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Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorbardo
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2020 edited
     
    I've decided to go with the engineered oak flooring in the newbuild home. The main living area / kitchen is open plan and I am looking to fix ceramic floor tiles adjacent to the wooden floor. The oak ply boards height is 20mm. The tiles are 8.5mm. The floor is level and flat 18mm OSB3 fixed to ijoists at 400 centres. Looking for advice on best way to raise the floor by 12mm approx so tiles are same height as floor which will ultimately be around 21.5mm with the Sika glue applied. I' want to to avoid products which emit VOCs.
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2020
     
    I'd just stick some ply/OSB/hardboard down but don't know about VOCs. Don't sweat the last mm or two - you won't notice once the join is covered by a bridging strip.
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    Avoid anything which would wick any water leakages underneath the floor covering and then swell up. (Don't ask ..)

    How about some low profile underfloor heating to take the chill off the tiles if you go barefoot for the teapot in the morning?
    • CommentAuthorphiledge
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2020
     
    Electric UFH set in levelling compound, with adhesive and tiles on top. Tiles with heating are a real pleasure to live with:)
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2020
     
    Posted By: WillInAberdeentake the chill off the tiles if you go barefoot for the teapot in the morning?

    The joys of living with an oriental wife .... not allowed in the kitchen without kitchen slippers on, so the question doesn't arise. Kitchen slippers are different to bathroom slippers of course. Which are different to outdoor slippers ....
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      CommentAuthordjh
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2020
     
    Posted By: WillInAberdeenAvoid anything which would wick any water leakages underneath the floor covering and then swell up.

    Does that mean you'd recommend some tile backer board, or some foam+tensile-textile board then?
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeOct 31st 2020
     
    https://www.pureadhesion.co.uk/jackoboard-plano-insulated-construction-board-1200-x-600-x-6mm.html

    I've used this stuff often, to build up mismatched floor levels, also under electric UFH.
    • CommentAuthorCranbrook
    • CommentTimeNov 1st 2020
     
    If you're not putting ufh, use 12mm Hardie backer. You won't get a better substrate to tile to
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