How do I get laminate flooring to work when my steel door can barely “clear” vinyl flooring?





I’m looking at putting laminate flooring in the kitchen but our steel door leading out to our garage can barely “clear” the current vinyl flooring when it opens, so I know it wouldn’t be able to open with a taller laminate floor. I don’t want to spend a lot of money on a new door or make any major renovations. Any suggestions?

4 Responses to “How do I get laminate flooring to work when my steel door can barely “clear” vinyl flooring?”

  • David J:

    theres a few ways it can be done…try to cut or grind the bottom of the door..or make the door open in the opposite direction…you might even be able to raise the door up by adjusting the frame work…….i really need to see the door to make a construtive answer….good luck with it…dont give up..

  • Paul in San Diego:

    I don’t know how easy it is to cut a steel door (usually with a wood core). But, when I was remodeling a house, the guy who installed our steel-clad (wood core) double doors got the tolerances too tight and the bottom of the door kept sticking on the threshold. Even after he removed the weather strip from underneath the door.

    I insisted that he install the door with a weather strip attached. Our entryway is new hardwood, and I didn’t want rain to blow in and ruin the wood without a weather strip.

    So, the guy removed the door and trimmed off about 1/4 inch from the bottom of the door (I don’t know what he used to do this – I wasn’t there). He then installed a cap-type of weatherstrip assembly that went around the whole bottom of the door. Since it wrapped around and screwed into both sides of the door, it hides any flaws he might have made while cutting the door.

  • morris:

    You really do have to cut off the bottom of the door for clearance. Then the threshold needs to be raised for the door to seal. The prior answer has it right. It’s much easier than lowering the floor.

  • judson:

    Another option if you can’t cut the door off is to put the laminate only up to the outside of the door reach and leave the vinyl as a circular entry type look. It’s done with carpeting all the time by outside entry doors, usually so you can have a scatter rug on the vinyl. In your case, you don’t have room for a scatter rug.

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