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Skirting board on laminate floor gap query.

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by Gossamer, 18 Oct 2020.

  1. Gossamer

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    Afternoon,
    I’ve fitted laminate floor and am fitting skirting.
    Do I leave a little gap between the skirting and floor? Say 1mm. Or fit so they touch the laminate.
    Cheers.
     
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    I always leave a 1mm gap to allow for a cutting in tool to slide under to allow gloss work to be done. This also aids expansion too
     
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    No need for it.
    Underlay takes care of expansion which vertically is virtually nothing.
    Professional decorators use masking tape from what i've seen.
     
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    Proof indeed that any question you ask on the Internet will often result in conflicting answers :)
     
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    Well, it's up to you to find what makes more sense.
    If the laminate has been fitted correctly, it would have an underlay which covers for any movement.
    Installing the skirting 1mm away from the floor would be a real mission, considering that I never, ever found a perfectly straight floor, so naturally there will be gaps under the skirting, sometimes even 5mm.
    Even with a pool table levelled floor, there would be no need to waste time on a 1mm gap.
     
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    I wasn't having a pop, your answer makes perfect sense, I prefer the 1mm spacer gap to allow for decorating skirting.
     
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    Thanks all.
    I'll lay the skirting dry, and if a nice flat fit, might slide under 1mm packers as I want to topcoat when its in place. See how it looks I suppose.
    Didn't know underlay also dealt with vert expansion.....you learn something everyday....
     
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    Stiff piece of cardboard slid under aids decoration, you own weight will drop it MM or two.I Prefer to decorate skirting before fixing .
     
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    I will soon be putting laminate down myself, for the first time. I assume you fill the gap with silicon or something?
    And how close to the wall should the laminate go? If skirting is 2cm, do you stop about 1cm from the wall?
     
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    Have a look at online videos for the basics, then if you need more help, come back here and start a thread.
    BTW, yes, you leave roughly a 10mm gap.
     
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    Make sure your floor is absolutely flat. Trying to lay laminate over a hump and you will fight it for ever. Also don't skimp on underlay. Personally I prefer a "hard" underlay - the green cardboard stuff or preferably https://www.flooringsupplies.co.uk/product/50/quickstep_thermolevel_underlay. (and Quickstep laminate - not the cheapest but excellent quality) I find some thicker foam underlays a little soft and with a thinner laminate you get too much "give".
     
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