Instructions For Installing Laminate Transitions

The process for installing laminate transitions can vary depending on the product you purchase. The method in which the transitions are fastened can also vary.

Most of the transitions I have installed come with a U shaped strip that is fastened to the floor. The transition then snaps in the U shaped channel.

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Different Types of Transitions

Example of one floor being higher than the other when installing laminate transition mold

Example of one floor being higher than the other when installing laminate transition mold

Example of one floor being higher than the other when installing laminate transition mold

Example of one floor being higher than the other when installing laminate transition mold

Example of one floor being higher than the other when installing laminate transition mold

Example of one floor being higher than the other when installing laminate transition mold

Example of one floor being higher than the other when installing laminate transition mold



Example of one floor being higher than the other when installing laminate transition mold

There are times when the U channel cannot be used, example: The flooring you are transitioning to is higher than the laminate your installing, as in this photo to the left . In this case the mold will have to be modified and glued.




How to finish off the carpet to a laminate transition.

Installing Laminate Transitions T-Mold on Concrete

Most of the transition moldings come with a track that needs to be fastened to the floor first. If your sub floor is wood its a lot easier to install the track.

The placement of the molding needs to be considered beforehand. In an opening with a door you want the molding to be directly under the door when the door is closed. If there is carpet outside the room where the laminate is installed, you want the carpet to stop at the door when it is closed.

Most of the time I install the track after the laminate is installed. I do this to allow me to have more room when I install the last plank up to the doorway.



In this case I am going to explain how to install a T-mold between laminate and ceramic tile.



Tools Needed


  • Drill (Hammer drills are faster on concrete)
  • 1/4 inch masonry drill bit
  • 1/4 inch dowel, I get them at Home Depot for about 79 cents
  • Screw gun or screw driver
  • Tin snips to cut the track Or what ever works for you (hack saw)
  • Pencil and tape measure


  • Laminate T-mold close up photo
    Here is a T-mold with the track. This shows how they will fit together








    In this photo you can see how the T-mold will fit into the track. The tracks come in metal and plastic. Notice the expansion between the track and the laminate flooring.

    Placement

    The very first thing I do when installing laminate transitions is to cut a sample of the mold I'm going to install. I use the sample to determine exactly where the track will be placed within the doorway.

    I position the sample in the doorway so it is under the door when its closed. I make two marks on the floor where the tab from the T-mold is on each side of the doorway. (the tab is the bottom part of the T-mold that fastens into the track)

    When I install the T-mold between these marks on each side of the doorway I know it will end up exactly where I want it.

    Installing the Track


    The tracks usually come with some screws and plastic inserts for installing the tracks. The problem I have found with the plastic inserts is if you don't drill the hole in the exact spot your track can end up curved. Using dowels will give you some play to move the screw around to keep the track straight.

    I'm cutting the track to fit in the doorway for the laminate transition mold

    Cut the track to fit the width of the doorway. I like to leave a little space on each end, about 1/4 of an inch. At this point if your sub floor is wood you can screw the track down now. Use screws that don't have too big of a head. If the screw sticks up too high the mold will not seat down far enough. If you have to leave the screws sticking up some, you can always mark the molding where each screw is and shave a little off the tab underneath the mold.

    I'm marking the holes on the laminate transition track so I know where to drill

    Hold the track between the marks you made on each side of the doorway and mark with a pencil in the pre-made holes in the track, one on each side and two in the middle. I also make marks on the ceramic tile to help me position the track before I screw it down.

    Here I drill 4 holes for the laminate transition track

    Next drill the holes with a 1/4 inch masonry drill bit where you made the marks on the floor. Drill each hole a little deeper than the length of the screws. I put a hole at each end not too far from the door jamb so the ends won't lift after the molding is snapped in.

    Insert dowel in the hole so the track that holds the laminate molding can be installed

    Next insert the dowel in the hole tap it in with a hammer and snap it off at the bottom. Make sure there isn't any sticking up above the concrete. If there is scrap it off with a chisel or screw driver.

    Screw the Track down for the laminate transition



    Secure the track to the floor with wood screws. Don't use screws that are too long. I like to use 3/4 inch screws.

    After the track is installed we need to cut the transition mold to fit. 

    Cutting The Transitions Continued on Page 2




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    OTHER TYPES OF TRANSITION PROJECTS

    How to finish off the carpet to a laminate transition.

    Modifying and gluing uneven transitions.

    Cutting laminate flooring Transitions



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