How to install laminate flooring edges

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How to install laminate flooring edges
Laminate flooring needs a 6 mm gap at the edges. (pin noueux image by Unclesam from

Laminate flooring has quickly become a popular feature in today's homes, with its wood-like appearance and durability. Laminate flooring also provides an economical choice for buyers. Adding the finishing touches on your new laminate floor involves the installation of the edges, or moulding as it is most commonly called. The moulding fits into the corners and against the wall where the flooring and wall meet. It also covers the 6 mm (1/4 inch) gap between the laminate and the wall, that allows the floor to expand and shrink as needed. Once installed, your floor will shine with beauty for years to come.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Compound mitre saw
  • Laminate moulding (number of pieces pending size of room)
  • Hammer
  • 1 box, 5 cm (2 inch) finishing nails

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  1. 1

    Remove any debris or tools along the wall where the moulding will be installed in the room.

  2. 2

    Begin in the corner on the longest wall in the room. Measure the distance from the beginning corner to the opposite wall. If the measurement is less than the length of one piece of moulding then use the saw to cut the moulding to the measurement.

  3. 3

    Lay the moulding against the wall, where the laminate flooring joins the wall. Slide the end into the beginning corner. Hammer a nail through the moulding and into the wall. Hammer a nail every two to three feet to secure the moulding in place.

  4. 4

    Measure from the end of the first piece of moulding to the opposite wall, and cut to fit. Hammer a nail in each end of the second piece of moulding, and every60 to 90 cm (2 to 3 feet) in the middle to secure it in place. Repeat this step until the room is complete with the moulding along the base of each wall and the floor.

Tips and warnings

  • It may be helpful to have an assistant hold the laminate moulding in place as you work on the opposite end with the hammer and nails, until it is fully in place.
  • Do not hammer the nails through the moulding and into the laminate flooring. The laminate flooring is considered a "floating floor" and must be allowed to expand and shrink as needed with the temperature change. Nailing the moulding through the laminate flooring could lead to the floor buckling.

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