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    Hi - anyone any thoughts / recommendations on this. Our living room and conservatory floors and rooms in general always feel cold. I've pulled back the carpet / underlay and the floors are just chipboard. I'm guessing that a lot of the cold just comes up through here and makes the rooms feel cold.

    I'm wondering if it would make any noticeable difference if I put a layer of 5mm fibreboard as used with laminate flooring down first, then put the underlay and carpet back down - as a fairly easy and cheap DIY job?

    There's no noticeable drafts now either ... as I spent an age sorting all those out!

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    I used to have laminate flooring throughout my house (previous owner did it). I eventually replaced all the upstairs bedrooms with carpet and underlay.

    I removed all the fibreboard with exeption to the front guest bedroom as its over the internal garage. (Cold radiating from below) so I left the fibreboard down, then underlay, then carpet.

    I cant honestly say I've noticed any difference other than you have to step up 5 mm into the room from the landing (because its slightly higher with the fibreboard underneath). Which means the door had to be shaved a bit more on the bottom to clear the carpet.

    Its certainly not cold in that room, but I dont know how much that contributed as I also fitted the loft out with Natural Sheeps Wool loft insulation around the same time, and had new windows fitted

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    Quote Originally Posted by julian924s View Post
    Hi - anyone any thoughts / recommendations on this. Our living room and conservatory floors and rooms in general always feel cold. I've pulled back the carpet / underlay and the floors are just chipboard.
    What's under the chipboard? If it's joists and then a gap to the ground below, you should fill the gap between the joists with rigid insulation.

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    or fill the gap with concrete

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    if it is chip board then im betting its concrete floor mate with waterproof membrane over top then chipboard, hence why its so cold. you can get a special foam to put down under carpet/laminate which is a proper insulating layer makes a hell of a difference like

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebellion View Post
    What's under the chipboard? If it's joists and then a gap to the ground below, you should fill the gap between the joists with rigid insulation.
    Yeah that stuff with the silver foil on one side.

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