Hardwood and Tile: Grout or Molding?


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Old 03-04-07, 02:06 PM
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Hardwood and Tile: Grout or Molding?

I am having 1/2" engineered hardwood flooring installed. The hardwood will be installed over concrete and replaces the original carpeting. The hardwood areas abut tiled areas (16" tiles). The installed tile is approx. 7/16" high (above concrete). I have interviewed one installer and he recommends gouting the junction between the hardwood and tile at the normal grout width. He will sand (bevel) the hardwood edge. I assumed a T-Molding would be used instead as I think this is a better practice. The installer thinks otherwise. Can anybody comment as to which installation method is better?
 
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There is no need to grout between the two surfaces. You need a transition piece (t-molding) or threshhold piece. You DO NOT want the laminate to butt up against any grout. Floor needs room for expansion and the grout will most likely crack at that point anyways.

Use no grout at the transition and use the molding between the two.
 
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Originally Posted by HotinOKC View Post
There is no need to grout between the two surfaces. You need a transition piece (t-molding) or threshhold piece. You DO NOT want the laminate to butt up against any grout. Floor needs room for expansion and the grout will most likely crack at that point anyways.

Use no grout at the transition and use the molding between the two.
Thanks for the reply. I agree with you. However my prospective installer insists otherwise. I am supplying the material so that is not the issue. And it seems that the use of T-moldings makes the installation easier.
 
 

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