Any building you walk in, if you pay attention to the flooring, you will notice transition strips wherever one type of flooring meets another. These transition strips do a few things. They allow for expansion and contraction in the different types of flooring, and this allowance prevents buckling of the flooring. Buckling can pose a significant problem to laminate floors if they aren't given enough contraction and expansion room. The other thing the transition strips do is provide a nice, clean and finished edge to the floor. If the two types of floor do not line up perfectly, the transition strip covers these imperfections.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Cordless drill
- Mitre saw
Measure the length of transition strip needed. Cut the transition trim track at this length with your snips.
Place the transition strip trim track on the floor next to the adjoining floor surface. Leave a 1/4-inch gap between the trim track and the other floor surface. Screw the trim track to the subfloor using a cordless drill and the provided screws.
Install your laminate flooring. Leave a 1/4-inch gap between the edge of the flooring and the trim track.
Cut the transition strip to the correct length with your mitre saw.
Position the transition strip over the track you installed previously. Place a cloth over the top of the track and gently hammer it into place. It will click into the track below.
Work your way down the rest of the strip, finishing hammering the strip into the track.
Tips and warnings
- If your transition strip track will be anchored into concrete, you will need to pre-drill the holes with a masonry bit, install plastic anchors into the holes, and then fasten the screws into anchors.
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