Laying laminate around round carpeted stair riser (pictures included)


Old 12-26-12, 09:32 PM
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I am laying laminate area in our new house over approximately 1000 square feet in all. I am about 3/4 of the way done and I hit a problem that I can't figure out what to do with.

Here are some pics of the problem area, any suggestions on what to do? Is my best bet to get the flooring as snug as possible and hope the carpet covers where it meets the flooring? If I do this it might mean that the expansion gap is sacrificed.

Here are the pictures of the problem area:

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Thank you in advance for any help!

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Old 12-27-12, 04:50 AM
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One of the flooring pros should be along. If it was me, I think I would see if I could peel the carpeting away from the bottom edge of the curved section to try to make some space and to cover the laminate edges. Depends on how the carpet is attached at that point.
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They make flexible molding to go around curved walls and arched windows. Contact a building supply store and see if they can order you one. Anyplace that sells windows, doors, and lumber should be able to help you out. Ask for flexible shoe molding.
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Czizzi's idea is better than the one I was suggesting as it is easier to install. I would build a curved "threshold" piece of several pieces of wood laminated together so it would lay over the laminate, giving it expansion room as well as good curvature. Try the flexible molding avenue.
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Thanks for the idea, I think that having some quarter round that is flexible enough to wrap the riser and then continue all the way to the wall along the bottom step is my best bet. I was worried that the 'laminate matching' stuff would look weird as it would end up running along a seam where tile and carpet are meeting. I will see if that works and post pics of the results!

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