I've used cork in the past, but if the floors big enough you could just
leave it. However, I recently laid a floor in my kitchen, and I used brown
frame sealant all the way round. It will flex to take movement, but if
there's a big water spill, say the dishwasher leaks, it should help to
prevent water getting under and into the floor.
Beading is the next stage on, I can't imagine anyone laying a laminate floor
not using beading to finish the job.
I'm sure the OP was going to do exactly what you suggest, once they'd filled
that gap. As for remounting skirting boards, it's a right royal PITA and
I'd only do it if they needed replacing anyway. Beading is far
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