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Installing Lineoleum Floors Around Trims, Transitions & Special Areas

How to Install Around Transitions, Trims, Fireplaces & Stairs

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Linoleum flooring can be installed in a variety of special circumstance areas such as:

  • Around Fireplaces – Install the linoleum flush with fireplaces/brickwork and caulk all edges.
  • Pipes and Vents – Account for these objects in your pattern (for sheet linoleum) or make small patterns to help you cut around these areas when installing linoleum tiles.
  • On Stairs – Linoleum should not be installed on stairs for safety reasons.
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Install Transitions

NOTE: Install transitions and trim to hide any expansion spacing and put the finishing touches on your room.

  • For Carpet – Metal, vinyl and rubber transition pieces are available. These transition pieces are either nailed or glued to the subfloor.
  • For Other Flooring Surfaces– Transitions to bamboo, tile, hardwood or laminate should match or accent that flooring surface. Most times, these transition pieces are already in place. For more information on these transitions, see the full installation guide for that specific type of flooring on
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Install Trim

Install all wall base, shoe base and quarter round trim around the perimeter of the room. Linoleum trim should NOT be glued directly to the linoleum. Always glue linoleum trim to the wall and nail at an angle every 16". Caulk significant gaps between the trim and the wall.

Caulk The Floor

Use flexible, mildew resistant silicone caulk to seal around showers, bathtubs and other wet areas. If you did not remove your baseboard, caulk all perimeter edges to seal against moisture and prevent the linoleum from peeling up.

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