Laminate flooring is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to add beauty to your home while also increasing its value. With today's advancements in engineered flooring, you can get a real-wood look with scratch-resistant durability. There are multiple colors and styles to choose from to suit any remodeling project. Following a few basic installation steps, add the finishing touches with the moldings, and soon you will inviting your friends over to enjoy your new flooring.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- Wood saw
- Hack saw
- 1/4 inch wood drill bit (if needed)
- 1/4 inch masonry drill bit (if needed)
- T molding kit
- Screwdrivers (Phillips/flat head)
Clear the sub floor, where the T molding is to be laid, from any debris.
Measure the distance that the molding will need to be.
An example would be the distance from one side of the door frame to the other if the molding is being used to transition from the laminate flooring of one room to another, through the doorway.
Cut the molding carefully with the wood saw on the measured mark.
Cut the metal track for the molding with the hacksaw at the same measured mark.
Center the metal molding track between the two floorings, where the molding will provide a transition. There should be no more then 1/4 inch between the flooring and the molding, and the flooring should not touch the molding track, which allows the floor to expand and shrink as needed.
Mark the location of the mounting holes in the bottom of track onto the sub floor with a pen/pencil.
Drill a 1/4 inch hole in the sub floor. If the sub floor is wood, use the wood drill bit, if the sub floor is concrete, use the masonry bit.
Lay the metal molding track over the pre-drilled holes and, using the included screws, mount the track to the sub floor.
Starting at one end, insert the wood T molding into one end of metal track. Slowly press the T molding down into the track until it is secure.
Tips & Warnings
- You could also use a strong adhesive glue, such as Liquid Nails to adhere the molding track to the sub floor in place of drilling and mounting with screws.
- Avoid contact of the fingers or hands to the end of any saw blades as this could cause injury.
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