LVP Installation - how do you handle your trim work?

Old 11-22-19, 03:40 PM
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LVP Installation - how do you handle your trim work?

So after 30 years and a bunch of kids, I'm pulling the trigger on a complete flooring replacement on our 1st floor. We have a mix of vinyl, hardwood and carpet, so replacing it with LVP introduces the issue of gaps around our trim work (think door frames, cased openings, etc.

The first company to bid the job offered an option of putting down 1/2" underlayment so that the new LVP would tuck in nice under the existing millwork. I guess that's one option. The second company really sold me on some higher end Cali Bamboo product which is thicker, but there will still be a gap, I'm sure.

I refuse to caulk something like this. I'm going to be spending a pantload of money, so when I'm done, I want it to look good. The second company pointed out that the floors are going to look so much better, we probably won't even notice - he has a point, my floors are pretty "well-used".

In the event that the gaps are larger acceptable, how have you fixed this? Of course, I could have all the trim work replaced - seems overkill. One idea I had was to sister in a small sliver of trim (what I have is easily matched) where needed - glue, putty, sand and paint. Another was to trim off more than a sliver and gps and paint.

Am I just overthinking this? If you've done an entire floor re-do, is the issue with the lower floor around the doors that big of an issue?

Appreciate any ideas and thoughts
Old 11-23-19, 04:28 AM
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I usually remove the trim as a first step, even before removing the old flooring. As I take it off I number each piece so it can be put back in the same location. Then install the new flooring and re-install the old trim where it's easy to put it at the correct height. No gaps, no caulking though you may need to fill the nail holes in the trim.

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