Hardwood Floor with Tile Inlay at Entryway

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Old 03-17-11, 10:46 AM
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Hardwood Floor with Tile Inlay at Entryway

Hey Guys,

I have a finsihed breezeway which is finished with maple. The space gets a lot of use, and the weather has taken it's toll on the wood at the entry door. I am in the process of having the floor refinished, but would like to add a small area (4x3ish) of tile directly at the door for boot and weather as people enter the room.

That said, what do I need to think about WRT the floor, subfloor etc for the job. I would obviously want the two floorings to be a the esame level...

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Thanks,

Bryan
 
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Old 03-17-11, 04:20 PM
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Are you planning on cutting out the hardwood in the area of the tile? Hopefully so. It will be a crap shoot, but I would use hardie backer on a bed of thinset, then thinset your tiles down. If your flooring is 3/4" thick it should be close. If you don't think it will be, you could always use Ditra as an underlayment. It has a lower profile.
 
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Old 03-17-11, 04:35 PM
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The existing floor immediately adjacent to the door will have to be removed, as it is damaged beyond repair. That said, I was hoping to have a single4" board border aounnd the tile, with 45 degree meters at the corners. The rest of the the floor would be laid as is.

I guess I'l just have the floor guy lay the floor leaving out my space for tile m(bare sub). I'll then attach hardi or cement backer to the sub where the gap is and tile in accordingly. Thickness will be the big issue, but with different size hardi etc, I should be able to get things as close to flush as needed....

anyone else know more than me here (HA, that should be everyone)?
 
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Old 03-17-11, 06:36 PM
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I was going to suggest the border, as that is how I would do it, but wasn't sure of your expertise level, nor what you wanted to do exactly. Your method is right on. Be sure to leave enough space for whole tile if possible so your cutting will be a minimum.
 
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Old 03-18-11, 03:00 PM
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Figure 1/4" hardiboard, 3/8" tile, 1/8" mortar. Use screws and liquid nails to set the hardiboard instead of setting it in mortar to save height. I like to turn the tile at a 45 for inserts. Leave about 1/16" between the tile and the wood and caulk the gap the same color as your grout. (Most grouts have matching caulks) I would error on the side of the tile being slightly higher than the wood rather than the opposite.
 
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