sub floor transition

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Posted by: from Mississauga
9/9/2011 at 11:50:30 PM

I am wondering how to get around a problem I am foreseeing with my basement renovation. I am going to be using the DriCore system for a subfloor, since I will be putting down laminate floor in each room except for the bathroom. My dilema is that I am going to tile in the bathroom. Should I be using the DriCore in the bathroom as well so I can keep the height the same? If doing so, I believe I should be using tapcons in the subfloor to hold it in place in the bathroom. Is there another method to use to insure the bathroom tile and the laminate floor transition is the same height? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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Date/Time9/12/2011 at 1:01:00 PM

HI Bill.

If you are using the 2x2 Dri Core there is the opportunity of too much movement for a tile installation. You may wish to consider using a dry pack to raise and level the floor or self leveling compound.


Kingsway Construction Inc

Glenn Rosborougoh

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Date/Time9/15/2011 at 2:03:25 PM

Hi Bill, Just thinking about your question for a couple of days and I am wondering why you chose to go with Dricore for your application. It is a good product that I have used before but it is not the only method for creating a sub floor. You could lay down rigid foam (1 - 2"), tape all the seams, and overlay with a plywood T & G subfloor, properly screwed through the rigid. This would give you a layer of insulation, a vapour barrier, a common floor height throughout, and a good substrate for tiling. I would still recommend using a waterproofing / uncoupling product (schluter or equivalent) under the tiles.

Hope this helps!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman Services

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