Draught-Proofing Wood Floors
With the country firmly in the grips of winter and colder weather expected to hit us, it’s important that your home is equipped for all that this jolly season can bring. One of the things that can really pose a problem as the winds grow stronger, is draughty floorboards. So just how do you fill your floorboards and protect your room from being draught city? Well, there are various methods, some easy and some a little more complicated. Allow us to divulge a little further into how to protect your wood floors this winter.
Let’s start with one of the most common solutions, something that is widely available and can be purchased directly from us; flooring filler. The type of filler you use entirely depends on your floor, but don’t worry, we cater for most shades and types of wood so you should be able to find your perfect match. Wood filler is a great option, but it is mostly used to fill scratches or dents that have occurred as oppose to filling gaps in boards. This is because it’s really flexible so although it can be used for this purpose, eventually it will separate from the edge and fall through the gap. So although it’s not the best option against gaps in floorboards it still can be used to protect your floors and help prevent draughts from seeping through the wood itself.
Whether you have stripped, bare floorboards or floorboards under a carpet that seem to be causing a draught in your home, there is a way to prevent this. Although draught-proofing can feel really time consuming and a bit of a chore, it’s really beneficial for your home in the long run and can help to reduce your energy bills significantly! There are a number of different products available on the market that can help prevent draughts. A common one is in a tube-like roll, this is then pushed into the spaces between the floorboards and is probably one of the quickest, easiest and cheapest methods of draught-proofing. You may find it quite difficult if your floor is slightly older though, this is because the gaps may be uneven so you may need to buy additional rolls in different sizes to accommodate.
There are also alternatives available to the tube-like rolls, instead you can purchase a thin v-shaped plastic length that fits all sized gaps. All you have to do is push the plastic into the gap by using something like a credit/debit card of blunt knife, then once it is pushed in it is actually invisible to the eye and stops draughts straight away. The only advice we have with this method is that they are properly pushed into the gaps, if not they could potentially rise above the gaps and cause for you to trip up.
If you have carpets that are over floorboards then you already have an advantage, however carpets don’t stop draughts all together. If you’re working towards a bit of a budget then there is a cost-effective, traditional method; the good old papier-mâché. Now, while this is a cheap and effective solution it is time consuming. If you have the time and patience to do this then by all means, go ahead. If you are looking for something a little quicker and don’t mind shelling out more on the cost-front then you can apply a silicone sealant to the gaps - providing they’re not too big!
One of the final areas that could be causing a draught in your home is the skirting board. No matter how secure your floorboards are you may still lose heat through this area. So how do you ensure protection against this? Well, the answer may come in the form of beading. These can be applied to the skirting boards where they meet the floor and come in an array of shapes and shades, all helping bridge the gap that allows the draught to come through in the first place.
With this information you should now have a vague idea on how to protect your home in the colder months and hopefully save a little money in the process! If you would like any further information on any of our products then give us a call and one of our team members will be happy to provide this.
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