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Need Hearth and Flooring Installation Advice!

Posted by BlackChamois (My Page) on
Sat, Jul 7, 12 at 0:42

(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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RE: Need Hearth and Flooring Installation Advice!

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.


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