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jcks 06-24-2012 08:34 PM

Installing Laminate Flooring
Can we install laminate flooring without removing the baseboards? If so, how do we ensure that the expansion gap is accounted for without using spacers?

Fix'n it 06-24-2012 08:41 PM

sure. but it wouldn't be installed correctly. why do you not want to remove the base board ?

joecaption 06-24-2012 08:43 PM

I never remove the baseboards, only the 1/4 round.
You have to use some form of space, with out one there's nothing solid to tap the pieces together againt.
I like to use strips of plywood not those cheap plastic small ones.

jcks 06-24-2012 08:50 PM

We were trying to save time by leaving the baseboards on, to prevent damaging them or the walls we just painted.

If you don't remove the baseboards and use the pieces of wood, how do you remove them to allow for the floor to expand?

jcks 06-24-2012 08:59 PM

If you don't remove the baseboards and use the pieces of wood for the expansion, how do you remove them to allow for the expansion?

joecaption 06-24-2012 09:02 PM

The plywood is only used as a temperary spacer, once it's done you remove them.
There just sitting againt the baseboard not attached to it.

jcks 06-24-2012 09:14 PM

what width of wood pieces do you use to ensure the 1/4 round will cover the expansion gap?

joecaption 06-24-2012 09:18 PM

What's it say to leave for a gap on the box of flooring, whatever it says that's what you use.

Fix'n it 06-24-2012 09:19 PM


Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 950817)
I never remove the baseboards, only the 1/4 round.

my bad. i don't use 1/4 round. i remove the BB and run the planks up close to the wall. reinstalling the BB covers the gap.

joecaption 06-24-2012 09:27 PM

If it's a sheetrock wall there most often 1/2" up off the floor, how would you be able to leave a gap if eveytime you tap the butt joints together the flooring slids tight to the bottom plate.
Leaving the baseboards on will save hours of work removing, reinstalling and all the needed tough ups.

jcks 06-24-2012 09:33 PM

Our baseboards are going to be about an 1/8 inch higher than the laminate flooring we bought...doesn't the area between the baseboard and drywall count towards the expansion gap? So for instance the laminate we purchased says to allow 1/4 inch expansion gap...if the area under the molding is 1/4 inch deep, do we use a really thin piece to just butt the floor up against?

we are replacing a carpet and pad with 10mm laminate w/ built in underlayment.

joecaption 06-24-2012 09:44 PM

Check out page 378. removing the trim and base is optional.
To each there own, it works for me to leave it in place.

JetSwet 06-24-2012 09:59 PM

If you have small base molding and installing 10mm laminate which is thicker then say 7mm then your 1/4" or 1/2" quarter round might not make it look right. Might need to take the molding off but it is all on preference and the 1/4" gap is key no mater which way you go or how you make the gap stay.

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