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Author: Doug
Date: 10/13/2008 7:26 pm EDT
I want to butt the Avaire tile up to my hardwood using only a flexible grout line for a transition. I am 1/8" lower on the tile side. The underlay from the laminate flooring I removed is exactly the thickness I need. Can you lay Avaire tile over wood laminate underlay?

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Author: Chris
Date: 10/14/2008 10:02 am EDT
As long as the floor is flat within tolerance( 1/4"-10' or 1/8"-6' ) you will be okay using a laminate underlayment.

When you butt the Avaire tile up to the wood floor you will want to use a small amount of silicone adhesive to hold the tiles firmly at the edge since you aren't using an overlapping moulding. Also use a color matched caulk instead of the Avaire flexible grout. It's a great grout,but doesn't quite have enough flexibility to accomodate the floating floor and the expansion and contraction of a wood floor.

Good luck.Send photos
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Author: Doug
Date: 10/14/2008 1:42 pm EDT
Thanks for the info.
So I should run a bead of Silicone adhesive close to the edge of the underside of the tile, and between the tile and the laminate underlay?
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Author: Chris
Date: 10/15/2008 9:53 am EDT
A small bead under the edge of the last row of tile that butts up to the other floor. Be sure to remove the portion of laminate underlayment where the silicone is being used.

You don't need very much silicone, just enough to control some of the movement at the egde when you're not using an overlapping moulding.

Let me know if you have any other questions.
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