Gap filling is a very essential floor repair service in recent years. It contributes to the stability and durability of a wooden floor. The durability of wood flooring depends on a wide range of factors. It starts with the type of floor you have and engineered wood is considered to be more stress- and water-resistant than timber floors. Next come the wood species – pine and poplar are softwood types, for example. We shouldn't underestimate the protective finish layer too since it contributes to the durability and strength of your floor.
The method of installation plays a big role also – floating floors are durable, but nailed or glued floorboards are sturdier. There are so many reasons why the durability of your floor may weaken with time and gaps start appearing between the floorboards. Our gap filling experts manage to fix such situations quickly and effectively. Because gap filling is a service that not only ensures the durability and strength of the flooring construction but also improves its appearance and ensures better insulation. So if you are considering a gap filling repair project for your floor, make sure to contact us and we will help you.
What Is Gap Filling
Flooring Services London has extensive experience in wood floor maintenance and repair in London and this includes gap filling. There are several methods of gap filling and utilise all of them in order to ensure the ideal stability of the floorboards and reliable insulation. The most common methods of gap filling include gap filling with a mixture of natural resin and sawdust and gap filling with wooden strips or slivers for the wider gaps between the floorboards. Gap filling is highly recommended for them gaps start appearing between the floorboards as a result of wear and tear, humidity and moisture issues, expanding and shrinkage of the boards, dryness of the wood, high traffic and heavy footfall.
Different Methods of Gap Filling
Gap filling with a mix of natural, high-quality resin and sawdust is not only an effective and reliable method but also very convenient one since right after sanding there is an abundance of sawdust that can be used for gap filling. Gap filling with resin and sawdust ensures the floor gaps will be filled with sawdust with the same origin as the rest of the floor, so it will blend in easily and ensure an even and uniform look. We use modern sanding equipment for London based projects with dust bags that collect the majority of the coarse and fine dust. The ready mixture of resin and sawdust used for gap filling has the same color as the floor and a thick consistency. For gap filling, it is applied with a spatula by hand. This method of gap filling is suitable for parquetry and floorboards when the gap is less than 5 mm wide. The gap filling mixture dries quickly and ensures a smooth and even surface for more resistance and stability of the floor.
However, you should keep in mind that this method of gap filling is suitable mainly for wood floors that have been glued or nailed down to the subfloor. Floating installation gives the floorboards more flexibility, but also means that the gap filling resin mixture may not be able to hold on and fill in the gaps for long. However, if you notice gaps between the floorboards of your solid wood or parquet floor, make sure to contact our gap filling team and we will be able to solve the problem, To ensure best results, our gap filling team uses only high-quality resin and provides free floor inspection in London along with professional repair treatments prior to gap filling for best outcomes and improved durability.
Now, if your floor is not glued or nailed down, you probably wonder what other options you have. Wooden strips or slivers are another method of gap filling we provide in London. Gap filling with slivers consists of cutting off strips of wood and gluing them into the gap, which means that this gap filling method is suitable for wider gaps. It's an efficient method for gap filling and ensures great stability because the wood strips sit onto the joists and cannot slip out.
Contact us on 0800 0434359 or 020 88309782 whenever you need a high-quality, reliable gap filling service in London.