Adding on to an existing stone tile hearth pad

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Old 08-23-16, 08:01 PM
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Adding on to an existing stone tile hearth pad

We planning on replacing the carpet in our main living area with engineered wood floors. Before we install, however, we would like to enlarge the natural stone pad that our wood-burning stove sits on.

We have a few extra 12X12 squares of the hearth stone material. We would like to trim these down to 6x12 pieces and install as a border around the existing pad.

A contractor friend told us that if we install them adjacent to the existing tiles, they will likely crack at the connecting grout line.

Does anyone have an suggestions on how to do this installation? Is there some kind of transition strip (metal or such) that we can put between the old and new tiles?

We are new to laying tile, but willing to learn....

Thanks in advance for your advice,

Doris in California
 
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Old 08-24-16, 03:41 AM
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Welcome to the forums. Having a decoupled joint will tend to cause the grout line to crack, and there may not be anything you can do about it. Can you post a picture of the existing hearth and a picture of what you want to install? It helps to give us visuals. One thing that I would do is ensure the new tile/stone sits the height of your new flooring high. It will help you install your flooring and not have to trim excessively or scribe it in the case of natural stone. We'll wait on the pictures. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...your-post.html
 
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Thanks, chandler, for the feedback. Attached are three photos of the hearth...thanks in advance for any help!

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Old 09-21-16, 03:23 AM
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OK, first get the propane tank out of the house. Run hose if needed for safety's sake.

Adding tile will greatly depend on what is under the existing tile. If is it sitting on a concrete backer underlayment, the you will need to extend that feature to accommodate the new tile's height. If the tile was laid directly on plywood or subflooring (we can see that), then making a secure installation may be more difficult as the plywood may cause movement. Not to worry, too much, though. Go ahead and cut your carpet back 8 or 10 inches away from the tile edge and remove it. This will give you and us a better view of what to do.
 
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