Coordinated Laminate Flooring Moldings

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How to Install Laminate Floor Moldings*
Add the perfect finish to your Shaw Laminate flooring.

Coordinating moldings give your Shaw Laminate flooring a finish with flair. Available for most styles and colors, moldings come in 7' 10" lengths. Get a better understanding of the different types of moldings and discover what will work best for you. We have plenty of accessories to complete your unique look. 

Shaw offers a complete line of trims and transition pieces to finish your beautiful new laminate floor, including T-molding, Threshold/End-Mold/Carpet Reducer, Wallbase, Quarter Round, and Stairnosing.

The transition pieces (excluding quarter round and wall base) can easily be secured in place with our Molding Track, which can be screwed, nailed, or glued with silicon adhesive directly to the subfloor. The use of molding trackprovides a fast, secure transition installation and minimizes the use of screws.


 
Installation Tips

 
  • Molding must be pre-drilled to avoid splitting whenever they are to be secured with nails or fasteners.
  • The recommended tool to use when cutting molding and trim is a 10" or 12" motorized miter saw with pre-set adjustments for the basic miter cuts at 22.5°, 45° and 90°. A carbide tipped blade makes the best finished cuts. Be sure the saw blade is positioned to cut into the finished face.
  • If you're installing wall-base you can eliminate the need to putty as many holes on the molding by placing the bottom nail lower down where the quarter round will go.
  • When installing quarter round and wall base, never restrict the natural expansion/contraction movement by securing wall base or molding to the floor. Be careful to avoid driving your nail at a downward angle.
  • Always miter your cuts rather than having butt cuts when splicing or joining two pieces of trim together. You can best decide the direction of the miter cut by cutting the molding with the long point oriented in the same direction as  your natural line of vision when you enter the room.


Trim Options
 
  • Threshold - The End Molding/Carpet Transition works great when finishing the floor in areas that meet vertical objects and is also ideal for transitioning between your laminate flooring and carpet. To finish the flooring in areas that meet vertical objects like exterior doors, sliding glass doors, tubs or shower basins, raised hearths or low sills, leave a 1" space between the floor and the vertical object.  Carpet-Red-Thold.png
  • Installation: Install the Molding Track by gluing, screwing or nailing it 1/4" from the flooring. Push the molding into the track working from left to right. When transitioning from laminate flooring to carpet, leave a 1" space between the finished floor and the front edge of the carpet. Install the Molding Track by gluing or nailing it 1/4" from the edge of the flooring. Push the molding into the track working from left to right. Finish the carpet by tucking it between the molding and the tack strip. Note: In heavy traffic areas, use screw-type fasteners or nails to permanently secure the molding into the Molding Track.  
  • T-Molding - T-Molding is used when two level flooring surfaces meet, like in a doorway or a narrow archway. In a doorway, center the T-Molding under the space that the closed door occupies. Likewise, in an archway, the T-Molding should be centered.. T-Molding.png
  • Installation: To install the T-Molding, first install the molding track by gluing, screwing or nailing it 1/4" from the edge of each adjoining flooring surface (equals about 1 1/8"). Push the T-Molding into the track, working from left to right. When laminate flooring meets a flooring surface that is lower, use a Reducer Strip. Leave 1/2" space between the finished floor and the front edge of the reducer. Install the Molding Track by gluing, screwing or nailing it 1/4" from the edge of the flooring. Push the reducer into the track working from left to right.. 
  • Quarter Round - To finish the perimeter of the room where the expansion space was left for the seasonal expansion and contraction of the flooring, remove spacers and install Wallbase and/or Quarter Round. Quarter-Round.png
  • Installation: Both of these moldings are installed by nailing them directly into the wall. Never allow nails or screws in the Wallbase or Quarter Round to enter into the laminate flooring or the expansion zone around the flooring perimeter, as it will prevent proper expansion and contraction of the flooring. You must pre-drill nail holes in both types of wall moldings before nailing, to eliminate any splitting. Be sure to nail the Quarter Round into the wall or Wallbase and not into the flooring as it will prevent expansion and contraction of the flooring. Use Color Coordinated Putty to fill the countersunk nail heads. Silicone sealant should be used in expansion zones in bathrooms, near kitchen sinks, dishwashers and refrigerators with icemakers..  Be sure when nailing, that you do not go at a downward angle so as to avoid hitting the flooring and causing it to get into a bind.
  • Stairnose - The Stairnosing is used to finish stair treads and risers, which have been fully adhered to the floor using a Shaw approved multipurpose flooring adhesive. Stop the flooring about 1 1/2" from the step’s edge.  Flush-Stairnose.png
  • Installation: Install the Molding Track by gluing, screwing or nailing it 3/4" from the edge of the stair tread. Apply construction grade adhesive to the Stairnosing where the molding makes contact with the stair tread. Push the Stairnose into the track from left to right. You must use either screw-type fasteners or nails through the face of the Stairnose to permanently secure it to the track. Place screws/nails into the Stairnose 2" from the end and 6" to 8" apart. (Note: riser piece should be in place under Stairnosing before screws or nails are used).  


Be sure to work with your retailer to select the proper molding and trim pieces for your flooring installation.

*Images shown are representative of product and actual product may vary. Please contact Shaw's Information Center for exact specifications and product profiles specific to your hardwood flooring.