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Old 04-03-2007, 11:35 AM   #1
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My preception is, lay laminate floor then put on moulding, but I saw other threads talking about even doing moulding before painting... therefore, I want to confirm I have the right preception...

also do I really need quarter round moulding? would the laminate floor be good enough being covered by the 3.5" moulding?

I saw our home from the builder have both 3.5"+quarter round for the first floor hardwood flooring... I kind of don't understand that, as if they lay the hardwood floor first, couldn't they make the gap between the wall and the floor be so small that a 3.5" moulding can cover the gap?....

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Depends on the size of the room and the required gap. If gap required for expansion is 1/4" and the baseboard is 1/2" think then no qtr round is required. You could still do it if you like the look. I don't.


As for pre-painting trim and baseboards. Thats what I did and it worked out great. I only had to fill nail holes, sand and paint, small areas. I did carpet so baseboards and trim went in before the carpet.

For you - Paint all the walls first, then install the floor, case out doors and then install baseboards. By following this order you will not need to trim casing to slip the laminate under and you will net a nice transition.

Pre-painting all trim and baseboards will make the chances of a disaster (spilling paint on new floor) less likely. You will still have to clean up some sanding debris and will need to be careful doing touch up painting but it will be minimal and go quickly.

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Thank you so much for the detail explanations....
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Hi, first time poster here.

I searched for moulding and since thise thread has to do with 1/4 rounds it might be the best place to ask.

I laid down some click and fold laminate flooring on my own.

I am now looking to purchase and install the moulding on my own, just so I can say I laid and finished a floor all on my own.

I noticed in some places the gap between the floor boards and flooring is really wide (some places up to an inch and a half)

Any opinions or tips & tricks would be greatly appreciated

My question is; Would it look exceptionally bad if I only used the "all purpose spacer moulds" along the side of the walls that have the large gaps and just uses the quarter rounds everywhere else?

Moulding isn't cheap and I have about 200 feet to cover with just the 1/4 rounds alone. adding the spacers in the whole way would double the cost.

The reason I'm asking first is because i'm selling the house and I don't want to do it the cheap way and make it look totally wacky.

I knew I should have been more careful with the measurements but I was on a very tight budget and was running out of the flooring.
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I noticed in some places the gap between the floor boards and flooring is really wide (some places up to an inch and a half)
Yikes, looks to me like you better rip some scrap flooring because you have some holes to fill. All moldings should be the same to look right.
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I have just completed installing 5 rooms of laminate flooring! These were done using 3 different brands!
In all cases, the manufacturer insists that a gap of 1/4" to 3/8" is to be allowed around the full perimeter of the room.
This is acheived by using wedges of suitable size! This gap is required, to allow for expansion! Otherwise, as humidity is drawn into the flooring, it will cause it to buckle!
This gap, is then covered with 3/4" -1/4 round molding!
Door casings are to be under-cut to allow the flooring to expand underneath! To do this, I bought a special saw, with an offset handle, to make the under-cut
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Yikes, looks to me like you better rip some scrap flooring because you have some holes to fill. All moldings should be the same to look right.
That's the truth all right. What a pain this is turning out to be.

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