2023 Author: Philip Bishop | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-24 22:24
- Why combine coatings?
- Choosing a docking method
- Tight fit of materials
- Silicone joint
- Using a plug expansion joint
- Application of the joint nut
- Features of installing the nut at the junction
The use of several types of flooring in the same area always entails the question of "how to join the tiles and laminate". After all, this must be done not only visually beautifully, but also qualitatively. Today, many are thinking about dividing the kitchen into two zones: a work area and a dining area. In this regard, the part of the floor where the kitchen unit is located is laid out with tiles, and the other part of the room with laminate.
Why combine coatings?
The combination of several coatings in one room provides a number of obvious advantages, for example:
- The ability to create your own interior design and choose the required color range of materials.
- Division of zones into several segments depending on their purpose. Those places where there is constant movement, heavy objects can fall, the floor can get dirty - it is recommended to tile it, and the second area of the floor of the room, where people will spend only some of the time, can be finished with laminate.
- Ease of cleaning of the floor covering, as well as an extended service life.
- Such a move will help to visually increase the space in the room.
- Saving flooring costs. You do not need to buy tiles for the entire kitchen area if they have a large volume. Instead, the financial costs are reduced if half of the room is covered with a lower cost laminate.
Apart from the kitchen, the division of space can also be found in other rooms of the house, such as the hallway or corridor. In these rooms, there is also the possibility of permanent contamination of the floor. In these cases, floor tiles or porcelain stoneware will have to be in place. The latter option is distinguished by its high cost and therefore it will be too expensive to revet the entire floor in the room with it. Therefore, you should combine tiles with laminate, and a smooth transition with a sill will visually divide the room into zones.
Choosing a docking method
At the moment, several methods are used for joining tiles with laminate. Some of them require a long and painstaking work, while others are easier to install and are common.
Tight fit of materials
This method is good for joining finishing materials of the same type, for example, in the interior space. It is possible to connect a plate and a laminate in this way, but this process will require perseverance and accuracy in work. Due to the fact that floor tiles are much thicker than laminate flooring, you will have to raise the level of the screed in the area where the latter will be located.
To achieve a perfectly flat joint will still not work due to the difference in material properties. Temperature can cause laminate flooring to expand. In order to prevent such a situation from happening, the seam between the tile and the laminate is filled with grout, after which it is cleaned until it matches the floor covering. Of course, an option is possible if you glue the laminate board to the floor with liquid nails or silicone, and coat the joint of the tile with the laminate with an acrylic sealant.
The main rule in floating laminate floors is that at the same time there is only one fixed side, and the rest are free for linear expansion.
This method is based on filling the joint with sealants and silicone. Using these materials will make the seam more invisible. The material for filling the seam is matched to the color of the finishing material.
If in the future you have to make repairs, then removing the flooring will not be easy - this is the disadvantage of this method. You will also need to be careful when working - after all, the foam or sealant must be applied gradually. The advantage of this method is the reliability and strength of the structure.
Using a plug expansion joint
This method is an innovation in the construction industry. This method is durable and reliable. The cork material is compressible and therefore will not deform the floor covering. Also, the cork expansion joint aesthetically and tightly fills the seam and is an alternative to the most common joint method - the sill.
By tinting the compensator, you can achieve the desired color. But this method requires a perfect fit of the materials, otherwise the use of a cork expansion joint is impossible.
Application of the joint nut
The most common, effective and affordable method today. This method compares favorably with others in that it has a number of advantages. The variety of materials for the nut allows you to choose the one that best suits your style: aluminum, wood, plastic or steel.
If the joint has a non-standard shape, for example, bends, then plastic sills will help to cope with this issue. Another plus of using the nut is the ability to hide all the irregularities and defects of the joint. Well, the decisive factor in choosing this particular method of joining between tiles and laminate is ease of installation and a variety of colors.
The choice is always up to the consumer, therefore, before deciding on the method of joining the coatings, consider which option is most suitable for your materials.
Features of installing the nut at the junction
Since the use of sills at the joints between laminate and tile is the most common, you need to know some of the nuances of its installation.
The runners are made of various materials: wood - rarely used, as they tend to dry out; plastic - often equipped with a special rubber gasket for a tighter fit to the joint; aluminum is the most popular product because of its durability and strength.
Depending on the type of connection, the sills are:
- Through fastening. The option is good because it has a simple installation, and is also able to hide a small difference in height between the coatings. Additionally, such a nut is placed on sealed glue.
- In the form of an H-shaped bar. This design contains grooves on both sides. Laminate is started from one side of the lower part of the product, and tiles from the other. The gaps are filled with appropriate materials - silicone and grout.
- Collapsible bar. Here the nut is based on two T-shaped strips, which are laid along the line of joint of both coatings. Further, they are connected into one whole, after which a decorative overlay is installed, which snaps into place on top.
To install a metal nut that has a through fastening, you must:
- Measure the length of the joint and measure this distance on the product.
- Attach the nut to the joint and mark out the glasses for the fasteners.
- Using a punch, drill or screwdriver, drill holes in diameter suitable for the self-tapping screws on which the nut will be attached.
- Insert the seals into the product and attach to the installation site using fasteners.
The hidden mount has a slightly different installation order:
- Unpack the product and cut on both sides a length equal to the length of the doorway;
- Using a tool, drill holes in the floor at the joint;
- Install plastic dowels into the holes;
- Insert the screws into the groove on the inside of the nut and position them so that they coincide with the dowels in the floor;
- Insert the product carefully into the holes;
- Use a mallet to nail the nut to the floor in gentle strokes. Use a block of wood to avoid damaging the product.
The ease of installation of the edge for the joint between the laminate and the tiles determines its popularity among consumers. Correct installation will help ensure the aesthetic appearance of the floor covering.