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?
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
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
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.
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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