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Old 05-09-2005, 01:23 PM   #1
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Hello:

Have a question about laying wood floor within a grainte tile perimeter. Granite tiles are being set over concrete subfloor. Hardwood is a floating floor, over concrete, that will be glued together. I know there needs to be some space to allow expansion and contraction of the wood floor but how much space? Don't want there to be large gaps between the wood and granite. Can I use a silicone caulk to fill the space? What would happen if I did not allow space for expansion and contraction? Climate condidtions-work in being done in S. California very close to the ocean in a high rise condo. Any suggestions?

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If the two floors are close in height you can use a standard 'T' type transition. If they are not close, you may want to look into having transitions made. I often make my own.
If a floating floor can not expand and contract, it will generally bubble ( a large hump in the floor).

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Sometimes a baby threshold can be used as well depending on the thickness of the wood and Granite. Also called an end cap.
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Thanks for the helpful responses.
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Just Remember The Type Of Hardwood Floors You Have Need To Expand And Contract As A Unit. Make Sure You Don't Mess That Up.
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Does anyone think this can be helpful to prevent condensation from ruining a hardwood flooring? Moreover, can this look good?

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I think you should make up your mind....one or the other! These kind of projects rarely work right.

BTW, I think the above replies didn't understand what Coleen wanted to do. Otherwise they wouldn't have suggested T-molding or baby-thresholds.

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I think you should make up your mind....one or the other! These kind of projects rarely work right.

BTW, I think the above replies didn't understand what Coleen wanted to do. Otherwise they wouldn't have suggested T-molding or baby-thresholds.

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Okay, but I am being told that this is the "solution" to a condensation problem with this condo unit which has floor to ceiling windows as exterior walls. Does this ever work? What do you mean these projects rarely work right?
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Maybe you should start from the beginning, I have no idea what you're talking about with windows and condensation.

Please explain your situation in detail.

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Maybe you should start from the beginning, I have no idea what you're talking about with windows and condensation.

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Okay, sorry. I have noticed condensation (I believe) that has ended up on the floor (concrete). No surface has been placed on the floor. The developer wants to place tile at the perimeter of hardwood flooring I would like to place. Any ideas?
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Okay, sorry. I have noticed condensation (I believe) that has ended up on the floor (concrete). No surface has been placed on the floor. The developer wants to place tile at the perimeter of hardwood flooring I would like to place. Any ideas?
I am having a condo built with floor to ceiling glass windows as exterior walls.
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I can tell you a "floating floor" IS NOT the answer to condensation issues.

What exactly are the issues?
Where is the condensation coming from?
What is the heat source?
If this is a new condo how do you know you have condensation issues?

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