How to install laminate flooring next to patio doors

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Laminate flooring has been available for several decades, and the newer style allows it to be installed in virtually any room in the house that has a proper substrate. The key to proper installation of laminate flooring is to understand how the floor needs to be finished where it meets surfaces other than a straight wall, and doorways such as patio doors need extra care due to the possibility of water seepage than can ruin a laminate floor.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Laminate one-piece end moulding, length to fit width of doors
  • Measuring tape
  • Jigsaw or mitre saw
  • Mildew resistant 100 per cent silicone

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Install the last row of laminate flooring, stopping 1/2 inch from the bottom edge of the patio doors. Note that you will leave the standard 1/4-inch expansion gap on either side of the doors; the 1/2-inch gap is for the doorway only.

  2. 2

    Measure the width of the patio doors and transfer your measurement to the strip of one-piece end moulding.

  3. 3

    Cut the end moulding to the measurement, using a jigsaw or mitre saw to ensure a straight cutting edge.

  4. 4

    Apply silicone to the subfloor in the one half inch gap of the floor, taking care to cover the entire surface of the subfloor.

  5. 5

    Run a bead of silicone onto the wide edge of the end piece where it will come into contact with the door.

  6. 6

    Place the end moulding into the floor gap, pressing the moulding firmly against the patio door frame and firmly into the silicone on the subfloor.

  7. 7

    Run a bead of silicone along the top seam of the one-piece moulding where the moulding meets the patio doors, taking care to fill any gaps with silicone.

  8. 8

    Wipe off any excess silicone that is visible.

Tips and warnings

  • Excess silicone can be cleaned off with acetone, which will not harm the laminate surface.
  • Always wear hand and eye protection when using power tools.

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