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Hello,

We are installing tile in the entry way and engineered wood floor in the
adjacent room and hallways. We would prefer not to use transition and
butt the wood floor against the tile. Is this recommended? If so, can
I lay down the wood right up against the tile or should I leave a gap
and fill with grout or other material?

tia,
-larry
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Hello,

We are installing tile in the entry way and engineered wood floor in
the adjacent room and hallways. We would prefer not to use
transition and butt the wood floor against the tile. Is this
recommended? If so, can I lay down the wood right up against the
tile or should I leave a gap and fill with grout or other material?

tia,
-larry


Your wood floor will need to expand and contract. That is why
transition pieces are used.
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larry barrios, 7/3/2006, 2:04:39 PM,
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Hello,

We are installing tile in the entry way and engineered wood floor in
the adjacent room and hallways. We would prefer not to use
transition and butt the wood floor against the tile. Is this
recommended? If so, can I lay down the wood right up against the
tile or should I leave a gap and fill with grout or other material?

tia,
-larry


Your wood floor will need to expand and contract. That is why
transition pieces are used.

And for aesthetics, the transition molding makes a nice frame for the tile.

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larry barrios, 7/3/2006, 2:04:39 PM,
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Hello,

We are installing tile in the entry way and engineered wood floor in
the adjacent room and hallways. We would prefer not to use
transition and butt the wood floor against the tile. Is this
recommended? If so, can I lay down the wood right up against the
tile or should I leave a gap and fill with grout or other material?

tia,
-larry



Your wood floor will need to expand and contract. That is why
transition pieces are used.


And for aesthetics, the transition molding makes a nice frame for the
tile.


So is there no way around this? Is it not a good idea to leave an
expansion just on the other end? We were going to float the floor. If
we nailed down the floor, won't that keep the floor from expanding? We
live in California, a friend told me that he's never noticed his wood
floor expand/contract.
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larry barrios, 7/3/2006, 2:04:39 PM,
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Hello,

We are installing tile in the entry way and engineered wood floor in
the adjacent room and hallways. We would prefer not to use
transition and butt the wood floor against the tile. Is this
recommended? If so, can I lay down the wood right up against the
tile or should I leave a gap and fill with grout or other material?

tia,
-larry



Your wood floor will need to expand and contract. That is why
transition pieces are used.


And for aesthetics, the transition molding makes a nice frame for the
tile.


So is there no way around this? Is it not a good idea to leave an
expansion just on the other end? We were going to float the floor.
If we nailed down the floor, won't that keep the floor from
expanding? We live in California, a friend told me that he's never
noticed his wood floor expand/contract.

You can do whatever you want, it's your house.
Northern California or Southern California? The name of the state does
not matter, on the east coast, that would be from New York to South
Carolina.
Here in NY, I put down a floating floor in a sunroom. It looked great
after I put it down in the Fall. Next Summer, I noticed that there were
ripples in the flooring near the outside wall. It turns out that I had
cheated and didn't allow the full 1/4" spacing at the ouside walls that
they recommended. Fortunately, I was able to remove the moulding and cut
some of the planking on the outside wall.

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badgolferman wrote:

larry barrios, 7/3/2006, 2:04:39 PM,
wrote:


Hello,

We are installing tile in the entry way and engineered wood
floor in the adjacent room and hallways. We would prefer not
to use transition and butt the wood floor against the tile.
Is this recommended? If so, can I lay down the wood right up
against the tile or should I leave a gap and fill with grout or
other material?

tia,
-larry



Your wood floor will need to expand and contract. That is why
transition pieces are used.


And for aesthetics, the transition molding makes a nice frame for
the tile.


So is there no way around this? Is it not a good idea to leave an
expansion just on the other end? We were going to float the floor.
If we nailed down the floor, won't that keep the floor from
expanding? We live in California, a friend told me that he's never
noticed his wood floor expand/contract.


This best advise I can give you is to read the manufacturer's
instructions. They do know something about their product and how it
behaves.
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So is there no way around this? Is it not a good idea to leave an
expansion just on the other end? We were going to float the floor. If we
nailed down the floor, won't that keep the floor from
expanding? We live in California, a friend told me that he's never
noticed his wood floor expand/contract.


Consider: If the wood bit next to the immovable tile has to expand it has to
push the entire floor instead of the board in the middle having to push just
half the floor. Now your floor may be samll enough that inherent compression
of the wood could accomodate the "push," but why take a chance?

Don't nail wood designed to "float." Don't float wood that's designed to be
nailed. At least that's what I've been told.


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Consider: If the wood bit next to the immovable tile has to expand it has to
push the entire floor instead of the board in the middle having to push just
half the floor. Now your floor may be samll enough that inherent compression
of the wood could accomodate the "push," but why take a chance?

Don't nail wood designed to "float." Don't float wood that's designed to be
nailed. At least that's what I've been told.

Thanks for all the advice. I think leaving room for expansion is the
right way to go. The 2 surfaces might not end up even anyway so I'll
need a transition.
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I used the color of the grout and found a close match of Caulking to fill in
the gap.
Been 3 yrs and all is good.




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Hello,

We are installing tile in the entry way and engineered wood floor in the
adjacent room and hallways. We would prefer not to use transition and
butt the wood floor against the tile. Is this recommended? If so, can I
lay down the wood right up against the tile or should I leave a gap and
fill with grout or other material?

tia,
-larry



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I used the color of the grout and found a close match of Caulking to fill in
the gap.
Been 3 yrs and all is good.


A good tile shop should have caulk that matches the grout they sell.


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