How to Install Floating Laminate Wood Flooring {Part 3} The Finishing Touches — Simply Designing

How to Install Floating Laminate Wood Flooring {Part 3} The Finishing Touches - Simply Designing

How to Install Floating Laminate Wood Flooring. The Finishing Touches

After our floors were prepared and our tongue-and-groove (aka click-and-lock) floating laminate flooring was installed, we were ready to put the finishing touches on our flooring!

Re-Install Moldings

As I mentioned earlier, we decided not to remove our door frames or our main molding, but we did remove our quarter round.

My husband had the brilliant idea to number all of our quarter round so that we knew exactly where to re-install it at. Genius. This made re-installation an absolute breeze!

All we had to do was match the numbers back up and use our nail gun to reattach the molding.

We started by using our traditional nail gun that needs an air compressor to work. It works well, but it is an effort to set up, it takes time for the air compressor to be ready to run, and it is stinkin loud!

Plus, you have to drag a big long cord with you everywhere! Bleck. It works great, but is kind of a pain sometimes.

However, like many people with young children, we do a lot of our DIY work when our children are in bed.

Power tools + curious 3 year old boys = disaster!

So for the safety and sanity of our family, much of the work on our flooring has been done after the kids are in bed. So after 8pm at night. We live in a nice neighborhood, and we dont want to upset our neighborsand our air compressor is SO loud! We felt like we couldnt run it much after 9pm at night.

Which meant, if we were lucky, we had a little over an hour to do work on our flooring at night. This meant progress was very slow.

Enter..the-worlds-coolest-awesomest-neatest-handiest Power Tool from +RYOBI Power Tools !

The Ryobi AirStrike!

I was able to try the Ryobi AirStrike a few months ago at Haven and fell in love! I also knew this would help our slow-going project move a little faster! So I was really thrilled that Ryobi agreed to send me one to check out! Woot woot!

The Ryobi AirStrike was simple to use, easy to handle, and gives you the EXACT SAME RESULTS of a nail gun with a compressor, without the cords, noise or compressor!



So with no air compressor noise and the same power as a traditional nail gun, we were able to quickly and simply re-install ALL of our quarter round molding in a cinch!

And even though the AirStrike is battery powered, I was able to get all of my molding attached without needing to recharge it and all of the nails went in FLAWLESSLY! I didnt have any nail heads that needed to be tapped in or fixed. They seriously went in perfectly!

(insert chorus of angels singing here)

Plus the Ryobi AirStrike is cheaper then purchasing a nail gun + air compressor so it is really a no-brainer in my opinion if you need to purchase a nail gun (whichevery girl (and guy) needs. Just sayin

You can pick up an AirStike at any +The Home Depot store or by ordering it HERE from Amazon .

Dont forget to pick up a battery too (here ).

After you have re-installed all of your molding and/or quarter round, you will want to calk the edges and corners, fill in any nail holes, and re-paint it for a nice, professional finish.

Install Transitions

Along with all of our weird angles, corners and door jams, we also have 5 transitions in our space! Four between our newly installed laminate flooring and existing carpet. Four.

The 5th transition will eventually be between our wood flooring and tile in a half bathbut thats a project for another day. Anyway

There are several types of transition strips so be sure to chose the proper one for your space.

T-Molding transitions are for transitioning from your wood flooring to another same-height hard surface flooring (like tile).

End-Caps are good for when you are transitioning from your wood to carpet.

Reducer transitions are for step-down instances where you are transitioning from your wood to another surface that is at a different height.

In our home we mainly used end caps but we also used one reducer transition strip temporarily to go from our wood floor into our half bath. (We left linoleum in there for now, but will eventually replace that with tile.)

We took our laminate up to four different carpeted areas and each of those areas needed to have carpet trimmed, a new tack strip put in place, and the carpet stretched to fit over the tack strip well.

Tack strips need to be adhered directly to your sub-floor. You can use your Ryobi AirStrike to install the tack strip directly to a wood sub-floor. But if you have concrete sub-floors like we do, you will want to use a Powder Actuated Tool to secure the tack strip in place. Be warned, they are loud and smell like gun powder but they are about the only thing we found that will get a nail into concrete sub-floor. (you can purchase a powder actuated tool here )

Next you need to install your transition strip. Our t-molding transitions came with a plastic clip that the molding sits into that you need to first install. We installed ours using a multi-purpose adhesive that secured it tightly to our concrete sub-floors. If you have wood sub-floors you could quickly nail gun this down.

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