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mesquitemagnoli 12-19-2010 03:35 PM

Transition from Hardwood floor to tile
My kitchen has 2 layers of 1/2 inch hardibacker board, thinset, and ceramic tile. The floor has zero-give to it. It meet a "real" oak floor of the same height. the house is on a concrete slab. There is no transition strip between the two, but the grout breaks out easily. Is there a recommendation for a product either grout or special caulk for this? I promised to fix it and can't seem to do it.

Bud Cline 12-19-2010 03:37 PM

The wood to tile juncture is no place for grout.

That juncture should be caulked. There are flexible caulks available to match any grout color you may have. Or you could get a caulk to match the wood.

That's all there is to it.:)

oh'mike 12-19-2010 03:39 PM

Wood moves--tile does not--Remove the grout--add a silicone caulk---you need the flexibility--Mike--

Mark Harvey 12-21-2010 09:42 PM

Transition tile/wood
Both Mike and Bud are correct. I would go a step further and phone a tile supplier and a wood flooring supplier and get their input. There are new products out there all the time and a flexible wood filler or silicone base caulking should do the trick. Try to match a colour (Canadian spelling), either the wood, tile or surrounding grout.
Good luck.

CplDevilDog 12-22-2010 06:47 AM

Wood transition strip
Caulk is definitely a better option but has a tendency to collect dirt, if I am understanding your situation correctly. Have you checked with the wood flooring manufacturer for a T transition?

mesquitemagnoli 12-22-2010 07:25 AM

Tile /hardwood floor transition
We were told not to use a transition strip there. is that what you mean?
Also, it is between the kitchen and living room so a lot of traffic happens there. I haven't done anything yet, so all options are open. I know the grout has to go cause it is chipping out right now.

CplDevilDog 12-22-2010 11:51 AM

Any reason?
Hmmmm, any reason?

If I am understanding correctly, a T profile hardwood floor transition seems logical. You would have to cut your flooring back to create an expansion gap but otherwise I see no problem

racebum 12-22-2010 05:29 PM

i had this same issue and used grout {don't hit me :)} i knew out the gate it would crack over time but preferred this to caulk only because caulk gets so damn dirty and never quite seems to clean up right.

i did 3 different places this way. so far one has little cracks and 2 don't.

basically i weighed it like this, spend a few minutes once a year mixing grout to fill cracks or having a hard time cleaning caulk

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