Laminate flooring is a viable product to install on concrete, as long as the moisture level is within a range that is acceptable to the manufacturer's guidelines. The problem many do-it-yourself homeowners encounter in this situation is when they begin to finish the edges of the floor. Laminate flooring requires transition strips where the floor meets another surface such as carpeting, and the transition strips are typically screwed into place. There's a specific method that you must use when installing laminate transitions on a concrete substrate instead of a wood subfloor.
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Things you need
- Measuring tape
- Transition strip kit
- Mitre saw and box
- 100-percent silicone sealant
- Construction adhesive, rated for concrete
Measure the area where the transition is to be placed, and mark the transition strip and metal track to the required length.
Cut the transition piece and metal track, using a mitre box and saw to cut the transition and a hacksaw to cut the metal track.
Place the metal track on the floor where the transition will be installed, taking care to leave the required expansion space between the wood laminate and the floor it will transition to. While manufacturer requirements may vary, the typical expansion space for laminates is 1/4 inch. Mark the line on the subfloor.
Seal the wood laminate edge where it meets the subfloor by running a bead of 100-percent silicone sealant across the flooring and underlayment. This will prevent moisture from the concrete from warping your floor beneath the transition strip.
Run a bead of concrete-grade construction adhesive on the subfloor where the metal track will be located.
Position the metal track onto the subfloor and press it firmly into the construction adhesive, taking care that the edge of the track meets the marked expansion line. Allow to cure according to the adhesive manufacturer's specifications.
Press the transition strip down on the metal track by inserting the ridge on the bottom of the transition into the groove on the metal track. Push on the right side of the transition until it seats in the groove, and then run your hand along the length of the transition while applying pressure to seat the entire length of the transition.
Set the transition piece and track in place before you begin laying your floor so you can make sure that you have the correct transition piece and installation space required for your specific installation.
Tips and warnings
- Always wear hand and eye protection when using cutting tools.
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