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Baseboards and Laminate Flooring

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11-25-08, 09:00 AM   #1  
Baseboards and Laminate Flooring

I have heard differing opinions about removing the baseboard before starting to install Laminate flooring. Wanted to find out if that's needed and if so, what are the advantages. It seems to me that it's better to leave the baseboard in place, leave some space from the baseboard to account for expansion and then cover it up with quarter rounds but not sure if there's a good reason from removing the baseboards as well. All response and help is appreciated.


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11-25-08, 12:04 PM   #2  

Go with your idea. Removing baseboards is not necessary. Just make sure the quarter round will cover the gap between the flooring and the baseboard.

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11-25-08, 01:17 PM   #3  
Another question

Thanks for your reply! I do have another separate question: I also see the following note at places:
* Do not continue the installation of laminate flooring through a doorway that is less than 48 inches in width, use a transition molding.
Does this mean that I need a T molding for narrow passageways, closets, etc.? Not sure why this is needed. I am thinking I could simply cut the flooring to the right size and click it in place for the transition.


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11-30-08, 05:13 PM   #4  
You can do it, but the chance of it rocking with you is greater if the length is too short. I have done it on small closets, especially the ones you just reach into and don't walk in. One more comment on the quarter round. Drive your nails into the baseboard and not into the flooring. As you know the floor must float, and intentionally leave at least 1/4" around the edges.

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