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Old 03-28-2013, 11:05 PM   #1
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Wood Laminate Hallway Transition at Junction


For a hallway with a T Junction, how is the wood laminate matched at the junction? I attached a photo from another post that shows how it should look, but not sure if there is a special cut needed. I could use a table saw and just cut straight across, but not sure if that is the right way of doing it.
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Well, the best way would obviously be to,have the wood all running in the same direction therefore make it look like it was installed all at the same time and not a renovation. However, you would not have asked the question if you didn't have the problem. That being said, it looks great! Just make sure where all they meet in the 2 directions, there is a very definitive tight seam, not where 1 piece is short, 1 piece is long- you know what I mean
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That picture you post is of a real wood floor.
Trying to do the same thing with laminite is not going to work, it needs a transition strip at each door opening or change in direction.

Sure you do not want to go with Engineered or real prefinish wood?
Going to be a nighmare with laminite.
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Engineered Wood is ok. I didn't know that Laminate isn't good.

I could just lay all the wood in the same direction, but wasn't sure if it would like nice. It requires a lot more cuts though.

I attached a photo of a transition strip near a door (I think it is engineered wood), but don't know if it will look like that at a T junction.
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That still looks like a real wood floor not an engineered floor.
Nothing will lower the value of a home faster then a laminite floor in my opion.
Look at the home ads in the paper, ever see an ad braging about laminite flooring through out? But I bet you have seen some saying hardwood floors.
Real wood or engineered can be run in any direction, through a doorway into the next room with no transition strip.
Laminite can not.

Laminite get wet and it's trash.
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Imo..... you will have to match the hight of hard wood wich will be hard to do. It won't look the same color and laminate is wider then hard wood.
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As far as transitions or direction change under doors is installers preference.
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Thanks for the help.

I will buy the engineered wood. Can I just cut this with a table saw straight across so it matches at the hallway junction? It doesn't sound like a special cut is needed.

There will not be any wood in the rooms connecting to the hallway.
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You should try and avoid using a T molding to change directions. The best way to do this is with a tongue and groove nail down installation. If you want to do floating I would suggest not changing directions in the hall way as then you will definitely need a transition piece.

This article might be helpful for knowing which transition to use:
http://uniquewoodfloor.blogspot.com/...cessories.html
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