How To Install Laminated Flooring Transition Molding
1. What Is Laminated Flooring Transition Molding
Laminate flooring is one of the least expensive floor coverings available. Often referred to as a floating floor because it does not attach to the sub floor, the material is a snap to install. When laminate flooring is used in conjunction with other types of flooring, a transition strip is needed to cover the expansion joint between the two surfaces. Several types of transitions are available to accommodate different flooring applications. Although they generally install the same, you must choose a transition that is suited for your application needs. Doorways are the most common areas that require a transition strip.
1) Choose a transition designed to connect your new laminate floor to your existing floor. If your existing floors are tile, you must choose a transition suited for that type of flooring. The correct type of transition is crucial to achieve a professional look.
2) Remove any dirt or debris from the expansion joint.
3) Measure the length of the expansion joint using a tape measure and transfer it to the transition molding. You must provide an accurate measurement to achieve a tight fit between the doorways or walls.
4) Cut the transition strip using a woodcutting saw. A jigsaw, circular saw or miter saw is ideal for cutting the transition strips.
5) Place the transition strip in the expansion joint and check the fit. If it is too tight, make any adjustments until you achieve a perfect fit.
3. Gluing Transition Moldings
Apply a 1/4-inch bead of flooring or construction adhesive along the center of the expansion joint.
Place the transition strip in the expansion joint and press down firmly.
Adjust the transition strip so it covers the unfinished edge of the laminate flooring and the edge of the old flooring.
Remove excess adhesive with a clean rag.
Secure the transition strip in place using blue masking tape every four or five inches. Place weighted objects on top of glued down transitions to ensure adequate contact with subfloor. Leave in place until the adhesive dries, usually about 24 hours.
4. Anchoring Transition Moldings
Place the transition channel in the center of the expansion joint. You want equal distances along both sides of the transition channel between the two floors.
Mark the location of the mounting holes on the subfloor using a pencil. Remove the channel from the expansion joint.
Drill pilot holes using the appropriate size and type of drill bit for the channel's mounting screws. If the subfloor is concrete, you will need a masonry bit, hammer drill, screw gun and concrete screws to mount the channel.
Place the transition channel in the expansion joint and secure using the mounting screws.
Position the transition molding over the channel and snap into place.
5. Things You Will Need
1) Tape Measure
2) Woodcutting saw
5) Blue masking tape
8) Drill bit
9) Masonry bit
10) Hammer drill
11) Screw gun
12) Concrete screws
During installation of your laminate floor, make sure to leave the required amount of space between the laminate and existing floors. The required distance varies between manufacturers but is typically 3/4-inch.