How to Install Laminate Flooring Next to a Sliding Door Track

Written by billy brainard
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Laminate flooring can add a fresh new look to any room, and with its durability will not show the wear or dirt that carpet flooring would show. When working with laminate flooring, there can be issues when transitioning from one floor material to another, and when transitioning to a doorway, where the typical round moulding will not work. Installing a baby threshold will allow you to make the transition smoothly and add the finishing touches needed to complete the project.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • 1 section baby threshold moulding kit, 8 feet
  • Hacksaw
  • Drill
  • 1/4 inch mason/wood bit
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood saw
  • Wood glue

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  1. 1

    Leave a 1 1/8-inch distance between the edge of the newly installed laminate flooring and the sliding glass door frame. If needed use the saw to carefully trim the edges or ends of the flooring to allow room for the transition moulding.

  2. 2

    Measure the length of the sliding glass door and cut the metal track with the hacksaw to that measurement.

  3. 3

    Attach the metal track to the subfloor. Measure and attach the track so it is exactly 1/4-inch away from the edge of the laminate flooring. Drill a hole in the subfloor using the drill bit (wood bit for wood, or masonry bit for concrete) to match the pre-drilled holes in the track. Attach the track to the subfloor using the screws from the kit to tighten it down and hold it in place.

  4. 4

    Measure and cut the laminate moulding to the length of the sliding glass door and to match the length of the metal track.

  5. 5

    Run a single bead of glue inside the track to hold it in place. Insert the moulding tongue into the groove of the track, so the slopped or rounded edge is facing the sliding glass door. Press the moulding firmly into the track working from one end to the other. The raised edge of the moulding should just cover the flooring while the rounded or sloped side should gently touch or come close to the base of the sliding glass door frame.

Tips and warnings

  • Leaving a 1/4-inch gap between the metal track and the laminate flooring will allow the floor to expand or contract as needed.
  • Keep your hands and body away from the saw blade as the blade is very sharp and can cause serious injury.

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