As every room has a door, undercutting architrave is a necessary procedure when installing a new wood floor. Why? Because it allows the wood floor to slip underneath the door frame, while leaving an expansion gap for the floor to breath.

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Of course you could install a wood or laminate flooring without undercutting the door frame or architrave and only by cutting the floor board to fit around it, but this would look like this:

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Here we can see that the installer tried to hide the expansion gap around the door frame by filling it with sealant and as it is obvious that doesn't look good at all.

Our aim through this DIY video tutorial, is to show you how to achieve a far better appearance of your wood floor by undercutting your architrave, that will look professional and worth your effort.

Tools you will need to undercut your architrave:

  • Jam Saw
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Multi-tool

If you are still wondering whether to undercut architrave or not, this video will definitely give you the answer.

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