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john1529 04-20-2005 11:54 AM

Laminate and moulding
I installed laminate flooring in a dry area and need to install quarter round. I know the floor must be able to expand and contract. I notice that the laminate near the walls will move up and down slightly when walked on. Is it ok to push the quarter round down to hold the laminate down and nail the moulding to the wall? Can this harm the laminate by preventing movement? It seems like it would still be able to move back and forth similar to if it had a heavy object on it.


floorman 04-20-2005 06:17 PM

It would be do as you said.As long as you do not nail through the laminate and nail it to the floor then you are good to go:cool:

Floorwizard 04-22-2005 08:25 PM

I concur.
but the question is why it is bowing....

Teetorbilt 04-23-2005 10:16 AM

I'm guessing that the undrlay is compressing.

Benhamcarpetguy 04-23-2005 12:41 PM

Was the floor installed to manufacturer's tolerances? If the substrate has deviations in flatness beyond the (usually)3/16 inch and you'll get that "springboard" effect. Forcing it down at the perimeter will only put the pressure in another location. Constant flex will break your tongue and the floor will fail.

But to your actual question, no, holding it down with 1/4 round won't restrict expansion/contraction as long as you don't nail through the floor.


john1529 04-25-2005 10:35 AM

Thanks for the responses. There was just a little noise from the underlayment rubbing along the side of the baseboard. This worked great. Thanks again!

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