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I picked up a small job replacing a laminate floor. I've done a few but it's the first one I have had to do that runs into a patio door. The laminate is running parallel with the patio door. The homeowner has asked if I can dream up any ideas to keep the laminate away from the edge as was previously done. Maybe a filler strip etc. not made from mdf less susceptible to moisture the first 2 1/2 inches. The snow and rain was creeping in caused with the door opening and closing. They had a carpet mat there but didn't keep things dry. The last person to install it just ran a bead of silicone over the laminate that was gapped 1/4" away which of course failed and in turn lifted the mdf.
 

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If they have water problems in that doorway before, they will more than likely continue after. You can use a hearth strip or reducer there to cover the gap, but I think that will not solve the problem entirely. Some areas need water resistant flooring such as tile or sheet type vinyl.
 

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Buy a piece of brown rubber stairnose and cut the front down to size. Then caulk the hell out of it with 100% pure silicone.
 

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If they have water problems in that doorway before, they will more than likely continue after. You can use a hearth strip or reducer there to cover the gap, but I think that will not solve the problem entirely. Some areas need water resistant flooring such as tile or sheet type vinyl.
Agreed. Some people are just to stupid to reason with though. Why not offer to tile an entry space in front of the door? Two sticks of t-molding, 12sf of tile and membrane of your flavor, a bag of thinset, a handful of grout... less than a hundred bucks and two hours of time.
 

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Though pretty much waterproof, to me it looks odd, I've seen it a lot. You would do that for less than a hundred bucks?, I wouldn't get out of my truck for that, unless I was starving.
Water can travel sideways through the slab, so if you silicone. 1/4 inch, it travels 1/4"+1
 

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I live down in the south, not much snow down here. Its hard to tell from your photo of the details at the door theshold. Are you sure the water is coming between the door and threshold AND not the between the theshold and slab. Do you think they need a new threshold (set in 100% silicone fasten w/ tapcon screws) and a new weather strip on the door. I would unclick a few rows make these corrections and then with a little water - water test to see if it leaks inside if not - reclick floor back and add a baby theshold.
 

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I agree with making a tile or vinyl area in front of the operating door. You could suggest this to the customer and see what they think. Any carpet put there will hold water and make things worse. Good luck.
 

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Though pretty much waterproof, to me it looks odd, I've seen it a lot. You would do that for less than a hundred bucks?, I wouldn't get out of my truck for that, unless I was starving.
Water can travel sideways through the slab, so if you silicone. 1/4 inch, it travels 1/4"+1
Uh no. I didn't mention labor - that's on him. Assumptions and all that....
 
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I agree with making a tile or vinyl area in front of the operating door. You could suggest this to the customer and see what they think. Any carpet put there will hold water and make things worse. Good luck.
A solid vinyl, felt back sheet vinyl we saw plenty of mildewing.
 

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Uh no. I didn't mention labor - that's on him. Assumptions and all that....
Was gonna say , I know your fast and efficient, you would have to carry everything in on one trip , and I'm sure you could scrape up all the material from under your toolbox.
 

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Settled I will tile the area in front. I have some ditra left over I will use from another job. The water issue is from tracking snow in from the outside. It come off the boots etc. And of course. The dam heat register is half way into the patio door area and 1/2 way past on 1 side only.
 
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