Laminate 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, Quarter Round, Threshold and Wall Base. Always read the manufactures installation instructions to determine where and type required.
“T” Style Transition
T- laminate moulding (molding) is used in doorways or entryways to finish the space between two pieces of laminate flooring. T-Molding is also used when your room is longer or wider than a manufacturer allows for their style of laminate flooring. When working in an area where you have two floor surfaces that are nearly the same height T-Molding is the usual choice. T-Molding can also be used for laminate to carpet transitions.
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 is used where the flooring meets a step-down or landing. The function of Stair Nose is to create an attractive threshold. The stair nose catches the impact of floor traffic while providing a finished appearance to the 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. It is used around the perimeter of the floor to cover the required expansion gap. Wall Base Molding is nailed to the wall and never to the floor.
Quarter Round is used much like a Wall Base molding to conceal the required expansion gap between the wall and the laminate flooring. Can be used under cabinet toe kicks where a wall base won’t fit. Also, used at the base of a stairs or other vertical surface. Quarter Round Moldings are often used with Wall Base molding to achieve a decorative appearance.