18 Apr 2012
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United Kingdom
Need some urgent help, please!

I am having a east facing conservatory built and am a bit confused about flooring. It's a large rectangular conservatory (3m by 9m) and has two manholes that the builder will raise up to floor level and we will need some sort of double sealed manhole cover that allows it to be tiled/laminated over but allows access if needed.

I don't like vinyl and not sure of tiles as I am a bit nervous about electric underfloor heating for such a large area. So more or less decided on laminate.

Wife likes tile effect laminate so the ones from quickstep are all 8mm thick - nothing thicker. E.g. exq1556

My question is
1) Is 8mm too thin? Will there be much noise? If so I discuss with my wife about not going tile effect in which case quickstep has some nice 12mm wood effect ones.
2) Planning on TimberTech2 5mm accoustic plus gold underlay - will that be suitable for the 8mm laminate? Will it too squishy underfoot as it is a fairly thick underlay.
3) Any other suggestions for laminate from top brands and suitable underlay for tile effect laminate?

Basically want a floor that looks like tiles, will not be too cold, not too noisy and has some slight cushioning as my wife has weak joints. Budget is ideally under £30/sqm for the flooring.
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