can gaps in a wooden floor be filled
We often get asked can gaps in a wooden floor be filled, we fill gaps with a mixture of three methods, strips of wood that are glued in to position. This method is with out doubt the best for look and for reliability.
We use gap filler for really small gaps where stripes of wood can’t be used and also for fine line repairs in the boards, or recently we added a black expanding neoprene strip which has the benefit of retaining the oldie worldie look of the floorboards but stops draughts coming up through the floorboards.
Filling gaps between the boards, good idea?
Filling gaps is an effective way of eliminating draughts, 98% of houses have air bricks at ground level. There will be a continuous amount of air passing under the house, when you take up the carpet that air will create a vacuum and suck warm air from your room and pass it out the house through the air bricks.
Filling gaps stops the warm air leaving the room maintaining the temperature of the room as you remember it was with carpet. Above ground level rooms; this stream of air is not present so it would be purely a decorative reason. Gap filling actually look great on most floors.
Fixing floor gabs can be done a number of different ways; the most extensive is to have to completely replace a floor that has too many gaps to repair without losing its beauty. Ordinarily you can fill the gaps with wood filler, putty, or with pieces of rope- and then finish with stain to match the floor. The latter is an older method of filling gaps, and not only serves as a way to fix floor gaps, but also will help keep any drafts that come up through the floor to a minimum as Well.
Using fillers- such as putty, powdered filler which is mixed to a putty or paste form, or even caulking- can rid your hardwood floors of gaps if done properly. Fillers are best used when the gaps are narrow and the floor is not riddled with them. One thing to note about using fillers to fix floor gaps; as humidity changes and the floor expands and contracts, the filler may actually be forced out when the floor expands to accommodate additional humidity.
For further information on can gaps in a wooden floor be filled don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0800 9174276. A member of our team will be more than happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.