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Do I need spacers with laminate installation if I have space under trim?

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Dec 30, 2013, 02:53 PM
Dawn Lynn
Do I need spacers with laminate installation if I have space under trim?
We removed carpet and there is space for the laminate floor to fit under the trim on the floor. I really don't want to remove it and the wood fits under the space (I'm guessing). Do I still need spacers and if so where do I put them? I'm confused!

Thanks so much!
Dec 30, 2013, 06:37 PM
The spacers are just a convenience to use during installation. Any spacers used will have to be removed when the floor is finished anyway. So yes, go ahead and keep the base in place and install the floor. Just make sure that you are leaving a space between the edge of the floating floor and the wall.

For best results, end the floor flush with the face of the base trim. You will be adding a shoe mold piece anyway so this will cover an additional 3/8" of so of the floor.

Jan 01, 2014, 10:15 AM
I too like the look of base shoe, as in many moulding small profiles its name also describes its function. Dread seeing quarter round install in its place.

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Jan 02, 2014, 01:45 PM
The one challenge when installing flooring with the baseboard already in place is keeping the floor from sliding under the trim and eliminating your expansion space. You don't want the floor tight against the wall or it will buckle with the seasonal changes.

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