How to install transition strips for laminate flooring

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How to install transition strips for laminate flooring
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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

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Snips
  • Cordless drill
  • Mitre saw
  • Cloth
  • Hammer

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  1. 1

    Measure the length of transition strip needed. Cut the transition trim track at this length with your snips.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Install your laminate flooring. Leave a 1/4-inch gap between the edge of the flooring and the trim track.

  4. 4

    Cut the transition strip to the correct length with your mitre saw.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

    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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