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have a floatin floor what the best way to lay laminate floorin or tiling with out crackin grout and boucning... need help thanks
If this is laid on a concrete slab then a good DPM then a laminate underlay will be enough but also fix your skirting directly on top of the flooring(Thats if its not already fitted)and then fix a quadrant around the periphery to hold it down and keep in place.
With tiling if this is straight onto a slab you wont have any issues!
If you was laying tiles directly onto floorboards you would need to make sure the timber is sound of any decay and then double board with a 8 x 2 tongue and groove chipboard that is moisture resistant or a marine ply,screwed to the floorboards and then just lay your tiles using a good quality tile adhesive.
Good luck and hope this was of some help to you.
Answered 26th May 2011
If laying tiles you will need to use a flexi adhesive and grout to allow for movement so tile joints wont crack and tiles wont lift.
As for laminate depends on product but usually just lay over underlay leaving a gap around all perimeters to allow for expansion may sound trange but it will expand rather than shrink and finish off with skirting if removed or with a matching trim. Also make sure that the flooring if going through a doorway is cut under the door lining.
Hope this is of help to you.
Regards Garry D&G Builders.
Answered 31st May 2011
What ever you decide to lay on your floating floor I would recommend using a self-levelling compound on the floor to ensure it is very flat and level.
When tiling ensure you spread the adhesive evenly and so that all the tile sits on the adhesive. When it comes to grouting use a flexible grout and ensure it is well mixed this decreases the risk of cracks in your floor. Should you get any cracks at a threshold strip a silicone sealant can be used for that joint.
With the laminate flooring just ensure you have a 5mm or 10mm gap around the edge of the room to allow for expansion and when laying ensure it is all in place correctly. I would also recommend using an underlay specially designed for laminate flooring.
Good Luck and regards, James, Bricks & Mortar.
Answered 7th Jun 2011