In the world of wood floor installations, undercutting is a main factor to consider. Undercutting a door frame to allow a wood floor to slip underneath can absolutely make an installation. Not undercutting can see all that hard work of installing a beautiful wood floor go down the pan! The outstanding visual appearance of a wood floor is really the overwhelming reason why we have them. So cutting corners around door frames has always been my bug bare. Ok, so what do I mean…
Here is an example of a door frame that hasn’t been undercut. Instead of the relatively simple task of marking the height of the wood and underlay (if required) onto the frame and cutting to remove the excess wood, we can see that the installer has cut around the door frame and filled the gap with sealant in an attempt to hide the required expansion gap.
The obvious result being a hideous looking finish with the sealant becoming a magnet for dirt and grime and before long looking more like an eye sore. A clearly untidy and frankly irritating finish.
Now let’s look at the alternative and far better result of undercutting a door frame and architrave to suit the new wood floor.
We can see that the frame has been neatly cut at the height of the chosen wood laminate which has allowed the flooring to be sent under the frame giving the crisp appearance and at the same time allowing expansion clearance for the floor to breath.
If you’re paying an installer to fit your wood floor, do not settle for anything less than this type of finish. If you’re taking on the installation as a novice, do not settle for anything less than this type of finish!
To undercut a frame is a simple task that requires a simple tool as well as a careful and considered approach. I would always caution anyone that hasn’t done this before to be mindful of hidden wires and/or pipes that can be lurking behind any door frame!
If you have multiple door frames to cut, you could always go for the easier tool option of a multi-tool. These types of machines can also be used for tons of basic jobs around the house..
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