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Mar 02, 2014, 03:05 PM
Laminate Floors
I am getting ready to put down new laminate flooring on the entire first floor of a new house (about a year old). My question is this: When I am removing the old carpet and vinyl, should I remove all the base molding before installing the new floor? I have looked around and noticed some did and some didn't. I know if I didn't I could put down shoe molding to cover up the gap. I am just not sure if that would look right. I am sure if I removed all the base molding, the finish product would look better but then reinstalling all the base molding and caulking again would be a pain.
Mar 03, 2014, 04:06 AM
From experience..
Leave the baseboard. I would lightly sand it for a cleaner finished look.

Also, you will need to cut all the jambs, harbor freight has a great tool for this and you can't beat the cost.

...Be sure to watch the video of it...


This message has been edited. Last edited by: ron45,
Mar 03, 2014, 12:27 PM
I recently did a floating hardwood floor, and removed the outdated baseboard before the install. Then added better baseboard afterward. I prefer the look of not having quarter round. I think it's worth the extra effort. So it's up to you how much effort you want to put into it

They make it look so easy on tv, don't they
Mar 03, 2014, 05:28 PM
Yeah I am beginning to think about just taking it off, that way I don't have to use the quarter round. Plus it would give it a better look. I appreciate your opinion!
Mar 05, 2014, 06:53 AM
Make a whole lot of extra work for yourself in my option.
Only time I would is if it's being replaced.
Why are you removing the vinyl and not just going over it?
Laminate is one flooring that will never give you a pay back.
Using engineered flooring will add to the homes value.
Ever see an ad in the paper under homes for sale stating "laminate floors through out"? But I bet you have seen some saying "hardwood floors through out"
Laminate get wet and it's trashed.
Even just have a dogs water bowl sitting on it can take it out.
Keep it out of the kitchen, bathroom, laundry rooms.