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How to Lay Laminate Flooring in Doorways


Laying laminate flooring in your home is a very easy process if you are laying it in a square room. However, if you have doorways to deal with, then the process could be a bit more complicated, but very manageable if you know what you are doing. There are two ways to lay laminate flooring down in a doorway. You can either use dividers or make it continuous.

Separate Floors with Dividers

Some people prefer to stop laying down the laminate flooring when they get to the door threshold. Then a new floor is laid down in the next room with a divider placed inside the gap in the middle, covering the two rough edges of the separate floors.

One Continuous Floor

If you want your laminate floor to flow from one room to another, then you can continue laying down the laminate planks as you normally would. The only difference is that you will have to measure and cut around the door entryway making sure the floor fits under the doorjamb to hide the rough edges.

Fitting the Floor under the Doorjamb

Whichever method you choose, your will have to neatly fit the flooring under the doorjamb by at least one eighth of an inch. When flooring runs up against the wall, any gap between the floor and the wall will be covered by a baseboard. Door jams will not have baseboards and will therefore require the floor to slip under it. To do this, you will need a special doorjamb saw. Take the saw and place a piece of scrap flooring against the doorjamb to cut the doorjamb high enough to fit the thickness of the floor planks. Slide the fitted plank under the doorjamb, secure it to the adjacent plank, and continue with your floor in the next room.



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