Trimming Laminate Flooring

floors, flooringChances are, the last row will need to be ripped (cut lengthwise) to fit. Here’s how to do it like a pro. 

Step 1: Place the final row of boards on top of the last row of installed boards. 

Step 2: Lay a scrap board on top of the stack with one side against the wall.

Step 3: Attach a 1/4-in. spacer to a pencil, then mark the final row with the pencil. This marks the boards for the amount of space between the last installed board and the wall less 1/4 in. for expansion. The quarter-round or other trim will eventually cover the expansion gap.

Some interlocking laminate flooring that can be used in bathrooms and other potentially wet areas are sealed by installing a small continuous bead of glue at the top edge of the joint during assembly. Excess glue is wiped off. In addition, the floor’s edges are caulked to keep water from running under the flooring.

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