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Instructions for installing trims with laminate flooring

Updated February 21, 2017

Installing trim on your laminate floor adds the final touch; much like a beautiful bow completes a carefully wrapped package. Floor trims are an individual choice ranging from vintage skirting board salvaged from old homes to trims created by the laminate floor manufacturer. Manufactured trims are designed to compliment your choice of laminate flooring. Trims are available to perfectly match your laminate flooring or present a nice contrast.

Install T-mouldings to bridge the transition from the laminate flooring to tile or any other flooring that is the same height as the laminate. Measure the opening between the two floors. A distance of 3.1 cm (1 1/4 inches) is required for the moulding. Trim the laminate if the opening is not wide enough. Cut the T-moulding and the metal track to length. Use a sharp saw blade when cutting the T-moulding to avoid splintering. Snap the metal track onto the "T" on the bottom of the moulding. Run a bead of adhesive along the centre of the opening between the two floors and push the moulding into the adhesive. Secure the moulding with strips of painter's tape and remove after 24 hours.

Install skirting board to cover the expansion gap at the edges of the laminate flooring. Mitre the corners of the baseboard using a mitre saw. Laminate floors move; nail the baseboard to the wall studs not the floor. Use a nail set to countersink the heads of the nails in the skirting board.

Install quarter-round along the bottom edges of the skirting board. Mitre the corners of quarter-round with a mitre saw. Nail the quarter-round to the skirting board, countersinking the nail heads with a nail set. Quarter-round covers any gaps that occur if the flooring is cut too short and adds a finished look to the laminate floor.

Tip

Measure carefully when cutting skirting boards for mitring.

Things You'll Need

  • T-moulding
  • Track
  • Saw
  • Adhesive
  • Tape measure
  • Painters Tape
  • Mitre saw
  • Nails
  • Nail set
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Myra Smith has retired from the business world after successfully working as a manager in the accounting field over twenty years. Smith received her education in Texas (high school) and Missouri (University of Missouri) business courses offered by employer. Smith has now embarked on an exciting second career as a writer for Demand Studios. Smith writes articles in the Home and Garden section.