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Old 05-21-2009, 09:55 AM   #1
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Floating floor to hearth transition


Hi Everyone,

I am thinking of installing floating engineered flooring in my basement, over DRIcore subfloor. Someone recommended that I leave gaps at the walls, which can be hidden with baseboard trim to allow the flooring to expand and contract with the temperature/humidty variances. The problem is that I also have a large fireplace with stone hearth in the same room. How can I transition from the engineered flooring to the stone hearth without there being an obvious gap? The hearth and the floor right now are the same level. Is the only way to solve this would be to raise the hearth over the floor?

I really appreciate your help.
Kate

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You answered your own question. If it is possible to raise it without major problems.You didn't say...is it gas or wood fireplace?
After the floor is layed then use a 3/4 round/finishing strip along the hearth.I did exactly the same thing and it looks great.

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Thanks a lot. And it is a wood burning fireplace.
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I encountered this when replacing carpet with laminate in a room with "flush" slate around the hearth. Most engineered flooring manufacturers and the retailers which sell these floors (incl HD and Lowe's) sell transition mouldings and kits to step up to or down onto adjacent surfaces or at doorways and thresholds. I have also built up flush thresholds by pouring a small concrete hearth and tiling it. There are many pitfalls to this because you can change the relationships between stoves and flue pipes or fireplace openings and firescreens-so plan ahead. Also be mindful of sensible local codes about the proximity of your beautiful and flammable new floor to combustion and heat sources!
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