Avaire - Interlocking Floating Porcelain Floors

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Q. How do I finish the edge of Avaire at the top of the stairs?

A. An overlapping stair nose made of vinyl, metal or a flush wood may be used.

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Q. Is a trim piece needed at the edge of Avaire tile where it meets carpet?

A. No. The carpet can be tucked between the tackstrip and the edge of the Avaire tile. Or, if necessary, shimming may be used to transition from one surface to the next.

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Q. My Avaire floor is butting up to my wood floor. What is the best way to transition between these floors?

A. If the floors are similar in height, a T-molding can easily be used.

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Q. I'm installing Avaire tile in my kitchen over my vinyl floor, but not in my laundry room. What do I do at the edge of the tile?

A. A beveled hard surface reducer made of wood, vinyl or metal will serve as an easy transition between the two floors. Avaire offers a wooden reducer option available in 3 colors.

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Q. After leaving a 1/4" gap along the perimeter, what can be used to fill this space?

A. This 1/4" space along a perimeter or barrier can be filled in using a flexible caulk or covered using quarter round. In areas exposed to moisture, it is strongly recommended that a quality silicon sealant is used to fill in the gap along the perimeter.

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Q. Can Avaire be installed on stairs?

A. The Avaire Floating Porcelain Tile System is designed and warranted as a floating floor system, and is not recommended for stair applications. We recommend Avaire non-interlocking (or raw) porcelain tile, using traditional installation methods. If you choose to use Avaire interlocking tile on a stair application, it will need to be fully adhered using a high-quality construction adhesive and a stair nose at the edge.

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Q. I have vinyl on the toe kicks of my cabinets. Can I install Avaire in its place?

A. Yes. Avaire tile can be fastened to a toe kick using a quality construction adhesive.

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Q. Can I use Avaire tile as a baseboard?

A. Yes. Simply cut the tile to the desired height and install it after the floor installation is complete. The tray will be exposed on the top cut edge, and will need to be covered using grout, caulk or a molding.

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Q. Can I butt my Avaire floor directly against my wood floor of equal height?

A. Yes. If your wood floor is the same height as Avaire, butting directly to the two floors will work well. Avaire and wood flooring expand and contract at different rates, so a bead of flexible caulk should be placed in the space between the two floors. If the wood floor is a different height, then a reducer molding will need to be installed to transition the two floors.

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Q. Can Avaire Flexible Grout be installed in the 1/4" gaps along the perimeter or at a threshold?

A. It is recommended that a flexible caulk be used to fill the 1/4" gap along the perimeter or at a threshold.

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