Which first? (Laminate or ceramic tile entry)

Old 08-11-06, 08:57 PM
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Which first? (Laminate or ceramic tile entry)

I've got my living/dining room floor down to the concrete slab and plan on doing the majority in a floating laminate wood but I want to cover a small section of the floor right next to the front door (4 x 8) , with ceramic tile.

Which should I do first? Or does it not matter?

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First you need to find and grind all high spots then fill/screed any low spots. Don't cut this corner!! That substrate has to be flat. Look at the sticky thread above about concrete prep. There are pictures to look at.

Then install the tiles, then the laminate after about a week of acclimation after the tiles are laid and grouted. Why a week? Because you just added a lot of moisture into the interior of your house that the laminate and other wood framing have absorbed. You need to run the HVAC system for at least a week to pull that extra humidity out of the room, or you'll be sorry later.

Allow for a transition molding between the tile and laminate
Old 08-14-06, 11:00 AM
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doing tile first, then laminate will be easier too, because you can use nice full tiles and then more easily trim the laminate to fit around the tiled area.

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