I will be installing Mohawk Seneca laminate flooring in my house. I am on a
concrete slab and a couple of places the floor will meet up against existing
ceramic tile--the kitchen entrance and the foyer.
I have not purchased any transitions yet, but I am wondering how much gap to
leave between the two types of flooring. The instructions for the laminate
says to leave 1/4 inch for the underlayment and 1/2 inch distance from the
walls. There is no mention of transitions. My wife is talking about marble
transitions. Is this something recommended?
Pergo, Armstrong, and others make transition strips that allow for
necessary space between the 2 materials and wrap over the both. Sort of
a thin t-strip. The transition strips I've seen come with instructions.
I just put in Formica laminate with a transition "T" strip. Next time, I'd
use the other strip---kinda an end cap of sorts---and put in a very nice
wood (or marble theshold). The thin strip stips up over the foor, looks
obvious and screams "laminate" (instead of fooling eye for a little longer).
You need to settle on what you are going to use for the transition and how
it is going to be installed before you start laying floor. Some of the
premade transitions have a nailing flange that go under the laminate.
Others are simply a piece of U shaped metal that attaches at the bottom of
To answer your question, but not necessarily correct for your product, my
manufacturers said to leave the same gap at the transition base as at the
walls. I also choose to use a commercial style soft vinyl strip where the
flooring met the tile. I choose this because of the uneven surface and the
contrived look of the wooden ones. Super easy to install and cheap.
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