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Ask an expert: questions for flooring specialists, roofers, electricians and builders

Our Ask an expert section is the place to go to put your home improvement questions to our registered tradespeople experts. There are 27 categories to post your question, from heating engineers to bricklayers.

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This week we’ve had questions posted for flooring specialists, roofers, electricians and builders, covering everything from a light switch not turning off to condensation in an attic. You’ll find a sample of our top questions below but if all this home improvement talk gets you thinking, simply head to Ask an expert to put your own question out there for our expert tradespeople to answer.

Choosing an underlay for engineered wood flooring

Lucy asked professional flooring specialists for advice on which underlay she should use for oak engineered wood flooring.


Scott from Scotts handy services recommended jabalite, explaining that she can use it on any flooring. She’ll just need to consider different depths to make sure that it appears level across the different rooms.

Condensation in an attic

Paul noticed condensation forming on the felt lining in his attic and asked our roofers if this is normal.

Edward of Top Notch Carpentry got in touch to explain that this shouldn’t be happening and he should get it seen to to prevent problems. As he says, ventilation will need to be increased to fix the issue.


Kitchen light won’t switch off

Tina was confused over why her light won’t turn off when the switch is off. Anthony from ARECO PROPERTY MAINTENANCE SERVICES advised her to get a new light switch as it sounds like the one she’s currently using is faulty.


Cost of treating damp

For Emily, it was a damp issue that caused her to head to Ask an expert. She wanted to know how much it would cost to get rid of damp underneath a bay window.


Steve from Repair and Restore explained that there’s no one fixed price to sort damp, it would depend on what was causing it, offering her three different possible causes.

Browse more questions and answers or ask your own home improvement question.

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  1. It depends on which part of the country you live. London, have different prices from Leicester, where I live.. I’d personally charge an hourly rate plus fixtures and fittings.

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