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Difficult Door Threshold/Laminate Flooring

Discussion in 'Floors, Stairs and Lofts' started by ScubaCollie, 19 Nov 2020.

  1. ScubaCollie

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    Can anybody please offer some advice on this issue?

    I will try and post a picture below.

    I'm having problems finishing Laminate flooring at an aluminium door threshold of a set of French Doors (double doors with a side panel of glass on each side) , think it's an old door, and the aluminium threshold protrudes into the room but only at the doors not the glass's side panels.

    How would you suggest finishing it to get the best look?

    Any advice appreciated as I'm totally lost at this point....

    P. S Those two panels have just bee a placed there next to each other to see how I can finish off.
     

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    Remove threshold and replace with pvc.
    Or leave threshold there and trim the planks.
    In any case the side windows will need pvc quadrants to hide the gap.
     
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    Hi Johnny,

    Many thanks for your advice, I was going to do that to the side glass panels, using UPVC window trim?

    But the threshold replacement with UPVC how do I know which type will fit? Also how will that then finish inside? And how easy is it to do it?
     
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    Just a flat trim wide enough to cover the gap.
     
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    Hi Johnny that's the sides yes? Could you please advise me on how to replace the aluminium threshold with a UPVC one as you suggested above? Does it just knock out from underneath as it looks like the door frame sits on top of it? And also has some black seal type around the jams is that on the frame of the threshold and will I have to replace this and if so how/where from ?

    How do I get one that's compatible and will fit?

    Sorry for all the questions but trying to get it done as soon as possible to finish off the flooring and I haven't got a clue how to do it...
     
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    If there are no visible screws, cut it in the middle and remove.
    It might be glued down.
    Then lie your floor, always leaving a gap.
    Then use a pvc flat trim.
    Just to get you the idea, I have this bit in the picture lying about, but they do wider ones, so buy the one you need.
    For the sides you better off with quadrant.
     

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    Don't try cutting the the alu trim it's a storm bar fitted to underside of frame so bad advise
     
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    Oops!
    This is correct, i hadn't seen the picture close up and assumed it was just a threshold.
    Don't cut it.
    Lay the laminate under it as it looks like there's a gap, just under, so there's still an expansion gap.
     
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    Thanks guys so what's my options as the laminate won't fit under the aluminium trim?

    Can I remove it and replace with something that finishes flat inline with the side upvc frames?

    Or if not then what else can I do to finish off the laminate?

    Really do appreciate your help guys.
     
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    I would get the laminate down and then find a trim to fit between the laminate and metal threshold.
     
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    sounds a good idea to get it down first then see what you can or cant get under the door, you might end up with a flat timber trim you profile under or up against the threshold depending what looks better once its done.
     
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    Gents - hoping you can help me - I have the same problem but on an internal set of French doors (leading into a conservatory). The fitter has currently laid the laminate onto the aluminium bar (what has been called a storm bar further up the thread) and the floor bounces and creaks when anyone walks on it. Would I be right in saying that the storm bar is to prevent water coming in and, if so, would it be ok to remove it in my circumstances?
     
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    Hi mate I feel your pain, I was driving myself crazy trying to think of a solution to the problem. In the end I spoke to a couple of laminate flooring installers and double glaze doors installers and they both said to cut it with the required expansion gap and fill it with sealant. I questioned the expansion gap should not have anything in it as it's for expansion and they all said providing you've left enough room around the rest of the room that one bit isn't going to cause any problems.

    I therefore did as they said and got some coloured sealant to match the flooring and threshold the best I could and im IMG_20210122_174030.jpg well happy with the finish. It actually looks better in real life than in the picture, it notices more in the photo lol than it does in reality.

    And there isn't any movement in my flooring therefore it doesn't break the sealant or move, however there was movement in the flooring I took up before I laid my new flooring, as the previous people installed 2 x 5mm underlay boards which created too much give under the flooring, are you sure your fitter hasn't done that?? My new flooring is also 12mm thick boards which may help....
     
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    Thanks for coming back so quickly. The laminate replaced carpet and so the fitter took up the underlay and used green insulation underlay boards. I think he used double thickness towards the doors to try and eliminate the bounce
     
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    Hi Mate in my experience of taking the old flooring up the double boards actually INCREASED the bounce as it's got double the 'give' (can't think of the correct word).

    I laid over 60 SQM of flooring in one room (and got another 60SQM + to lay in another room yet) and I don't have ANY bounce even in the areas that there was bounce with the old flooring it's now gone and is solid.

    When I took the old flooring up it was easily to see that it was the boards that was causing it, before I took them up I was wondering if there was a problem with the subfloor!
     
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