We are installing a laminate in a room that has a stone fireplace. I think we should start with that wall but don't know for sure. It is on the longest wall and from what I have read, this is the place to start. I also know that we need to leave a space around the perimeter for expanding etc. How do we go about doing this around the fireplace? Should it contour around the stones or just leave it straight? If we contour around the stones, how do we cover the gap?
Thanks Florcraft. We took up the carpet and found that the stones are on a base that is about the height of the flooring that we are putting down. (Don't know why we didn't think of this first.) We should be able to get the flooring under the stones and hope to make it look decent. It will still probably need the grout as you suggested though. I wasn't sure what to fill it in with.
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