Gap Filling Polished Wood Floor Company

Gap Filling  Polished Wood Floor Company

Gap Filling

The gaps between floorboards are filled for the following reasons:

1. To make the floor look beautiful.

2. To prevent cold, unpleasant draughts from blowing up from underneath the floor. This is the primary reason my clients have their gaps filled.

3. To prevent dust from blowing up from the sub-floor. It is a very dusty environment underneath floors, a lot of the dust enters the room this way. Filling the gaps will help reduce the amount of dust which must be vacuumed up each week.

4. To prevent light from shining up through the gaps. This usually occurs where halogen lights have been fitted into the ceiling of the room below typical in kitchens and bathrooms and light leaks out of the fitting and illuminates the gaps above.

5. As an acoustic barrier. Filling the gaps in a floor makes a considerable difference to the amount of noise transmission in and out of a room. Our teenagers and their friends like to hang out in our kitchen which is directly below the living room. When I filled the gaps with compressed rubber strip in this case the noise levels from below fell dramatically!

Making your gaps look great!

How the gaps in a floor should look is a matter of personal taste. Some of my clients want a completely smooth look with all the gaps completely filled to level with the surface of the boards. Many others are happy to maintain the traditional gap, but want to avoid draughts and other associated issues. I can offer solutions for both preferences.

The most common method of gap filling and the method that you will be offered by most companies is to use a mixture of wood glue with sawdust. This completely fills the gap and looks great just after it has been done. However, it has the distinct disadvantage that it usually starts to fall out after a few months, particularly if your boards are fairly thin. This is due to the boards flexing across the joists, with the more rigid and brittle wood glue mix in the gaps cracking instead of flexing. Sooner or later bits are sucked up by the hover or fall right through, which looks generally unsightly and reduces the effectiveness of the filling. For this reason I prefer not to offer wood glue-sawdust mix to my clients.

Instead I offer two alternative methods.

FLEXIBLE RUBBER FILLER for the traditional floor board look:

For those clients happy to maintain the traditional gap which is the overall majority of my customers I suggest filling with flexible rubber strip. This is a springy rubber material that comes on a roll. Once forced and compressed into the gap it completely seals it, sitting fairly invisibly just below the surface of the gap.

Flexible rubber strip has the distinct advantage over wood glue-sawdust mix in that it remains permanently flexible, moving with the movement of the floor and therefore never cracking or falling out. Furthermore, if a board ever needs removing for example by a plumber or electrician accessing pipes or wires then the rubber strip can be peeled out and refitted when the board is replaced.

WOOD SLIVERS for the smooth, level, chic look:

For those clients that really want the ultimate smooth expanse of wood I suggest fitting wood slivers between the gaps. I hammer tapered wooden slivers into all the gaps, fixing them permanently in place with powerful adhesive. The sanded completely level there are no gaps left at all. Although the most time consuming method, for the ultimate in smoothness this is the way to go.

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