Solid Wood to Tile Transition Height


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Old 06-23-09, 07:31 AM
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Solid Wood to Tile Transition Height

I am preparing to put in a tile floor in the kitchen and a wood floor on the remaining area. The tile is 3/8" Porcelain and I plan to use a 1/2" concrete backer board. I will pull up the linoleum and underlayment. The sub floor is Chip 3/4" and is new construction (6 months old). The wood is strand carbonized Bamboo 5/8" thick. My question is this. The tile section will be 7/8" thick while the Bamboo will be 5/8" thick. I am going to have an arc so I would like to not use a transition piece and only a silicone joint. Any suggestions on how to get the levels correct? Should I put a 1/4" plywood over the subfloor on the wood section? I am a little skeptical but what about 1/4" concrete backer board on the tile? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 06-23-09, 10:23 AM
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Adding 1/4" under the bamboo would be the best method. The rule for tile installation is a minimum of 1 1/4" total subfloor thickness (3/4 osb + 1/2" backer = 1 1/4"), so only using 1/4" backerboard would leave you shy of that mark and may cause the floor to flex under the weight of the tile and mortar, leading to cracks, loose tile, etc.
 
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Old 07-06-09, 06:41 AM
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Thanks tn.floorguy for the advice. I was coming to that conclusion myself but just needed that prod to push me in the proper direction.
 
 

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