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Old 11-16-2017, 01:32 AM   #1
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Large floating laminate floor


Hello all,

My experience with flooring has been mostly about tiling. I have done a floating laminate floor in a 10x12ft room.

Now, Id like install floating laminate on the entire second floor (except the bathrooms). I think it looks nicer to have a continuous floor without using dividers at the doorways but I know my walls are not straight thus it could look off (i.e. not parallel or orthogonal to walls) in some rooms.

Any other tips or gotchas would be very appreciated. Id like to know what I am getting into. I have time, tools and patience but not much of experience.

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Old 11-16-2017, 03:48 AM   #2
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As long as you are OK with laminate. You need to remember you can't easily "back lay" laminate in closets, etc, so you need to figure how you will make the entire run without transitions. Manufacturers set a limit as to how far you can lay it without a transition, so check the recommendations on your flooring. Transitions in doorways make sense as they allow you to correct to a light degree any aberrations in the wall squareness from room to room, and allow for expansion and contraction from larger components like bedrooms and living rooms.
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I would not do it for a couple of reasons, It's louder when walked on, and the biggest one is the transition from the floor to the stairs.
There just is no great way to make that transition without forming a trip hazard.
I'd use engineered flooring instead with a landing tread at the head of the stairs.
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thanks for the tips. sounds like i need transitions between rooms and hallway.

how do you deal with the area in the closet?

regarding the stair hazard, is that because laminate is too thin and the edge bullnose will be thicker?

my hallway is very long 40-45ft. would putting the plank in some direction preferable to the other? i.e length wise or across.

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If you are doing transitions you can change direction if you want.
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That is correct, the stair nosing will sit higher then the floor.
Any I've seen made to nose the stairs have a couple of flaws.
If you look at the cross section there's nothing but a paper thin layer of what looks like peel and stick shelving paper on the outside, and ground up paper in the core.
There's also a 90% rabbet cut making it subject to cracking.
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thanks joe. i didnt think that was a problem as i saw a lot of house using the tread nosing on every step.

like this https://i.pinimg.com/originals/e2/54...6228f061f2.jpg

my concern with engineered wood is higher cost (given the size of the floor it is significant) and laminate is easier to care for. i know my kids with beat up the floor


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If you are doing transitions you can change direction if you want.


do you mean changing the orientation? is that just for cosmetic or are there any structural or installation reasons?

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do you mean changing the orientation? is that just for cosmetic or are there any structural or installation reasons?

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So you don't have to start on one side of the house and hope everything gets to the hallway and lines up. You can start at a hall wall and work one way across the house and with transition you can work from that hall the other way into the rooms on the other side of the house.

You should walk up and down stairs that have the nose on the front. I would go with real full size treads.
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thanks Neal. i was planing on doing full wood stair tread because i have few steps that are curved, thus stair nose wont work because they are straight. the only place i would use that stair nose is where the second floor connects with the staircase.

it seems best is to do my long hallway first, put t-transition under the doorway. then do the rooms.


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thanks Neal. i was planing on doing full wood stair tread because i have few steps that are curved, thus stair nose wont work because they are straight. the only place i would use that stair nose is where the second floor connects with the staircase.

it seems best is to do my long hallway first, put t-transition under the doorway. then do the rooms.


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I think the stair nose for Laminate is an accident built in. I walked down one set of stairs and found I could only step on the nose so I had the use of about 3 1/2" of tread to use, as my shoes were slippery leather I held the railing like an old lady.
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