Laminate Install Question
My question is how do I do the transition from the laminate floor to the tile floor of the kitchen. As you can see in the photos, there is a metal lip that appears to have been grouted to the end of the tiles. From the subfloor to the top of the metal lip is 18mm. From the subfloor to the top of the tiles, its about 15mm almost exactly the same thickness as the laminate (13mm+2mm attached underlay).
Do I try and remove this metal strip, and install a t-molding between the laminate and the tile? I've read somewhere that because the height of the laminate and the tile is almost exact, you can forgo the t-molding and run the laminate 10mm away from the tile and just use colour match caulking to fill the void? If there is any damage to the tile from removing the metal lip obviously this won't be an option. If I don't remove the metal lip and try and put a tmolding over top of it, there will be a 3mm gap I think between the bottom the molding and the tile.
Follow-up question. If the answer is to remove the metal lip and use a t-molding. Due to the fact your supposed to leave a 10mm gap around the whole perimeter, do you need to leave the same 10mm gap between the end of the first board and the face edge of the t-molding? (See my terrible mock up drawing of the t-mold attached).
I have two scenarios like the attached picture. 1 where the planks run parallel to the tile/metal strip and 2 where the ends of the planks meet the metal lip / tile at a 45 degree angle.