In our paper we investigated the initial-boundary value problem for elastic layer situated on half space of another elastic medium. In this medium the thermomechanical interactions were taken into consideration. The system of equations with initial-boundary conditions describes the phenomenon of wave propagation with finite speed. In our problem there are two surfaces ie. free surface and contact surface between layer and half space. On the free surface are setting boundary conditions for normal and tangent surface force. We consider two types of contact between layer and half-space: rigid contact and slip contact. The initial-boundary value problem was solved by using integral transformations and Cagniard-de Hoope methods. From the solution of this problem follows that in layer and half space exist some kind of thermoelastic waves. We investigated moreover the conditions which should be fullfiled for propagation of Rayleigh and Love's type waves on the contact surface between layers and half space. The results obtained in our investigation were used in technical applications especially engineering design and diagnostics of roads and airfields. (© 2012 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim)