flooring

  1. P

    Single skin detached garage insulation & flooring

    I'd like to insulate my (concrete) garage floor. It's single skinned so I will seal the concrete (1st coat sealant, 2nd coat sealant + SBR). I will then use tanking slurry on the walls (1st coat slurry + SBR, 2nd coat just slurry). I expect a little slurry left over so I will use that to re-coat...
  2. T

    Plywood Overlay on Cement

    Hi I'm about to start laying 6mm ply over existing floorboards, fixing with 20mm screws. As its in 1 half ofa new extension there's smallish areas where cement or concrete has been used to level where the old external wall used to be. I dont think it's screed as the new built floor is still due...
  3. A

    Finishing a solid wood floor that has a step down to the kitchen

    Hello, I am going to lay a solid wood floor in a living room but there is a step down into the kitchen, how can i finish an exposed edge (it will be the groove not tongue) or is there a 90 degree bend i can buy to continue the floorboards vertically over the step? As you can see, it's a tiny...
  4. Danny Hardy

    How to lay laminate on uneven asbestos floor tiles

    Hey all, I and my partner recently moved into a new house and when we ripped up the carpets found asbestos floor tiles below, they are all in great condition so we just want to cover them up, I've gone around the first room we want to lay the laminate flooring in to make sure it's flat, which...
  5. R

    How to safely screw down chipboard subfloor?

    So my chipboard hallway subfloor is dipped by 7mm and I want to level it and I’ve been advised its easiest to use a self levelling compound. Problem is the boards aren’t secured too well, they move a bit and don’t have enough screws, and the screws are only 50mm and are coming loose. So I need...
  6. T

    Replacing floorboards

    I need to replace the odd floorboard of the base timber flooring in my Victorian house. What specs should I look for in the board? I will measure the width and thickness. It's not tongue and groove. Thanks
  7. T

    Engineered Timber Flooring fitting and finish

    Hi I about to install engineered timber flooring and was wondering what happens at a step edge that we have which intersects the space in terms of expension. The flooring laid up to the edge will be about 3.5m wide and the edge is about 5m long. The flooring down the step will be tile. I was...
  8. R

    Beading alternative for kitchen units?

    Hi, We’ve just had a new kitchen installed, but aren’t sure the best route forward in terms of beading. This has been our first project so we have unfortunately learnt a lot of things too late. We ended up getting the flooring (laminate) put in after the kitchen was fitted, but the fitter has...
  9. ClearlyIDontKnow

    Flooring advice for a noob

    Hey all, DIY noob here! Second floor flat in a converted house, currently has stripped open floor boards. Right now there is no insulation between the joists, just empty space. I was going to add rockwool, but before I do wanted to check, should there be space between the rockwool and the...
  10. G

    Bathroom Ply Subfloor and Tiles

    Hello all, Installing a new bathroom on a timber suspended floor, whilst attempting to get the final floor level as low as possible, and very confused about what I can tile on to! I had imagined I could replace the existing floorboards with 18mm Ply straight onto the joists, and tile directly...
  11. M

    tiling around a kitchen island

    I'm planning on putting in a kitchen island that sits on a tiled rectangle. My plan was to install the island cabinets, tile around these then install the end panels and plinths. I don't have enough tiles to tile the whole rectangle. Does that sound like it will work ok? Thanks
  12. M

    engineered wood kitchen floor after cabinets

    I'm planning on laying an engineered wood herringbone floor in my kitchen. The cabinets are not being removed but the doors, plinths, end panels, etc are being replaced. My plan is to remove the plinths and end panels and lay the flooring up to the feet of the cabinets and then install the new...
  13. K

    Convert downstairs bathroom back to utility?

    Hi all I am wanting to convert our downstairs bathroom (previous owners had council conversion due to immobility) back to a utility room. It has a kind of wet room floor and a large double shower tray that was in a walk in shower. The shower has been removed and for a quick fix we had our...
  14. L

    Spongy Laminate Flooring

    Hi, thanks for viewing my post. I've laid down laminate flooring on a uneven subfloor. (sub floor, Underlay, laminate) its become spongy (all over) and we can hear the floorboard while walking on them. like a boom of air when stepped on. I know now that an uneven floor would do something like...
  15. N

    Concrete floors and cavity

    Hi, I am trying to better understand the flooring in my home and hope some expert advice will clear things up. I have dug down the side of my Edwardian house that was covered with pebbles and found the air bricks way below ground level. My internal floors are concrete and means I wouldn't...
  16. G

    What flooring should I use in damp area ?

    My porch floor is particleboard which is sopping wet, rotten. it is tiled on top. I need to replace it asap , I'm not sure why it's so wet. Maybe I need to treat the joists too ? If so what with ? What's the most water resistant ? Should I replace with wooden floorboard ? Marine ply ? Water...
  17. R

    What is strip wood flooring?

    I'm looking to get real wood flooring to lay over a chipboard sub floor. A neighbour has "strip wood" flooring which he says is thin strips of wood glued to a screed that is poured over the chipboard subfloor, much cheaper than engineered wood apparently. I can't find anything much using google...
  18. A

    Carpet tiles over old floorboards

    I'm looking to replace our carpet in our makeshift home office with carpet tiles, however, the floorboards are old, warped and uneven. If I ply line the floor do I need to leave an expansion gap around the skirting? If so, what's the recommended gap? Also what size ply would people recommend...
  19. M

    10mm or 14mm hard wood flooring

    I have the option to buy a herringbone wood floor I have seen in two thickness options 10mm or 14mm (about £150 more). Which would be better? Most likely I will be doing a floating fit, tongue and groove, as it has 2 underlays (duralay and sound proof vinyl).
  20. CCoomber

    Best laminate underlay for a wooden floorboard subfloor.

    Hi I plan to install laminate flooring on the first floor of my house. I have removed all carpets and previous underlay and cleaned the floorboards beneath. Due to it being the first floor I’d like a good noise reducing underlay. I am currently torn between 3 options: - Vitrex premier 5mm (screw...
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