Originally Posted by fret_wimp2
Started investigating flooring (laminate and tile) but have a few questions:
-Most places sell flooring but don't want to install it, e.g. B&q are reluctant to install and charge 25 euro per m2 to install. That seems expensive.
Should I adjust my expectations on floor fitting costs?
-Is it normal to buy the materials (tiles and laminate) myself and have someone fit or to just get a company who comenout and measure, supply materials and sort it all out?
-What thickness do I need to avoid creaky floors?
-Do I use different thickness on ground floor vs upstairs?
-What standaed/grade /certification should laminate have to be considered durable and waterproof?
Basic questions but as I've never owned a house before, Im unsure how this usually works.
This is an expensive quote. Des Kelly quoted us around 14/m2 to install. It's normal to get floors installed by someone else. Usually, if the floor is not that easy to install you should hire a professional that you trust (via recommendation from friends).
I don't know a lot about laminate floors but there are some that are good to install in the kitchen. Do more research on the internet to see your options (This is from an American site: https://www.lowes.com/projects/build...guide/project)
Usually the underlay is the one that you change and not the thickness of the floor. On the ground floor you should use a foil-back and thicker underlay to protect from moisture and isolate as it's going on concrete. On the upstair floors you already have insulation so the cheapest will do.