pergo question #2
Pergo says I need transition strips at the ends of a hallway where there is 36" width by 9' of run or length. This hallway is between a frt. foyer and another small area in front of two access doors( garage and powder room). Are the transition strips completely necessary or not? I think they would look unsightly. Note I am going to run my boards length wise along the hall and in front of the doors same way. Thanks for any comments! Ed
Transition strips can serve 2 purposes. They taper down to reduce a difference in floor elevation from different floor covering thickness, and they can help hold the floor covering in place in these high traffic areas. If the manufacturer is recommending an installation procedure and you do not follow it, they can void your warrantee.
You seriously want to follow Pergo's instructions. They will definately void the warantee. Trust me, I had to tell a guy two weeks ago that he was out of luck when he came to complain about his floor. You see, laminate flooring has to be able to expand and contract if it has too. Remember when you read or was told to keep a 1/4 inch gap around the perimeter of the room? That is for expansion. And if the area is to large you will need additional transition pieces because you need that additional 1/4 gap......By the way, the guy that came into my store, his boards are starting to bow up on him........