Installing flooring around door frames and door jambs can be difficult if you're installing the same flooring in more than one room. In general, you should plan on cutting or removing any trim around the door to fit the new flooring. Then the pieces of flooring should be cut to accommodate the shape of the structural frame and jamb of the door. Of course, if you're transitioning between two types of flooring at the door, you can always install a door threshold to create a finished seam between the different materials.
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Things you need
- Pry bar
- Nail nippers
- Flush-cut dovetail saw
- Rubber mallet
Use a pry bar to remove any baseboards in the room where you're installing flooring. Remove any nails protruding from the back of the baseboard using a pair of nail nippers to cut them off flush to the board. Number the back of each piece, starting clockwise from the main entrance for easy installation after the flooring is installed.
Remove any old flooring using a pry bar as necessary. If the old flooring is in good condition and you intend to install the new flooring over it, skip this step.
Take a small piece of the new flooring and place it against the trim around the door. If you intend to install a new sub floor or underlayment, place a piece of the material underneath the new flooring, then butt both against the trim. Mark where the new flooring hits the trim against the door.
Cut the trim around the door at the pencil mark using a flush-cut dovetail saw . Continue this process until all of the vertical trim is at the proper height for the new flooring.
Measure between the two door jambs at the widest part and cut a piece of flooring to fit the jamb, using a jigsaw. If you're installing vinyl flooring, use a utility knife for this step. Tile will require a wet saw, and may require several pieces to span the distance between a traditional door frame.
Transfer any indentations on the jamb to the piece of flooring, using a pencil. Cut away these pieces carefully, being sure to measure several times before cutting to ensure a tight fit.
Slide the piece of flooring into place. If you're installing wood flooring, you can use a rubber mallet to tap the flooring between the door frame into place. Once you're satisfied with the fit, use the appropriate method for your flooring type to attach it to the sub floor.
Tips and warnings
- It's very important to have a flush-cut dovetail saw or similar saw type to cut any vertical trim. This tool allows you to create a cut that's very close and parallel to the floor, ensuring a fit without gaps when installing the new flooring.
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