Gap Filling

Although we want our flooring to look as good as new, year in and year out, the laws of nature will often come into play. For instance, wood is a natural material and absorbs moisture from the air; it also releases moisture into the air. This process has a marked effect. The constant shrinkage from releasing air – as well as the expansion caused by the absorption of air over time – creates gaps in the wood. Subsequently, the seasons contribute in making this process a constant one. As a general rule of nature, wood swells during the summer and contracts during winter.

Gaps on your flooring are something no one wants for any number of reasons. Apart from the fact they look messy and reduce the appealing look of the floor, they’ve been known to contribute to droughts, which will definitely lead to an increase in your heating bills during cold periods. Whatever annoys you most about gaps, there is a solution for them. In fact, there are different methods of tackling gaps and we are well versed in each of them. Our professionals are trained to know which method will deliver the best gap-filling results for your floor. With our vast experience in floor sanding, we can also devise and customise methods to achieve efficient solutions for your gap problems. You’ll have both a more attractive gap-free floor and will have saved money on heating bills.

Filling Large Gaps In wood Floors

Gaps on wood floors are usually hard to deal with. Often, the first instinct is to have the entire flooring removed and replaced with a new one. As the humidity rises and falls, wide gaps will be seen appearing in wood particularly. This is the reason it’s not advised to floor your bathroom with wood. When they appear, attend to them immediately. How to do so will of course depend on the sizes of these gaps and how many there are. You’ll also have to determine whether they are the type of gaps that will close by themselves. These are the ‘normal’ kind, which are caused by changes in the season. They usually close by themselves once the season changes. This is all the more reason why your gaps should be filled by professionals, with extensive years of experience in the business.

Since gaps in wood floors are usually wide, it’s recommended they be filled with wood slithers as they are more permanent and are the most robust method on the market. Our professionals opt for this solution, even though it’s time consuming. However, the upside is that they also come out very attractive, thereby leaving both you and your floor satisfied. When dealing with gaps on hardwood floors, it’s important to check with the manufacturer, as some wood flooring would be better reinstalled completely.

Filling with solid pine stops/ wood slivers

This method of filling gaps involves the use of reclaimed pine or any other timber which can fit to fill gaps. Bits of wood are cut and wedged between gaps and hammered into the floor, thereby covering up the gaps. However, this method is not recommended for filling gaps in floorboards or wooden blocks. One of the many advantages is that when carried out by an experienced expert, this creates a beautiful pattern on the floor, which takes the attention away from its corrective purpose. However, this method is not close to perfection. During seasonal changes, the wood can break away from the joints and come off, which can be extremely frustrating – no matter how much glue is applied. However, this method is more long lasting than the use of resin fillers and creates a smoother and more appealing finishing in the end.

Filling gaps with resin

This is the most common and cost effective method of gap filling for floors. It is most efficient when used on gaps of about 6mm and often used alongside sawdust, which makes the resin blend in with the floor. However, it requires sanding the floor first to get its natural colour to match your choice of sawdust. The dust is simply mixed with the resin paste in the right amount and applied to the gaps using a knife, spatula or any tool that can suffice. Our professionals work quickly during this stage, since the paste can easily dry up. Once the paste is pressed into the gap sufficiently, it’s then allowed to dry, before being sanded. This is carried out before the final finishing is applied to that area. The disadvantage is that it can fall through gaps in areas where the floor is laid over joists – worse still when there is significant floor movement. However, when the job is undertaken by experts, this downside can significantly be mitigated.

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Causes of gaps and their preventions

There are many reasons for gaps appearing on floorings. So, read carefully and note the ones that might have caused your floor gaps in order to better prevent them in future if they are preventable.

  • Gaps appear during winter, as all the moisture absorbed into the wood is released into the air, thereby causing a shrinkage that reveals gaps. However, when summer comes, they disappear. With a house humidifier and air-conditioner, you can regulate humidity in the house during all seasons.
  • Another reason includes badly laid boards. Sometimes, they are not allowed to initially acclimatise before being used.

Possible gap filling issues

Sometimes, filling a floor gap can become problematic, especially when the gaps are considerably wide. When this occurs, replacing the entire floor becomes the only available solution. Such situations arise when the gaps are many or when there are missing slivers and so on. We subsequently consider the cost of going ahead to continue filling the gaps. In this case, it might be cost effective to change the entire floor rather than filling the gaps – especially in the long run. However, before this happens, our experts make sure there are no other viable options.

Reviews

What an amazing job Ben and team have made of our entrance hall and hallway. We simply could not have hoped for a better job. Extremely helpful before and during the work. No mess at all and a pleasure to have working in the house. We cannot recommend highly enough.
chris broad
chris broad
16:33 14 Mar 18
Fantastic service from a very professional team. From quoting through to the final product Ben and his team delivered an impeccable service. Have and will continue to recommend to friends. Ben was able to recommend the best type of finish for our particular wood to bring it back to an amazing finish - so do ask him for his opinion, as he recommended us a much better colour for our hallways then we had planned. We always get positive comments from visitors on our floor and its finish.
cobblex
cobblex
12:39 20 Mar 18
Btown Flooring did an incredible job of all the floors in my house - they look beautiful! Ben's considerable expertise reassured me from the first that this was the company I trusted to look after my original Victorian floorboards. He guided me through the options in a professional and friendly manner, going the extra mile to ensure the best possible outcome. He kept me informed at all times and delivered to schedule at the price quoted.
Claire Seymour
Claire Seymour
13:35 30 Mar 18
Ben and his team sanded and varnished our downstairs living areas and hallway. They were very polite, respectful and Ben took as much time as was needed to make sure everything was done to a high standard as well as being happy to explain all aspects along the way as well as allowing us time to make decisions. He also recommended a finish which was much better than the one we thought we wanted - sample areas were created on the floor so that we could get an idea of the different finishes before making a choice. The team worked hard and were very professional throughout the whole process. As we had chosen a different varnish the price did increase slightly. Ben made an estimate as to what that increase would be which turned out to be slightly less than it actually was. I asked him afterwards about the difference in the price and he refunded it, apologising for any confusion stating that it was an estimate. I thought this was very fair. Overall, I would definitely recommend B-Town as the work was of a high standard and the team were very professional and courteous, trying their best to accommodate our movements to contain disruption. I think the job took longer than they had quoted for but the price did not increase because of that. The only problem is that we really have to look after our floors now as our dog has managed to scratch it already! Top tip: buy a roll of felt adhesive that can be cut to size and adhered to the bottom of all the feet of your furniture, maybe to your dogs paws too 🙂
Mister Phil
Mister Phil
11:51 07 Mar 18
Used this company to sand and stain the hallway in my flat making it a beautiful dark red mahogany colour. They were friendly and more importantly tidy. Did such a good job the managing agents used them for the communal areas later that year. Would use again.
Dean Cottrell
Dean Cottrell
21:03 12 Feb 18
Great work from Ben and team, really good finish and house was left clean and tidy. Ben was very helpful in explaining the process also. Would very much recommend.
russell brighton
russell brighton
11:13 13 May 18
Ben and his team did a great job with my kitchen wood floor. He is an honest and professional guy. He will give you helpful suggestions to make your floor look just perfect. Highly recommend.
H N
H N
09:53 12 Jul 18
I was given the responsibility of finding the right company to refurbish our Church Hall floor and three double doors at the church and hall. Had several quotes and a lot of promises. Just had a feeling that Ben and his team would deliver exactly as discussed. They did and we are delighted. Well done BTown.
Nigel Ireland
Nigel Ireland
16:37 08 Aug 18

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