T-molding installation can be a great way to give your laminate floors a professional finish and also a longer life. T-moldings also provide the gap that the flooring material might need for expansion. It is a professional way of installing laminate flooring next to other types of flooring like Hardwood floors, ceramic, vinyl or any other. Proper installation of T-moldings secures the ends of the flooring properly, giving it not only better look but also a longer life. The process of installing T-molding in laminate flooring is not very difficult and you can do it all by yourself. However, if you are planning to try out your hands on it the following tips can actually help you to finish your job perfectly within minimum time. So, read on,
- You need to keep the right gap: For installation of T-molding leaving the right gap between the two floors that you are trying to adjoin with the T-mold is essential. If you happen to leave minimum gap between the edges of the two flooring fitting a T-mold in that space might be difficult and can even damage the flooring material. Not leaving enough space also reduces the scope of easy expansion of the flooring which can seriously affect one of the biggest benefits of installing T-molding in laminate flooring. So, if you are planning to install the T- molds for the best looks and function maintain the right gap between the two flooring materials to be joined by the T-mold.
- Make use of your scale and pencil: For proper installation of the T-mold keeping the right measurement is vital. You need to buy the T-mold only after you have measured the gap you have left between the floorings and the breadth of T-mold that you are looking for also needs to be precisely measured. So, before you collect the T-molds measure everything with your scale and pencil and then only opt for buying what you will actually need. This will not only save you money but will also help you to complete your task more precisely and quickly.
- Ensure a proper fit for the track: The track of the transition strip plays a vital role in giving the best finish and effect. Place the strip in the gap first to ensure that you have the right fit. If it is too tight or too lose make adjustments according to requirements, but never push in the track forcefully into a smaller gap or let it move loosely within the groove. Before putting the track in also ensure that the track bed is clean and free from debris that can give it an uneven surface to stick to hampering its stability.
- Gluing VsAnchoring: The track can be either glued on the sub-floor or it can be anchored on the sub-floor according to requirements. If your sub-floor is in the best condition you can always opt for gluing the T-mold track, which can be effective to keep the T-mold in place even in case of heavy usage. On the other hand anchoring the track with screws with the sub-floor can be a more clean and quick process. For anchoring you will need a drill or a screw gun, and before you start make it a point to mark the holes on the sub-floor and also on the channel track at a regular gap.
- Installing the T-mold: If you use adhesives for placing the track, give it 24 hours before installing the transition molding. In case of anchoring the track you can install the T-molding immediately as soon as you are done with anchoring the track. Before you snap the T-molding on the transition channel, position it rightly so that it goes on smoothly into the track without causing any damage to the grooves on the T-molding.