The point at which laminate flooring ends and carpeting or other flooring begins requires a transition between the two flooring types. Laminate flooring manufacturers provide multiple transition strips in a single package sometimes called a four-in-one or three-in-one strip. Different types of transitions are made using different combinations of the included materials. Laminate flooring transitions protect the edge of the laminate floor, help prevent accidental falls and dress up the transition between two different flooring types.
Measure the length of the laminate floor for the length to cut the transition strip. An accurate measurement is important for a well-fit transition.
Assemble the four-in-one strip using the tee part of the strip that fits over the laminate floor and the carpet reducer strip. The carpet reducer strip is a piece with one flat, finished edge. Fit the groove on the carpet reducer onto the underside of the tee piece and snap it into place while keeping the ends aligned.
Measure and mark the assembled carpet reducer to the length measured for the strip. Align a handheld cutting tool fitted with a 3-inch multipurpose carbide wheel accessory with the cut mark, and cut through the reducer. Measure and cut the installation channel the same way.
Place the channel on the floor 1/4 inch away from the laminate floor and tape it in place. Drill pilot holes into the floor for the channel screws using the screw holes in the channel as a guide. Use a hammer drill and masonry to install pilot holes in a concrete slab.
Screw the channel to the floor using the supplied screws. Lay the assembled and cut reducer strip on top of the channel with the reducer's tongue resting in the channel. The tee portion of the reducer should rest on top of the laminate floor. Press down on the reducer at one end until it snaps into the channel. Move down the reducer a few inches, snapping it into place as you go, until the entire carpet reducer is installed.
Tips & Warnings
- Screw sizes vary. Use a bit smaller than the diameter of the mounting screw to drill the pilot holes.
- Wear eye protection and a dust mask when cutting the strip and the channel. Wear eye protection when drilling the holes and screwing down the carpet reducer.
Things You'll Need:
- Tape measure
- Handheld cutting tool fitted with a 3-inch multipurpose carbide wheel accessory
- Hammer drill with masonry/wood drilling bits
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