With the cold weather we’ve just had, now is a better time than ever to start preparing your home for the next winter. One way of helping to keep your home nice and cosy, as well as efficient, is to make sure your floors are properly draught-proofed.
The most common way of quickly draught proofing you floor is to use filler. There are different types of fillers and the one you need will depend of the floor you have. Both the type of wood and its shade are important things to keep in mind here too. Using a filler for a is a a great option but might not be the best solution for you. Filler is very flexible and as such, if you fill those gaps, what will end up happening is that the filler will separate from the edge and fall through the gap.
Another option to fill the gaps on your floorboards is to use a tube like roll to push in to the spaces you need to fill. This is one of the cheapest and easiest methods you can use to drought-proof the floor. However, although this is very affective in a new floor, it can end up being a bit more difficult if your floor is slightly older. This is because the gaps tend to be more uneven and you then will have to buy additional rolls in different sizes to correctly do the work.
Alternatively, you can get a thin v-shaped plastic length that fits different sized gaps. In order to use it you need to push the plastic into the gap and this stops draughts abut is far less noticeable to the eye. The only thing to keep in mind with this method is that you need to make sure you properly push the plastic into the gaps, if not done properly, it could rise and cause you to trip or catch on the plastic.
Finally, you can use beading on your skirting board to further strop those annoying airy points. By applying beading to the edge skirting board at the point where it meets the floor, you will help to bridge the gap that causes the draught.
Even though draught-proofing can be a time and money consuming chore, it is really important to do as it can dramatically reduce your energy bills and is hugely beneficial for your house in the long term. Hopefully this little guide to different draught-proofing methods will help you to protect your place from the cold!