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Tips on Installing Laminate Wood T-Molding

Updated on March 25, 2011
Example of T-Molding
Example of T-Molding | Source

T-Molding Options in a bedroom

You have a choice of adding T-molding to divide the bedroom and closet or not.  Adding the T-molding will make the work less complex.
You have a choice of adding T-molding to divide the bedroom and closet or not. Adding the T-molding will make the work less complex. | Source
Example of T-Molding with track
Example of T-Molding with track | Source
Problem: Track too low
Problem: Track too low | Source
Solution to low track problem
Solution to low track problem | Source

Tips on Installing Laminate Wood T-Molding

One of the finishing touches to installing laminate wood flooring is the molding and transitions. T-Molding is typically used as a transition between rooms. It can also be used to separate one part of the room to another. For example, if you have a very large room, the manufacture recommends you put a transition after 40 feet. If you have a living room and dining room next to each other, putting a transition between them will look good and break up the complexity of the labor.

T-Molding for laminate wood floors usually come with a plastic or metal track. The tracks are normally screwed to the wood but in surfaces like concrete, the track can be glued to subfloor.

The gap must be wide enough to install the narrow track and less than the width of the T-Molding. The floor transition will look very ugly if the gap can still be seen with the T-Molding installed. Draw lines to mark where the track will be and the width of the molding. If you do make the width too small it is easy to widen the gap with a variety of different tools. A good hammer and chisel is one way. A multi-tool with a cutter will make life easy in this situation.

When screwing the track to the floor, make sure that the ends of the track are screwed in. Otherwise, the T-molding could stay slightly up at the ends and that will not look aesthetically pleasing. Even though the plastic or metal tracks have predrilled holes, there may not be holes on one of the ends or both ends. The easiest fix is to just make new holes with a drill. This makes the tracks flat and stable from end to end.

Before screwing the track on the subfloor, place it between the floor gap that the T-Molding will cover. If the track is too deep, the T-Molding rail that goes into the track will not catch and you won’t be able to install the T-Molding. It will just float loosely.

There may be a variety of reasons why the track is too deep. The main reason is that the floor planks are thicker than the rail of the T-Molding. A combination of a thick underlayment and thick flooring will also raise the height of the floor and make the track installation too low for the molding to catch. Other reasons for the track being to low is that it may be incompatible with the brand of flooring. However, there may not be any other choices of T-molding when you shop.

To solve the problem of the track being too low is to add spacers between the floor and the track. The easiest material is the underlayment if it is a thick type, not a thin plastic or foam sheet. Underlayments can have thickness of close to a quarter inch. Thin strips of wood are alternatives.

If you are putting a track on concrete, you will have to plan more carefully. Concrete nails may be too big for securing the track and you could break the track with the hammer. Gluing the track may be a better option. But what if you need spacers? It won’t be a good idea to glue a spacer that is a cloth type laminate. Wood will be a better choice. Using waterproof construction glue will be strong enough to secure the spacer to the floor and the track on top.

Once you have installed the track, the T-molding can pushed into the groove of the track. You just start on one end and snap the rest of the T-molding into place.

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