Using end molding is a great way to transition from laminate or hardwood to another type of flooring or door. End molding looks like an "L" shape and it fits over the edge of the laminate or wood to give it a finished look. This is a commonly used transition piece when coming up to carpet, an outside door, or even a fireplace. They keep the edge of the laminate or wood from being exposed and help hold the laminate in place. Installing end molding is a simple process that can be done without the assistance from a professional. Here are the basics of how to install end molding.
Step 1- Measure the Opening
Most of the time, the laminate or hardwood is going to meet in a small door. However, sometimes it will meet in a very big opening. You need to know exactly how wide the opening is so that you can make a detailed cut on the end molding. Take the tape measure and get the accurate measurement to the smallest interval that you can.
Step 2- Mark the Measurement
Once you have the appropriate measurement, you need to cut the mark the molding to the right dimension for your cut. Take your tape measure and measure the appropriate distance on it. Take your pencil and make a mark on both sides of the molding at the appropriate measurement.
Step 3- Make the Cut
Using a table saw is going to be the easiest method for cutting the transition, however you could use a different type of saw if you needed to. Line the mark that you made up as accurately as you can underneath the blade. Make a quick, precise cut all the way through the end mold. If you are dealing with a laminate transition, you will need to be careful with the top layer. Laminate transitions have a film on the top that provides the laminate with a color. Therefore, if you do not cut it cleanly, you can see the edge of the film pulling off of the molding.
Step 4- Install the Molding
Installing the molding will be different depending on which type of transition you have. Some end molds have a metal track that goes down into the floor and some do not. If you have a metal track, you can nail it down into a wood sub floor and then place the end mold into it. If you are on a concrete sub floor or do not have a track, you can adhere the transition with liquid nails to the floor. This will do a good job of holding the transition in place.
Step 5- Finishing Up
You may need to apply a bead of wood caulk around the edge of the end mold where it meets the wall. If you used the liquid nails method, you should leave something heavy on the end mold overnight. This will ensure that it dries with the end mold in the right position.