Gaps Between Floorboards – Can They Be Filled?
Our north Brisbane floor sanding clients always ask “Can you fill the gaps between floorboards?” Some floors are tight while others can have gaps up to 5mm wide. Besides from floors laid with gaps present, floors can also shrink in the dry months. As a result, gaps will widen between the boards. Also, air conditioners will also dry out a floor and, in similar fashion cause the gaps to widen.
Why Are There Gaps Between My Floorboards
Besides heating and cooling your home, other factors can be the cause of gaps widening. For example, direct sunlight or heat from the sun. If glass doors or windows sometimes allow direct sunlight in, it can heat a floor, and as a result, dry it out. This will of course, only be an isolated area.
Underfloor conditions can also be a problem. Air flow can sometimes dry the underside of the floorboards. In similar fashion, moisture can cause the opposite effect. For example poor drainage can trap moisture under a home. This can without doubt cause floorboards to expand.
Sometimes customers ask to have these gaps filled. In brief, it is not a good idea. Yes, the floor would look better with the gaps filled. Sadly, it will always crack and break out. Further, it will break out in pieces. As a north Brisbane floor sanding company, we want the best for our clients. As a result, we refrain from this practice.
The Problems That Will Occur
Indeed we do sometimes find old timber floors that have filler between the boards. There may be pieces of fill still intact. Without doubt, pieces dislodge, and are missing. As a result, these floors do not have a uniform look about them. It is also hard to rectify this problem. In summary, “Can you fill gaps between floorboards with any success?”… in short the answer is no. Timber is a natural product that moves and shifts to suit its surrounding conditions and climate.