the smaller items that give a professional
finish to your laminate flooring
For laminate flooring to be installed
successfully, there are a few laminate flooring accessories
that will be required. There are also other accessories
that are not necessities, but turn a do-it-yourself
installation into a more professional finish.
All of the laminate flooring manufacturer's produce
their own laminate flooring accessories and it is best
to keep to one brand of laminate flooring and accessories,
rather than shopping around for the best prices, and
Using one brand of laminate flooring ensures that all
of the flooring and accessories matches in both colour
laminate flooring underlay
There are various types of laminate flooring
underlay available. The type to choose will depend
on the sub-floor that the laminate flooring is
being installed onto, and any enviromental considerations
such as noise transmission, etc.
Damp Proof Membrane - used
to provide a moisture barrier when installing
laminate flooring over concrete/mineral based,
or heated sub-floors.
Foam Underlay - supplied
as a roll, evens out minor irregularities in
the sub-floor, reduces impact sound. A damp
proof membrane is also requiredif the sub-floor
is concrete, etc.
Combi Foam Underlay - supplied
as a roll, includes foam underlay and a damp
proof membrane in one product.
Board Underlay - supplied
in board format, premium underlay system, higher
performance for walking comfort, drumsound reduction,
and thermal insulation. Evens out minor irregularities
in the sub-floor. A damp proof membrane is alos
required if the sub-floor is concrete, etc.
Sound + DPM Underlay - supplied
as a roll, combines a damp proof membrane with
enhanced sound proofing qualities. Ideal for
laminate flooring trims and skirtings
Numerious shapes and sizes to choose from depending
on the installation requirement.
Scotia Bead - used to cover
the expansion gap left around the edge of the
laminate flooring upto the existing skirting
End Moulding - used in situations
where beading is not suitable, against patio
T-Moulding - used between
two laminate flooring sections to create an
expansion joint in large floor area's. Also
used as a transition bar between laminate flooring
and another floorcovering of the same height.
Decorative Skirting - when
there is no existing skirting boards (or they
are being replaced), the perimeter gap aorund
the laminate flooring can be covered with decorative
skirting boards that match the laminate flooring.
Various sizes are available.
Skirting Installation Kit
- fix these special clips to the wall where
the decorative skirting is being installed,
and then simply push the skirting onto them.
Provides a secure way of fixing the skirting
without any visable signs of fixing.
laminate flooring transition bars
These accessories are used where the laminate
flooring meets another type of flooring or surface,
i.e. in a doorway or open plan room.
Carpet Transition - used
between laminate flooring and carpet. Various
colours available to match the laminate flooring.
Hard Surface Transition -
used between laminate flooring and ceramic tiles
or vinyl flooring. Various colours available
to match the laminate flooring.
T-Moulding - see above
under Trims And Skirtings.
laminate flooring pipe collars
When installing laminate flooring around pipes
it is important to leave an expansion gap.
Pipe Collars - covers the
expansion gap around pipes. Various colours
available to match the laminate flooring.
laminate flooring stair profiles
When installing laminate flooring in halls
and landings, it is sometimes required to laminate
the staircase as well.
Stair Nose Moulding - used
on the leading edge of the step to hide the
two edges of laminate flooring. Available in
a various colours.
laminate flooring sealants and repair kits
Sealants are used where an expansion
gap is required but it is not possible to fix
a moulding over it. Repairs kits are suitable
for small scratches etc. but for more serious
damage, the only solution may be to replace the
Sealant - this is normally
an acrylic based product which allows a certain
amount of movement. Various colours are available
to match the laminate flooring.
Repair Kit - select the type
nearest to your requirements, dark, light, etc..
They usually come with a few colours that enable
mixing together as desired to provide the best
shade suited the the area of the damaged board.
Most include a spatula, the repair paste, and
a couple of bottles of pigment.
laminate flooring floor protectors
It is preferable to use floor protectors
on all furniture, etc. to prevent scratching of
the laminate flooring.
Felt Pads - these are self-adhesive
and simple stick on the feet/base of all furniture.
Castor Cups - for furniture
with wheels, use rubber based castor cups and
simply place the wheel of the furniture in it.
Available in colours and styles to match your
Using the above items will ensure
your laminate flooring will not only look good
when it is installed, but also last for many years
When someone tries a do-it-yourself installation
and then wonders why it dosn't quite have that
professional looking finish, quite often it can
just be the finishing items that make the difference.
Take the time to select the correct accessories,
and your finished laminate flooring will look
twice as impressive !
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