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Question DetailsAsked on 6/6/2011

closet door track, laminate floor

I recently got laminate floors installed. Now I want to install sliding closet doors. The laminate guys told me to install the lower track with some kind of double sided foam adhesive. This seems ridiculous.Their reasoning was that the floor is a floating floor, so I should not put screws in it which would anchor it to the sub floor and prevent it from moving. Anyway, I'm leaning towards putting the screws in anyway. Has anyone else had this issue?

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    First of I'm not a carpenter, floor installer or anything else along that line.

    However my take on this problem is this. It would depend how thick the laminate flooring is, you may be able to put in short screws and not go into the sub floor. I agree that the screws should not go into the sub floor. Another problem is that you may split the laminate flooring by putting in screws, even if the holes are pre drilled. Although pre drilling the holes would certainly lessen the chances of the flooring splitting. A lot depends on the type and quality of the laminate flooring. I agree with you about the two sided foam tape as it would come apart eventually.

    The sliding closet doors that I've used only have a center guide, which only require two screws, as opposed to a full length track. Having a floating floor really does limit your options.

    This is just my thoughts on the subject. Hopefully someone with more experience in this area will post. If you could find someone else who installs flooring & ask them that might help.

    It might help others if you could post how things went when you finish your project.

    Good luck........

    Answered 7 years ago by nakikita

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    You may have already resolved your concern.. but as a contractor, and flooring installer too.. I'd not screw it down. Actually it moves VERY LITTLE with moisture expansion being the biggest factor. But, double sided foam adhesive tape is quite strong for the little amount of retention force that you need. It will not leave holes, can be removed, will not cause your flooring problems, and it will do the job. I'd say it was not only good advise, but the best solution.

    If you decide to use it.. clean all pieces first. Attach it to the bottom of the slide.. and align it carefully. When it sticks, it sticks really well!! But push it down.. and give it a day.. it will actually form a stronger bond.

    HandyguyJ

    Answered 7 years ago by handyguyJ




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