Many homeowners take on the project of installing their own laminate flooring only to be stymied by the small details required to perform a successful and professional-looking installation. Cutting the laminate itself can be one such problem. While straight cuts are easy to master, an odd shape such as a semi-circle wall may present problems, causing you to waste planks while trying to make the proper cut. Specific methods used by professional installers will alleviate the problem and ensure a well-finished project.
Things You'll Need
- Large sheet of cardboard
- Utility knife
Place a large sheet of cardboard on the floor where it meets the curve of the wall, folding the long edge of the cardboard up along the wall until the entire floor edge has been covered.
Cut the cardboard along the joint where the floor meets the wall, using a utility knife and taking care to cut away from your hands and body. You now have an exact template of the semi-circle edge of the floor.
Place the template on each plank of laminate and trace the required arc onto the plank before cutting it, following standard installation procedures.
Check each curved plank edge as it's installed to be sure the minimum 1/4-inch expansion joint has been maintained along the entire semi-circle of floor.
Tips & Warnings
- Always maintain the proper expansion joint along every outside edge of the laminate flooring to allow expansion and maintain the integrity of the manufacturer's warranty.
- Keep a scrap of flexible quarter round handy to check that the expansion gap will be covered after each plank is cut and laid.
- Always wear hand and eye protection when using cutting tools.
- Photo Credit Parquet floor image by Einar Bog from Fotolia.com
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