How to Level Out the Floors After an Addition

Answered by Brendan ~ March 22, 2010 ~ Comments

We recently added another bedroom to our Toledo home. The problem is with the flooring--the addition is about one inch taller than the rest of the house. What is the best way to even out this discrepancy in height? We are desperate for an answer, as this has become a serious trip hazard!

Chuck R. ~ Toledo, Ohio

Brendan Fowler

There are a couple of options here depending on what flooring is meeting what flooring. If carpet is the surface on the low side, then the carpet can be pulled back and a floor-leveling compound can be added to ramp up to the higher floor surface. If it is an inch that you are trying to build up, I would float it out four feet at least, for a .25 inch per foot rise under the carpet. If it is two hard surfaces like tile and wood I might try to add a very wide transition strip to eliminate a sharp step. If it is in a door opening a custom threshold can cover it up. An inch is a big difference I would talk to the contractor and find out why there is such a difference between the floor heights. I would look into having the contractor fix the problem.

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