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Default Does the existing floor need to be leveled?

Author: Cheryl Maxey
Date: 2/6/2008 11:42 pm EDT
We are considering using Avaire in our bathroom. The floor seems to plane to the center somewhat. Can the Avaire tiles still be layed over that existing floor, and if not, what would need to be done to make that happen? And is there any allowence for the plane? Thank You
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Author: Jonathan
Date: 2/10/2008 9:31 am EDT
I'm not sure exactly what you mean by "plane to the center". If you mean there is a low area in the center of the room, it still may be fine to install Avaire directly. The technical "flatness" spec is 1/4" over 10 feet; however, the common sense approach is if a tile "rocks" then your floor is not flat enough. Or if there is a "depression" deep enough that there is a significant void under a tile, the floor is not flat enough. A self-leveling compound will solve most of those problems quickly and easily. If you send us a digital picture of the situation, we could try to help assess.

What is the existing floor?
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Author: Journeyman
Date: 2/10/2008 3:49 pm EDT
A room that rises or dives to the center IS NOT PLANE. Depending on the severity of the out-of-plane condition this may not interfere with the tile installation if the deformity is gradual. If surface conditions are such that tiles teetor drastically over an imperfection then cracking tiles could result.
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