Floating floor installation questions,

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Old 02-26-17, 12:53 PM
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Floating floor installation questions,

I will be installing about 1200 sqft of a Hickory floating floor. I'll have 2 areas that will be meeting up with new tile around entryways. Questions is, I'd like to not use a transition piece between the tile and Hickory, should/can I put a couple nails in around the tile on the Hickory to secure it (so its not loose and possibly moving) or should I really just use a transition piece?

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Old 02-26-17, 01:19 PM
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Absolutely not! Floating floors need to expand and contract with changes in humidity and temperature. If you nail the edges you will have issues with buckling and/or tenting. Use a "T" molding to make the transition and understand that it is part of a floating floor and needs to be done.
 
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Old 02-26-17, 02:01 PM
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OK. So do nail down or glued floors not need to expand?
 
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Old 02-26-17, 02:10 PM
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Nail down floors still have expansion and contraction along the length axis. You also need to account for the room width and many times you start in the middle, add a spline then work in both directions to control expansion. We have best practices that we preach here based on industry standards. If you want to question those practices and go out on your own, you live with the consequences. The answer to your question with floating a floor is still no.
 
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Old 02-26-17, 02:33 PM
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I appreciate your insight - this is why I posted the questions I had. In no way was I questioning your reply or trying to justify putting nails in a floating floor, but instead trying to understand how flooring works.

Again, thanks for the replies and sorry if my questions ticked you off!
 
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Old 02-26-17, 03:26 PM
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Didn't tick me off in the least, just trying to stress why best practices are to be followed. We get lots of questions here on the forums of people that want to "reinvent the wheel" and it is important to gravitate back to industry standards. Transition pieces are used everyday in all types of flooring. You may object initially, but after a week installed, you won't even notice them. Trust me on this.
 
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Old 02-26-17, 03:28 PM
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I'm gonna add that I forgot to appropriately welcome you to the forums. Glad to have you here Jeff! May your questions be plentiful and the answers be helpful.
 
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