Need Hearth and Flooring Installation Advice!

blackchamoisJuly 7, 2012

(Note: this is a x-post to the remodeling and flooring forums as well.)

I am redoing my fireplace (mantel, surround and hearth). I am ALSO installing new wood floors. The mantel will be wood, while the surround and hearth a stone tile. I believe, by code, I am required to have a hearth. It will not be a raised hearth, but rather flush with the floor.

My questions are these:

1) Should the hearth tile go down first, and the floor installed "up to" the tile? (I believe so, but wanted to make sure. I guess the only other option would be to install the floor and then cut out a portion for the hearth, which makes no sense to me.)

2) Will I need a "transition" piece to merge from one to the other (from floor to tile - like a threshold)? Or can the floor butt directly up to the tile? (I was told I need to allow for expansion and contraction of the flooring, thus the transtion piece was recommended. My concern with this is that I don't want a "bump" in my flooring. Most of the pictures that I have seen of hearths flush with the flooring don't APPEAR to have a transition piece, but maybe I am just not seeing it.)

Any recommendations? Thank you!

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karenduke

You're less likely to stub your toe if you have trim covering any expansion gap between the wood floor and the tile hearth, as some expansion/contraction can occur due to settling, etc. that can cause a difference between the height of the floor and the hearth.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 5:23PM
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