Polystyrene veneer — digital spy

I am in the process of sorting out some of our insulation issues, and one of the measures that I have used in our bedroom is to apply polystyrene veneer to the walls – between that and the other measures I have taken the room is already like a different room (so much quieter and warmer); I am finalising the decoration, and then I am moving on to underlay and carpets.

While I am at it, I am going to get new vinyl for the kitchen/dining room (I am fitting all of this myself to keep it affordable), and was wondering about how I could warm the kitchen floor up a bit; the floor under the vinyl is concrete, and in the winter it is literally stone cold, which makes the area feel cold.

Now, whilst looking at the polystyrene veneer for the walls upstairs, I am sure that I read somewhere that it could also be used under vinyl flooring (two or three layers) to insulate the floor – has anyone tried this, and would it work?

Hmmm, can’t give you an answer about the floor… Interior cinder block walls although would regular underlay be an option?

My sis used to live in a old terraced house and, because the walls were in such a poor condition, we put up a polystyrene lining on the walls and put wallpaper on top.

A few years later, she met her now husband… Insulated concrete wall system he is an ex-firefighter… Precast concrete walls for homes turns out that it’s a terrible fire hazard!

Things may have changed since then of course and the current polysterene stuff may be fire retardant, but at the time he was horrified!

Hmmm, can’t give you an answer about the floor… Sandblasting concrete block walls although would regular underlay be an option?

My sis used to live in a old terraced house and, because the walls were in such a poor condition, we put up a polystyrene lining on the walls and put wallpaper on top.

A few years later, she met her now husband… Concrete block retaining wall diy he is an ex-firefighter… Insulating concrete walls above grade turns out that it’s a terrible fire hazard!

Things may have changed since then of course and the current polysterene stuff may be fire retardant, but at the time he was horrified!

It is fire retardant – or at least the stuff I’ve got claims to be (I’m not going to test it!).

I’ll be using normal underlay under the carpets, but it would be far too thick under the vinyl. Pouring concrete walls forms I must have another search and see if I can find where I read that it can be used under vinyl flooring.


It is fire retardant – or at least the stuff I’ve got claims to be (I’m not going to test it!).

I’ll be using normal underlay under the carpets, but it would be far too thick under the vinyl. Precast concrete retaining walls sydney I must have another search and see if I can find where I read that it can be used under vinyl flooring.

Here’s a thread from DIYnot which is full of tradesmen which may be of help: http://www.diynot.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=76686

ETA: I’ve looked at some other threads on that forum, and they all suggest that any type of underlay underneath vinyl wouldn’t be a good idea, and that plywood is the way to go.

ETA2: Another thread about attaching plywood (or not!) to a concrete floor! http://www.diynot.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1066757#1066757

P.S. Basement concrete wall paint ideas When we covered my sister’s walls in the polystyrene stuff, we could easily make a dent in it, one that would stay dented (not that we tried of course, it just happened a couple of times!). Polystyrene concrete wall construction If you did try the polystyrene under the vinyl, I would worry that as soon as you stand on the floor for any length of time, that the polystyrene in that area would take on a foot shaped dent!

Here’s a thread from DIYnot which is full of tradesmen which may be of help: http://www.diynot.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=76686

ETA: I’ve looked at some other threads on that forum, and they all suggest that any type of underlay underneath vinyl wouldn’t be a good idea, and that plywood is the way to go.

ETA2: Another thread about attaching plywood (or not!) to a concrete floor! http://www.diynot.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1066757#1066757

P.S. Precast concrete house walls When we covered my sister’s walls in the polystyrene stuff, we could easily make a dent in it, one that would stay dented (not that we tried of course, it just happened a couple of times!). Polished concrete walls bathroom If you did try the polystyrene under the vinyl, I would worry that as soon as you stand on the floor for any length of time, that the polystyrene in that area would take on a foot shaped dent!

It seems the concencus of opinion is that it would cause the vinyl to tear as the vinyl itself isn’t that strong, and the soft surface underneath would allow it to move around – this would probably be worse in my house, as the kitchen/dining room appears to have been two rooms at one time, as there is a slope in the middle of the room between the two different levels. Precast concrete walls price india Ah well, we’ll just have to put up with it as a cold floor.

This stuff Versilay can be installed under vinyl according to the info.

Looks good, but would cost ?350 + for my room, on top of the cost of the vinyl, which I am just not prepared to pay for a rented house.

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