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We live in a house that is around 5 years old. The floor in the kitchen is much colder than the floors in the rest of the house.

I want to check if the under floor insulation is properly in place under the kitchen and if not insulate it properly.

The kitchen floor is tiled so no easy access through there.
Does anyone know if a new house requires/normally has an access hatch to the crawl space.

Currently mostly laminate and tiles down so no way of knowing what’s underneath?


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If it has a void under the floor I doubt it would be any use getting under as the floor is probably constructed out of block and beam. See http://www.cemex.co.uk/floor-installation-guide.aspx Building Regs would require a level of insulation, like 50mm of polystyrene, before the chipboard floor goes down so you have a sandwich of substrates inaccessible from underneath. Strange it gets cold? Is it the tiles as they can be cold to the foot?

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Yes, it’s block and beam construction. Neighbours have sent us picture of when it was being constructed and you can see the construction method.

We have tiles in the kitchen and WC. Tiles in the kitchen are generally much colder than the WC. Measures them at around 12-15oC when the walls are at 20oC.
Generally the WC tiles are around 18oC at the same time. The only part of the kitchen floor that is warmer is where the radiator pipes are. But that’s just one small corner.

I thought if I could get into the crawl space I might be able to see the insulation from underneath and possible add more to the underside.


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If the house is only 5 years old, could you not raise this as a latent defect with the developer and have them investigate/repair. Did the builder provide a 10 year NHBC warranty?

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Irrespective of age that is a latent defect the builder is liable. If of course the construction is at fault.

Have you carried out survey with infra red surface thermometer , not guaranteed but will give some indication and at least show that maybe that floor is colder than others .


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Surely if you WERE able to get under the floor from the crawl space all you'd see would be concrete beams with concrete blocks between them.

In order to increase (or get access to) the insulation you'd have to take up the flooring in the kitchen


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Sounds like you will have to take up the flooring I'm afraid. :cb


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