Moulding (Transition) Selection
The use of the proper laminate moulding or “molding” covers the expansion gap and gives your laminate flooring that finished look. The expansion gap reduces the opportunity for future floor failure. There is a variety of laminate moulding and transitions. T-Molding, Stair Nose, Reducer Strip, 1/4- Round, Threshold and Wall Base. Always read the manufactures installation instructions to determine where and type required.
“T” Style Transition
T- laminate moulding (molding): Used in doorways or entryways to finish the space between two pieces of laminate flooring. Add expansion space to divide large rooms. Cover this space with a T-molding or similar transition. Always adhere to the manufacturers installation standards. T-Molding is a good choice where you have two floor surfaces that are nearly the same height. For laminate to carpet transitions a T-Molding can be used.
Reducer laminate moulding, used to transition laminate flooring with other floors of different heights. Used with carpet, vinyl, ceramic tile and hardwood. Reducers are sloped on one side. This type of molding usually secures to a track.
Stair nose laminate moulding is available for overlap and flush mount applications. Flush Stair nose finishes the flooring edge at staircases, step-downs and landings. Overlap Step nose: Used where the flooring meets a step-down or landing. The function of Stair Nose is to create an attractive threshold. Stair nosing catches the traffic impact and adds a finished appearance to a step.
Baby threshold laminate moulding, used at sliding glass doors, along wall bases, door thresholds, fireplaces, closets, carpet, and against exterior doorways. Baby threshold serves as a transition between flooring and the threshold. This is a versatile trim adaptable for slight vertical height difference.
Wall Base is that classic finish that borders the laminate floor wherever the wall and flooring meet. Used around the perimeter of the floor to cover the required expansion gap. Never nail wall base molding to the floor.
Quarter Round: Used much like a Wall Base molding to conceal the required expansion gap between the wall and the laminate flooring. Also, under cabinet toe kicks where a wall base won’t fit. Quarter round is commonly used at vertical objects and the base of a stairsse molding.