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How to cover where grout, laminate wood & tile flooring meet.?

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We just installed laminate wood floors & tiles in our open space living/kitchen room. We put ceramic tiles in the kitchen area & the wood laminate in the living area. Due to time constraints we had to get the laminate installed first before the tiles.
Our tiler was supposed to put something between the wood & the tiles but didn’t.
He’s not being very cooperative about completing this, so we are trying to do something ourselves.
What can we put there, so that the grout stops coming apart where the tiles & laminate wood meet?
Thanks.

Hopefully, your tile guy used a metal edge to end the tile. It makes for a cleaner look for a transition to another floor.
If he did not, it just makes it a bit more difficult but not impossible…
My suggestion would be to use silicone in between the two floor types. Grout will always crack there if there is no edge installed. The laminate floor moves and the tile doesn’t (hopefully, or you have more problems to look forward to with cracking grout…) so the silicone allows the movement.
It does depend on what colour the grout is but if it’s white, almond, dark grey/black; you can use silicone right out of the tube in place of the last bit of grout or between the metal edge and the laminate.
You will have to scrape out some of the grout from the transition area… about 1/16 deep where the tile ends and the laminate starts.
If it is not a standard silicone colour, you have to mix clear silicone with some grout powder (on a sheet of cardboard or something… to make a silicone grout that matches…) and force it in the crack with your finger. Use masking tape to cover the laminate edge and the edge of the tile and leaving an open area between… take the tape off while the silicone is wet and rub any excess off each surface. Once it is cured, you can rub off the remaining excess silicone from the tile with your finger.
Even if the colour is not exact, grout changes colour (darker) over time… even if you seal it… the seal wears out, most people don’t keep up with re-sealing etc…
Sounds time consuming yes, but works well and worth the effort as opposed to a threshold trim that will result in a high spot over the joint.
Good luck!

4 Responses to “How to cover where grout, laminate wood & tile flooring meet.?”

  1. stephanie p Says:

    we had a similar situation where 2 different laminates meet between a bathroom and kitchen… we covered it with a screwed in brass plate… holds the flooring down and looks nice tooReferences :

  2. reynwater Says:

    Install a threshold….home depot, lowesReferences :

  3. FixerUpper Says:

    Hopefully, your tile guy used a metal edge to end the tile. It makes for a cleaner look for a transition to another floor.
    If he did not, it just makes it a bit more difficult but not impossible…
    My suggestion would be to use silicone in between the two floor types. Grout will always crack there if there is no edge installed. The laminate floor moves and the tile doesn’t (hopefully, or you have more problems to look forward to with cracking grout…) so the silicone allows the movement.
    It does depend on what colour the grout is but if it’s white, almond, dark grey/black; you can use silicone right out of the tube in place of the last bit of grout or between the metal edge and the laminate.
    You will have to scrape out some of the grout from the transition area… about 1/16 deep where the tile ends and the laminate starts.
    If it is not a standard silicone colour, you have to mix clear silicone with some grout powder (on a sheet of cardboard or something… to make a silicone grout that matches…) and force it in the crack with your finger. Use masking tape to cover the laminate edge and the edge of the tile and leaving an open area between… take the tape off while the silicone is wet and rub any excess off each surface. Once it is cured, you can rub off the remaining excess silicone from the tile with your finger.
    Even if the colour is not exact, grout changes colour (darker) over time… even if you seal it… the seal wears out, most people don’t keep up with re-sealing etc…
    Sounds time consuming yes, but works well and worth the effort as opposed to a threshold trim that will result in a high spot over the joint.
    Good luck!References : In my house…
    Marble to cherry hardwood transition
    Granite to cherry hardwood transition
    Ceramic to laminate transition

  4. rlbendele1 Says:

    You need a "T" molding. Sold to match your laminate. Buy it at the same place you got the laminate.References :

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