Potential for water
Date: 4/15/2008 10:15 am EDT
We are replacing 1200 square feet of flooring that is currently half ceramic tile and half wood laminate. We want the same surface throughout and were thinking slate until we saw Avaire tile. I am not sure that it would be suitable for our application and am hoping you can help. There is the potential for water getting under the floor from a storage area that houses the well and air conditioner. Recently, the air conditioner caused water to flow under the wood laminate floor (causing the need for the replacement floor). Would Avaire tile be able to withstand this like a traditional tile floor? And would Avaire tile be suitable for that large of an area that contains a kitchen, laundry room and is high traffic?
Thanks for your time and information,
Date: 4/15/2008 1:49 pm EDT
I'd love to tell you to use Avaire tile, but you really need to solve the moisture problem first (not only for Avaire tile, but any other flooring product you may choose).
The Avaire tile is not damaged by incidental moisture, but the underlying subfloor could defintely be damaged with continuous moisture. I'd also be concerned about mold and/or mildew developing under the Avaire tile.
Aside from the moisture concern, Avaire tile is definitely OK for large, high-traffic residential areas as you've described. Just make sure your subfloor is flat and stable.
Date: 4/22/2008 6:26 pm EDT
Could you install avaire tile over a dricore floating floor? The dricore would take care of the moisture problem. Is it a problem to have a floating floor on top of a floating subfloor?
Date: 4/23/2008 7:41 pm EDT
I wouldn't think stacking floating floors would be a very good idea. Even though the grout used with the Avaire tile is (I'm sure) designed to handle some movement, I would be afraid a double floor would have a tendency to tax the limits of the grout over time.
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