How to Install Laminate Floor Covering on Curved Surfaces With Transitions

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Transitioning from laminate floating floors to another surface isn't always difficult -- until you throw a curve into the mix. To put a transition molding around a curve, you'll need a flexible molding or a custom-made curved transition piece. A handful of companies specialize in either flexible or custom-made transition pieces, so you'll have to choose which route to go. The custom-made pieces are more expensive and can quickly tear through a flooring budget. Cutting the curves in the laminate isn't difficult with a jigsaw.

Things You'll Need

  • Curved or flexible transition molding
  • Measuring tape
  • Tracing paper
  • Jigsaw
  • Construction adhesive
  • Nailer
  • Nails
  • Measure and mark the required distance for your desired trim with a pencil. Transition moldings have a required distance between the two flooring surfaces for the molding to sit in. Depending on the flooring type, this will vary and will be included in the manufacturer's detailed instructions.

  • Install the laminate flooring up to the mark per the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Lay out the first plank that butts up to the curve without installing it.

  • Trace the curve that hits the plank onto a piece of paper to make a template.

  • Trace the template on the back of the plank with a pencil, ensuring the template is in the correct position for the plank.

  • Cut the curve with a jigsaw and install the plank to the rest of the floor.

  • Continue cutting the planks as needed as you come to them during your installation.

  • Apply a medium serpentine bead of construction adhesive to the back or bottom of the transition piece.

  • Press the transition molding into place.

  • Nail the transition piece with a nailer in the spacing increments recommended by the manufacturer.

  • Cover the nail holes with putty and finish by coloring the putty with a matching touch-up marker.

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