the installation of a hardwood flooring reducer will create a smooth surface between the two where the wall once stood.


There are a number of main benefits to hardwood floors and ensuring they maintain a quality look and the needed durability is key. A reducer can accomplish both as it blends in with the selected floor coloring and will not create a noticeable difference and only serves as a gradual rise to combat more of a step.

If professionally installed, often the difference will be unnoticeable after a couple of days walking from one room to the other.

When you’re ready to improve the quality and value of your home or office then look no further than TGB Flooring. Our professionally trained employees have been serving the Denver area since 1990 and can assist you in determining the appropriate look, feel, and direction for your space while providing hands on experience and explanations about the work that needs to be accomplished. Contact us today at 303-738-9910 to schedule your free estimate to get started.