Gap Around Vinyl Laminate Flooring

Old 03-25-15, 03:30 PM
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Gap Around Vinyl Laminate Flooring

Hello, first time I have ever attempted to do any flooring. I measured my room and it seems to be pretty much perfectly square. I am using Allure Traffic Master Flooring. I have read that a small gap needs to be left around the edge of the flooring to have room for expansion and contraction. Here's my easy question for you. If my flooring is the perfect size to my room, how do I leave a gap around the edge of the flooring? I have 1/4 round trim that I plan on using around the perimeter. Thanks in advance! Jack
Old 03-26-15, 06:25 AM
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It would be a happy accident if your flooring was exactly the size of the room and every plank lined up perfectly with closet opening and door openings. You also need to tuck the floor under door casings and undercut door jambs to make it look like a quality install. Just going up to the base will not allow tucking. I am one of those sticklers who always removes the baseboard trim before doing any flooring. I am not a fan of 1/4 round, it is clunky and I think it look amateurish. I prefer to install shoe moulding that I stain to match whatever floor I install. It is sleeker in profile and doesn't pull your eye and focus toward the trim and lets the floor be the hero.

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