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Old 07-07-2012, 08:37 PM   #1
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First off, thanks for reading my post.

We have this 12x20 family room that has two exterior walls (one brick wall with fireplace and one with this huge old fashioned sliding patio door). It is on slab therefore the room is extremely cold in the winter. The fireplace is pretty much for look; we loose warm air just to go in and out the patio door getting woods so we quit using the fireplace. We want to raise the floor but we can't afford to do that right now. We finally decide to use Dricore tiles then add laminate floating floor on top of that. It seem like a good choice but here we face a dilemma which we need your advise: what should we do about the transition to patio door since the new floor is going to be two inches higher than the initial floor which exposes the interior of the new floor to the weather?

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Would have used a good quality underpad (about 1/8" thick) with built in vapour barrier and kept using the fireplace ... A bit of a draft while you bring wood indoors is a lot less heat loss than no fire at all.

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@Bonzai. Thanks for your comment. Using a good moisture barrier to protect the inside of the new floor. I still have a bit trouble visualizing it because here we're talking about the side of the floor where it meets the patio door. But what you said made sense. Thank You.
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One common solution for that---add a two foot wide ceramic tile entry pad in front of the door---then make a nice wood transition to the new,higher floor.
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@Bonzai. Thanks for your comment. Using a good moisture barrier to protect the inside of the new floor. I still have a bit trouble visualizing it because here we're talking about the side of the floor where it meets the patio door. But what you said made sense. Thank You.
I was meaning to use the conventional laminate underpad instead of the Dricore so that you don't have the same height issue ... Or have you already done it? IfI it's already done then what Mike suggests is really the only way. This is quite common in commercial spaces where the bottom of the entry door is at the same height as the slab so they may even just have an epoxy coating as you enter and then a wood or metal transition to go from the lower elevation to the height of the finished floor.
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@oh'mike: Thanks for the comment. I could visualize adding a two foot tile to the entry pad as you suggested. Your idea makes lots of sense. Thanks!!!

@bonzai: Thanks for your feedback. We've already purchased all materials for this job but we haven't started yet.

Thanks gentlemen for your wonderful ideas.

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