Laminate Flooring - Coordinated Transitions and Mouldings
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COORDINATED TRANSITIONS AND MOLDING PIECES
Armstrong offers specially designed Quarter-Round Molding, T-Molding, Multi-Purpose Reducer, Flush Stair Nosing, Baby Threshold, Wall Base and Over-the-Top Step Nosing to complete the floor installation.

The Track System
The track system is an optional installation method to use with certain moldings (Fig. 25). See specific moldings for further detailed installation instructions.
  1. Screw or nail the track to the subfloor.
  2. Snap in molding.

Quarter-Round Moldings
Coordinate with floor and provide the perfect finishing touch.
  1. Nail the molding to the wall, not the floor (Fig. 26).
  2. Do not force the trim against the floor.
  3. The floating floor must move freely.

T-Moldings
Must be used in areas where the room is larger than 80' (24.38 mm) in plank length or wider than 52' (15.85 mm) in board width. May be used where the flooring continues through a doorway or passageway into another room.
If Installing Without The Track System:
  1. Screw or nail a temporary spacer block 1/2" (12.7 mm) wide and a minimum of 1/2" (12.7 mm) high to the subfloor.
  2. Install the laminate floor up to the spacer block using Armstrong spacers to obtain a 1/4" (6.35 mm) expansion zone.
  3. Leave the spacer block and spacers in place and complete the entire floor installation.
  4. Remove the spacer block and spacers.
  5. Install the T-molding.
If Installing Using The Track System:
  1. Install the track system FIRST.
  2. Install the laminate floor up to the track system using Armstrong spacers to obtain 1/4" (6.35 mm) expansion zone.
  3. Snap in T-molding.

Multi-Purpose Reducer
Provides a smooth transition from your Laminate floor to another type of flooring of a lower height. Also finishes the space where Laminate flooring ends against a vertical surface and where quarter-rounds cannot be used.
If Installing Without The Track System:
  1. Screw or nail a temporary spacer block 1 1/4" (3.18 cm) wide and a minimum of 1/2" (12.7 mm) high to the subfloor with one side located where the Multi-Purpose Reducer will eventually be located.
  2. Install the Laminate floor up to the other side of the spacer block using Armstrong Spacers to obtain a 1/4" (6.35 mm) expansion zone.
  3. Remove the spacer block and spacers.
  4. Install the Multi-Purpose Reducer.
If Installing Using The Track System:
  1. Install the Track System FIRST.
  2. Install the Track System so that the outside edge of the metal Track is 5/8" (15.88 mm) away from where the Multi-Purpose Reducer nose will eventually be located.
  3. Install the Laminate floor up to the Track System using Armstrong Spacers to obtain a 1/4" (6.35 mm) expansion zone (Fig. 27).
  4. Snap the Multi-Purpose Reducer into the Track System.

Baby Threshold (only available in some colors)
Use when laminate flooring ends against a vertical surface and where quarter round or wall base cannot be used- e.g. in front of a sliding glass door or under a toe kick. Additionally, the finished edge to this piece makes it an ideal fit against carpet (Fig. 28).


If Installing Without The Track System:
  1. Screw or nail a temporary spacer block that is 3/4" (19.05 mm) wide and a minimum of 1/2" (12.7 mm) high to the subfloor with one side located against the vertical surface or adjacent flooring.
  2. Install the laminate floor up to the spacer block using spacers to obtain 1/4" (6.35 mm) expansion zone.
  3. Remove the spacer block and spacers.
  4. Install the Baby Threshold.
If Installing Using The Track System:
  1. Install the Track System FIRST.
  2. Install the Track System so that the outside edge of the Track is 3/16" (4.76 mm) away from vertical surface or adjacent flooring.
  3. Install the laminate floor up to the Track System using Armstrong spacers to obtain 1/4" (6.35 mm) expansion zone.
  4. Snap Baby Threshold into the Track System.

Over-The-Top Step Nose
Use where laminate flooring meets a step down or landing. Install using the Track System. Do not use on individual stair treads. See Section J (Flush Stair Nose Installation for Stain Treads and Risers) for Flush Stair Nose Installations.
  1. Install the Track System FIRST.
  2. Install the Track System so that the outside edge of the Track is 5/8" (15.88 mm) away from the edge of the stepdown.
  3. Install the laminate floor up to the Track System using Armstrong spacers to obtain 1/4" (6.35 mm) expansion zone.
  4. Measure and cut step nose to length.
  5. Predrill holes in the step nose for finish nails.
  6. Adhere the step nose to the subfloor using a high quality, construction adhesive.
  7. Apply a 3/16" (4.76 mm) bead of adhesive in a serpentine pattern to the back of the step nose (Fig. 29). Carefully read cautions on container and follow the manufacturer’s recommended instructions on the adhesive label.

  8. Snap the step nose into the track and anchor the step nose with finish nails (Fig. 30).
  9. DO NOT USE THE STEP NOSE ON INDIVIDUAL STAIR TREADS.
  10. Always make sure to use mechanic (nail) and adhesive (glue) fasteners to secure step nose.