WPC Laminating Molding for Flooring

Time:2018-09-25

WPC Laminating Molding for Flooring : General Molding and Trim Information

WPC Laminating Molding for Flooring

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Understanding which molding or transition pieces are required to complete an SPC  flooring project can be confusing. We hope to clear this up on this page. Some molding is required to cover required gaps in an installation and some is just for cosmetic purposes. SPC Floors expand and contract with the environmental temperature. Proper installation requires placement of gaps in the floor at the edges and between rooms. Some of the modeling below elegantly covers these gaps.

 

 WPC Laminating T–MOLDING  for WOOD /  LAMINATE FLOOR TRANSITIONS

T-Molding(wood/laminate transitions)

The T-Molding top overlaps both hard surfaces, in this case, a wood floor and a laminate floor. The top of the mold will conceal the gap required to let a the two floors expand. It must be stress the two hard surfaces should be the same height. This T-molding uses an anchor channel to transfer traffic weight loads. This may offer some considerations between uneven floors, but care should be taken because if one side doesn’t have the appropriate support because that the ridge of the T-molding may start to crack once it’s being stepped on.

If flooring is being floated across a few rooms, it’s always recommended to use T-Moldings in doorways. In larger areas, an expansion joint is also recommended if floating hardwood flooring layout is going to exceed 30 feet in any particular room.

To install a T-Molding, a space needs to be left between the two hard surfaces. This transition design relies on a metal track that is nailed or screwed to the floor between the two hard surfaces. The T-molding is then snapped into place. This method is glueless and makes installing a floating floor quicker since there is no glue drying time.

 

 WPC LAMINATE T–MOLDING LAMINATE / LAMINATE TRANSITIONS

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The top part of the T-Molding overlaps both hard surfaces, in this case, a laminate floor and a laminate floor. The top of the mold will conceal the gap required to let a the two floors expand. It must be stressed the two hard surfaces should be the same height. This T-molding uses an anchor channel to transfer traffic weight loads and hold the trim in place.

 

 WPC LAMINATE FLUSH REDUCER MOLDING FOR LAMINATE FLOOR TRANSITIONS

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Floating floors that need a surface terminator that function as a fixed anchor too can used a Flush Reducer molding (if available). These are less common in the marketplace. Any expansion in the floor would be away from the molding since there is no “gap” in the molding transition. It has the benefit of a smooth floor transition, versus an overlap reducer which protrudes above the floating floor.

This molding will reduce the height of the floor from the height of the floating floor to the subfloor level. If you have just half covered room with a floating floor or the floor stops in a doorway for example you can use Flush Reducer molding to finish the job.

To install a Flush Reducer molding, an anchor track is required. This molding design relies on a metal track that is nailed or screwed to the floor between. The molding is then snapped into place. This method is glueless and makes installing a floating floor quicker since there is no glue drying time. The floating floor can then be click locked into the molding.

 

WPC LAMINATE OVERLAP REDUCER MOLDING FOR LAMINATE FLOOR TRANSITIONS

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Floating floors can utilize a surface terminator called a reducer. It will reduce the height of the floor from the height of the floating floor to the subfloor level.

To install a Overlap Reducer-Molding, a space needs to be left at the edge the floor hard surface. This molding design relies on a metal track that is nailed or screwed to the floor between the two hard surfaces. The molding is then snapped into place. This method is glueless and makes installing a floating floor quicker since there is no glue drying time.

 

WPC LAMINATE END CAP MOLDING FOR LAMINATE FLOOR TRANSITIONS

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Square Nose Reducers are very similar to Thresholds but have a more squared off edge. Typically used with floating floor, a Square Nose is perfect for butting hard surface floors up against vertical obstacles, where a Quarter Round or Wall Base would be difficult to use to cover an expansion gap like a brick wall, fireplace, sliding glass door, entryway doors. The Square Nose Reducer overlaps the hardwood or laminate floor, hiding the expansion gap with the overlapped portion of the molding.

Installation of a Square Nose Reducer would involve using construction adhesive to glue the transition piece to the subfloor and/or face nailing the piece to the subfloor using 8 penny finish nails.

 

WPC LAMINATE OVERLAP STAIR NOSE MOLDING FOR WOOD OR LAMINATE FLOORS

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Floating applications require a different kind of Stair Nose: one which can allow for the required expansion gap for floating hardwood or laminates.  As you can’t float floor boards on individual stairs, the boards need to be attached to the individual stair surface. Overlap Stair Nose pieces are typically only used at the top of the staircase, where it would be transitioning from a floating floor down to the first step.

Glue the Overlap Stair Nose to the subfloor using construction adhesive, making sure to leave enough room for the required expansion gap. In addition, using two 8 penny face nails, nail down the Overlap Stair Nose approximately 3 inches in from each end as well as in the center of the Overlap Stair Nose piece.

If the stairs are extra long, make sure to face nail two 8 penny finish nails at approximately every 20 inches. of the molding. It’s important, with Overlap Stair Nose pieces, that you remember to attach the molding to the subfloor and not to the floating floor you’re overlapping.

 

WPC LAMINATE STAIR CAP MOLDING FOR WOOD OR LAMINATE FLOORS

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A stair cap is a simplified approach to cover the stair nose and extend out over the floor on the tread space. The cap will also extend below the nose to cover any transition between the nose and the riser. The diagram shows a simple stair nose that does not protrude out over the riser. Check with the star nose manufacturer for dimensions to be sure it will work for your application.

 

WPC LAMINATE STAIR MEASUREMENTS

The image depicts ways to measure a stairway and the vocabulary used. There are two dimensions to pay attention to in measuring a stair.

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  • Riser: the upright member between two stair treads
  • Tread: the top surface of a step or stair.

WPC LAMINATE STAIR TREADS

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If you want a fast and easy option for tackling your stairs project, consider Stair Treads. A Stair Tread is a whole piece of finished stair which you simply glue and nail down and then you’re done. Stair Treads negate the need for Stair Nose pieces and individual floor boards, saving a lot of install time.

 

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