This article is about how to lay laminate flooring around doors. Before installing laminate flooring, there are some steps which have to be taken as to do the job in a professional manner. Therefore, one of the most important steps is to cut off the door jambs, to facilitate the installation of the laminate flooring boards under the door way. This procedure is not complicated nor difficult, if you use the right tools and materials. In this step by step article we show all the necessary techniques and tools you need to know to lay the laminate flooring around the doors.
In order to lay laminate flooring around doors, you need the following:
- Laminate flooring boards
- Underlay for laminate flooring
- Wood glue
- Rubber hammer
- Vacuum cleaner
- Pull saw
- Install the laminate under the door jamb, not around it
- Clean the laminate flooring regularly with appropriate products
- 30 Minutes
Cutting door jambs
Step 1: In order to cut the door jambs, you need to use a pull saw or a regular back saw, as their teeth are sharp and the blade is very thin. Remember that you cannot use a regular saw, as it will damage irreversibly the door jamb and you won’t be able to obtain a neat look. Buying a pull saw is the best choice, as it is not expensive and it will make accurate cuts.
Step 2: Lay a piece of underlay and a board of laminate flooring board on the sub-floor and on top of them the pull saw. Next, cut the door jamb with great care, making sure the blade is perfectly level.
Step 3: Use a cutter or an utility knife with a sharp blade and cut the foam under the door jambs. In addition, you could use a large scrapper to level off the surface under the jambs, by removing the bumps.
Step 4: After you have cut of the door jambs, you have to vacuum thoroughly the area, making sure you remove the residues and the dust particles. This aspect is essential, otherwise the laminate flooring won’t be level.
How to lay laminate flooring around doors
Step 1: First of all, you have to measure the needed length of the laminate flooring boards you have to install around the doors. Make sure you take accurate measurements and leave 1/3” around the walls or in the transitions to other flooring.
Step 2: Next, you have to cut the groove of the laminate board you are going to lay under the door jambs, by using a sharp utility knife. This step is essential, as the door jambs stops you from connect the board with the rest of the flooring by lifting it at 45º.
Step 3: Apply a good laminate flooring glue in the cut groove of the laminate board and tap it gently with a mallet until there is no visible gap. Use a clean cloth to wipe off the excess glue and place a heavy item on the area, to lock them together (remove the item after an hour).
Step 4: Continue installing the rest of the laminate flooring by working with great care. Last but not least, vacuum the whole surface and clean the laminate flooring with a appropriate product.
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