Victorian floorboards are a timeless and beautiful feature of many British homes. These classic floors have many virtues. Firstly, refurbished wooden floorboards can increase home values. Secondly, wooden floorboards withstand spills and heavy traffic. Finally, they are more hygienic and hypo-allergenic than carpets, as they do not trap dust and dirt. However, homeowners can be frustrated by the gaps between their sanded floorboards. Gaps in floorboards can result in unwanted draughts and dust kicked-up by underfloor breezes. Solution – floorboard insulation! Here’s how to draught proof wooden floors.
Why Draught Proof Wooden Floors?
With the onset of winter, the heating goes on and we spend more time indoors. Inevitably, we consider the comfort and efficiency of our homes. Reducing draughts is one of the least expensive and most effective ways to save energy – and money – in your home.
“Controlled ventilation helps reduce condensation and damp, by letting fresh air in when needed. However, draughts are uncontrolled: they let in too much cold air and waste too much heat.
To draught-proof your home you should block up unwanted gaps that let cold air in and warm air out. Saving warm air means you’ll use less energy to heat your home, so you’ll save money as well as making your home snug and pleasant”. ~ Energy Saving Trust, Draught Proofing
How to Draught Proof Wooden Floors
When it comes to wooden floors, there are several means of draught proofing. We’ll look at three.
1. Mass fill
Firstly, ‘mass fill’. Mass fill includes collecting sawdust when sanding your floors. Then, mixing the sawdust with resin. Finally, and laying it between each board. The fill can then be stained to match your floorboard. While mass fill is an effective floorboard insulation, it is better used to repair small cracks and gaps. Larger gaps between boards may require alternative means of draught proofing.
2. DIY floorboard insulation
Secondly, DIY draught proofing. DraughtEx floorboard gap filler is a great option for DIY floorboard insulation. A flexible, rubber-like tubing that comes in three widths for insertion in different sized gaps, DraughtEx can effectively reduce the chill of your home:
“Did you know that in a 12ft x 12ft room the gaps in your floorboards produce a draught that is equivalent to leaving a small window open! This can result in significant heat loss and unnecessary heating costs.
The Energy Saving Trust estimates that filling floorboard gaps can save a household up to £40.00 per room per year on energy bills and reduce its CO2 contribution by around 110 kg”. ~ DraughtEx, Fantastic Energy Savings
Simply Sanding’s floor sanding clients have had great success with DraughtEx. On the one hand, the insulation seals gaps between boards to reduce draughts and dust. On the other hand, it results in a very clean and attractive line between boards. Moreover, you can install DraughtEx yourself at a very low cost, after refurbishing your floors.
3. Reclaimed pine slivers
Finally, when asked, ‘how to draught proof wooden floors?’ our top answer is to draught proof with reclaimed pine slivers. With this method, we create wood fillets from old floorboards. Then, these fillets or slivers are hammered into place with a rubber mallet. Finally, we sand down the slivers and stain to match your boards. Admittedly, this is the most costly draught proofing Simply Sanding floor sanding offers. However, it is also the most effective, long-lasting and attractive solution for insulating and remediating floorboard gaps.
Looking to increase the energy efficiency of your home? Simply Sanding floor sanding Essex specialises in the refurbishment and insulation of wooden floors. Contact us today for a free, no obligation quote.