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Old 01-15-2012, 11:51 PM   #1
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Floor laminate questions for landing






would you end a laminate floor with a stair nose piece on this landing?.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:54 PM   #2
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I wouldnt use bullnose, but I would but the flooring up against some fancy finishing trim.
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Old 01-16-2012, 12:05 AM   #3
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that wooden piece will be removed..its was for the previous carpet...I was thinking about putting a trim piece flush with where the laminate ends...
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:02 PM   #4
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I'd go right to the edge with the laminate then put a put a trim piece on as suggested. If you have a ragged edge because you had to rip the last row just put a 90 degree angled piece of trim over the horizonatal floor part and the vertical facing.

A bullnose would probably be too thick anyway. They are really meant for hardwood which is thicker than laminate. Also, assuming that railing is staying the edge will never see any wear and tear.
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:27 PM   #5
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omg dont use laminate.
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:31 PM   #6
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How permanent is that railing? If this were my house I'd put a new facing which raises up about an inch above the floor so it's about 1/2" above the finished laminate and start a row flush off there and then mount the railing on top. Even if you were running it in the other direction, a skilled person and a finishing blade could have it tight enough that just a thin bead of dap would be very subtle from a few feet away. That gives the best appearance IMO. I despise noses, quarter round or transitions in flooring unless absolutely necessary such as transition from one type of flooring to another. Trim when used in flooring is usually just an excuse to make the job easier/cheaper or to cover up mistakes or poor craftsmanship.
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Old 01-16-2012, 10:26 PM   #7
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omg dont use laminate.
Why not? You're probably thinking of the shitty paper-thin stuff they sell at IKEA, in which case I agree. However, there are many high-quality, beautiful laminate flooring products available out there that would fool a lot of hardwood snobs. For people with kids and/or animals, IMO laminate is the better choice due to its superior durability compared to real wood.

To the OP: Is something like this what you were thinking? That would look fine, but if the flooring manufacturer you go with doesn't offer a proprietary trim for the type of laminate you use, I would probably just butt the flooring into a piece of half-round fastened to the fascia to simulate that effect.
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Old 01-16-2012, 11:49 PM   #8
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The durability factor is huge and probably the biggest selling feature to families. I've installed laminates and vinyl flooring which cost far more than the cost of the real thing, it's not just the cheap man's option and hasn't been for years.
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Old 01-17-2012, 06:25 PM   #9
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didn't mean it as a cheap mans option, but because of the cost and the real thing looks better
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:04 AM   #10
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If you found a good colour match, you could just iron on a strip of veneer after trimming all of the butt ends flush. It would give the appearance of a 3/4" board flooring from the front and from the top it would be almost invisible.
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Old 01-19-2012, 12:34 PM   #11
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thanks guys...I went to Yorkdale flooring and we decided a bull nose is the best for the landing...the installers even mentioned it has a slight lip to it and makes a cleaner look...I bought a unstained one and going to colour match it to the flooring...its cost 5x more for a prestain one and even that doesnt match perfectly...I highly recommend Yorkdale flooring very friendly and knowledgable about their items...
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