I'm wondering what to use to fill a gap between my conservatory floor tiles and dining room parquet flooring. I originally put a pvc threshold there to cover the gap but this through way has been dislodged many times now by my wifes carers. I was told to use a coloured floor cement ? But I've heard about using silicone caulk ? Many thanks enter image description here

  • Are you still going to use the threshold, over top of the caulk?
    – SteveSh
    Dec 4 '20 at 13:08
  • Have a look at diy.stackexchange.com/a/40707/18078 - in your case, retrofitting, I'd put some finish on the side of the parquet to keep it from taking up too much moisture and grout the joint - or else cut out a gap matching a marble/granite threshold strip, and set that in place with thinset. A stone strip set down into the flooring with cement will stay put, while a PVC strip sitting on top will not. But it looks level enough to just grout and call it a day.
    – Ecnerwal
    Dec 4 '20 at 16:28

Where ever I had you situation, I used a colored latex caulk that was a close a match as possible to the existing grout in the tile floor. After all the caulk is leveled, everything cleaned up, and while the caulk is very wet still, sprinkle dry grout over the wet caulk and let that set on the caulk while it dries. It will give you the flexibility that the wood floor to move against due to seasonal changes since regular grout is not flexible enough to handle the wood movement.

If you choose you grout "topping" carefully, it should blend in fairly well with the existing tile grout.

After the caulk/grout combo is dried, use a vacuum to pick up most of the residual dust from sprinkling the grout. then with a damp cloth, carefully clean the rest of the haze that will be left over. If you choose you may want to tape either side of the joint before you start everything.

A tip that may come in handy... Latex caulk shrinks as it dries, so keep the thickness to a minimum to help reduce the amount of shrinkage. Do this by using "backer rod" to fill most of the depth of the gap so the caulk is only about 1/4" thick, more or less. If the gap is already that deep, then no backer rod is needed. I am assuming the gap is 3/4" deep, since the flooring looks like old school wood flooring.

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