If you’re planning to convert your garage, then one of the most important areas to focus on is your flooring. Renovating your flooring will enhance the entire look of your new room. Starting with the flooring is also important as you’ll want to ensure you have a solid foundation before moving onto the walls and ceiling.
Here at West Yorkshire Garage Conversions, we’ve done countless conversions. So trust us, when we say, we know how important flooring is in your garage conversions.
How to Insulate Garage Floor Conversion
When it comes to your garage conversion flooring, there are a few ways and a few factors when it comes to insulating.
Firstly, the two types of floors would be either a floating floor or a suspended floor.
The floating floor would be insulation that sits on the membrane to provide a flush floor level. These are generally used for floor levels of up to 150mm.
The suspended floor is for larger flush levels at 300mm plus.
The rebel and insulation go into these floors to provide the correct flush floor level to match that of the existing level.l In the rest of the house, depending on what levels of insulation is required by building regulations, which can be a factor as sometimes. There will be less insulation required as the floor level maybe be smaller or non-existent. In this instance, extra insulation would be installed on the walls or ceiling to offset the required amount that should be on the floor.
What is The Best Flooring for a Garage Conversion?
When doing a garage conversion, you will typically have the option between two main types of flooring.
The first type of flooring is a floating floor which is an insulated foil-backed board sat on top of a damp-proof membrane. This flooring is for when required flush floor level is around 100-200mm.
The second type of flooring is suspended flooring which is a timber frame that is sat on top of your damp-proof membrane. This flooring would be for larger flush floor levels probably anything over 300mm.
The best finish for the flooring would be chipboard caber flooring which can be installed on top of either a floating or suspended floor. The chipboard flooring will make a nice bed for any floor finish you require whether that be carpet, laminate, or vinyl.
How to Raise the Floor in a Garage Conversion?
When it comes to raising the floor in your garage conversion, there are two main ways to accomplish this. It can be done to achieve a flush floor level with that of the rest of your house.
The first way would be to install a floating floor. This is the installation of a damp proof membrane on the concrete floor slab and then an insulated foil-backed PIR board will sit on top and its joint together with foil tape to hold it in place. This is done in order to provide a solid insulated base which will provide you with a flush floor level throughout.
The second way would be a suspended floor. Starting off again with the installation of damp proof membrane. However, this time on top of the membrane a timber frame is installed and secured using joist hangers. These hangers provide stability but it’s more for the distance between the concrete floor base and the finished floor level.
A suspended floor is generally used when the distance would be quite large, for example, something over 300mm from the ground. The cavities of the frame are insulated with a PIR board also to provide the correct thermal levels.