Flat beading to cover expansion gap

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  1. Burnsie1983

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    Hi

    I tried to post yesterday evening but it didn't seem to work.

    The new property I have bought have a large uneven expansion gap around the laminate. Sometimes this is nearly as much as 20 mm.

    The most cost-effective solution appears to be having flat beading.

    However, where most people state that beading should be secured to the skirting board and not the floor, people have suggested that flat beading should be secured to the floor and not the skirting. Surely this the gates the point of a expansion gap?

    Any views or comments welcomed
     
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    Oops, I've seen my original now.

    Please delete mods :D
     
  4. Harry Bloomfield

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    Correctly fitted laminate should end by passing under the skirting, so there is no visible gap, but space for expansion. 20mm is far too much, might it have moved? The usual botch where an installer doesn't want to remove and refit skirtings, is to tack an MDF concave quadrant to the skirting, to hide the gap. Any moisture/ floor washing will quickly ruin that. A much better and much cheaper solution is UPVC convex quadrant strip around 13mm or 17mm which is proof against moisture, but that will still not cover your extremely wide gap of 20mm..
     
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    Quick question, why would moisture ruin it if treated effectively? Surely the same should be there for said about skirting boards?

    Fyi, this is a good bit
     

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    Why, because MDF is super absorbent and will so easily distort out of shape and peel. Eurocell.com sell UPVC quadrant which lasts forever and is a fraction of the cost of the MDF.

    Measure the worst gap and see if quadrant will cover it. Could you maybe cut a thin strip of laminate and click it into the gap?
     
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    But won't the pvc look rubbish next to the white skirting?
     
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    White UPVC quadrant, on white skirting? Just buy stainless steel panel pins to fix it to the skirting. I replaced the MDF in both our bathroom and downstairs toilet with the UPVC and used it as a seal around the bath. Looks much tidier than the alternative.

    It's here - https://www.eurocell.co.uk/trims-and-cills/trims-quadrants-and-angles/17-5mm-quadrant-in-white-x-5m

    £2.96 for 5m - cheap as chips.
     
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