Avaire - Interlocking Floating Porcelain Floors

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How thick is Avaire?

An Avaire Tile has a total thickness of 9/16" or 14mm.

How much does Avaire weigh?

Avaire Tile weighs approximately 4.5 lbs per sq ft.

How many square feet are included in each Avaire package?

A carton of 18”x18” tile contains 4 pieces (9 sq ft). A carton of 12”x12” tile contains 8 pieces (8 sq ft). A carton of 6”x6” tile contains 12 pieces (3 sq ft).

Over what type of sub-floors can Avaire Tile be installed?

Avaire Tile can be installed on flat, solid surfaces. This includes vinyl, plywood, OSB, particle board, concrete and ceramic that meet the TCNA Handbook's requirements for sub-floors/substrates. Avoid non-solid, uneven surfaces such as carpet.

How thick are the grout joints?

The Avaire System utilizes a 1/4" grout line.

How thick must a sub-floor be in order to install the Avaire System?

5/8" installed over 16" on center.

How flat does a sub-floor need to be in order to install Avaire?

For tile with all edges shorter than 15”, maximum allowable variation is 1/4” in 10’ from the required plane, with no more than 1/16” variation in 12” when measured from the high points in the surface. For tiles with at least one edge 15” in length, maximum allowable variation is 1/8” in 10’ from the required plane, with no more than 1/16” variation in 24” when measured from the high points in the surface, as indicated by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) Handbook.

Over what types of sub-floors can Avaire Tile be installed?

Avaire can be installed on a flat, solid surface. This list includes vinyl, plywood, OSB, particle board, concrete, and tile. Avoid non-solid, uneven surfaces such as carpet.

What do I do if there is a dip in the middle of the sub-floor?

Use a straight edge to determine the depth of the low spot. If it's more than 1/4" in 10' and 1/16" in 12" then it will need to be filled. To fill a low spot, cement-based patching compounds works best. Avoid gypsum patching compounds in wet areas since they may support mold growth.

What do I do if there is a high spot in the middle of my floor?

If the high spot is over 1/4" in 10' and 1/8" in 6', it could be a problem. In many cases, the high spot will need to be removed.

How do I prep a high spot in my wood floor?

First, determine how much of the high spot needs to be removed. Once this is done, there are a few options. 1) Less severe high spots (1/8"-3/16") can be sanded with a belt sander or edger or by using a planer. Remember: never sand existing resilient floor covering as it may contain asbestos. 2) More severe high spots may require inspection from a carpenter to ensure the floor remains structurally sound.

Can Avaire be installed over a crack in the sub-floor?

Yes. Unlike a traditionally installed tile floor, Avaire can be installed over cracks and expansion joints in concrete as long as the crack does not cause a height difference in the floor.

My floor squeaks. Should I fix it before I install my Avaire floor?

If the floor squeaks now, it will squeak after Avaire is installed. Many squeaks can be repaired by simply placing a few nails or screws in the joists that are making the noise. If the squeaks persist it may be a sign of problems and a carpenter should be consulted.

My basement has a moisture problem. Can I install Avaire in this area?

While moisture should not affect the Avaire tile and grout, it is recommended that a moisture problem be addressed before any flooring is installed.

Can I install Avaire over a sub-floor that has experienced water damage?

It is important to repair or replace any water damaged boards and ensure the floor is dry, and structurally sound before installing Avaire.

Does Avaire require an acclimation period before installation?

Avaire is a very stable, and does not require acclimation if installed under normal climate conditions of 65-80 degrees F.If, however, the temperature variance is greater than 20 degrees F from storage to jobsite, a 24 hour acclimation period is recommended.

My previous floor left a sticky glue on the sub-floor. Can I install Avaire directly over this surface?

It is not recommended to install Avaire directly over glue for three reasons: 1) Without knowing the composition of the glue, there could be an interaction between the polymer tray and the glue. 2) It may be difficult to properly install the Avaire over a sticky substance since the installation method requires the tiles to interlock while flat. 3) Since the floor is designed to float, you might hear the tile "sticking" and "unsticking" to the glue below when you walk on it. Instead, you may consider installing a thin underlayment (1/8") over the floor, giving you a smooth sub-floor for installing your Avaire floor.

Is there an alternative to leveling the floor with a patching compound?

Using 1/8" hardboard is an alternative to leveling the floor with patching compound. It may be a little more expensive, but could be a better route if you don't have experience patching floors. Simply fasten it to the floor using screws, nails, or staples.

Do I need to remove my vinyl floor before I install Avaire?

No. Avaire can be installed directly over your existing vinyl floor.

I have baseboards and quarter round on my walls. Should I remove them before installing Avaire?

The quarter round or base shoe should be removed, and then reinstalled to cover the expansion gaps along the perimeter. It is not necessary to remove the baseboards.

After taking up the glued carpet in the kitchen, does the old adhesive residue need to be removed?

No. Avaire may be installed directly over the old adhesive residue as long as it is completely dried.

My kitchen has vinyl floor over 1/4" underlayment, and my dining room has carpet over a pad. How can I install Avaire in both rooms?

After removing the carpet, pad, and tack strip, you will need to either add underlayment to the dining room or remove the underlayment in the kitchen.

Do I need to remove my old flooring before I install Avaire?

Not all the existing floors need to be removed. Avaire can be installed over most clean, dry, and structurally sound floors such as vinyl, wood, concrete, or even ceramic tile. It should not be installed over carpet.

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