The benefits of filling gaps in floorboards and hardwood parquets
Over time, you may notice gaps appearing on your hardwood flooring or oak parquet, due to the natural expansion and contraction of the wood material. Variations in humidity levels and temperature fluctuations (and sometimes, an incorrect floor installation process) are the main culprits behind gaps becoming visible on your wood floor surface. And say, if the hardwood floor expansion gaps have not been left as wide as they should be, this will just aggravate the issue. These, in effect, are the gaps between the floor and the walls that need to be left during the installation before being covered with skirting boards.
Another reason that you may one day need to fill gaps in the wood floorboards is that the material was not left to acclimate sufficiently to the temperature and other conditions in the room before the floor fitting job. Last but not least, if the floor was laid on a subfloor with damp issues, this would also result in floorboard gaps later on.
But why can gaps between the floorboards be a problem? See below what issues they can cause:
- Dust and dirt accumulation in between the floorboards;
- Pest infestations, due to insects hiding and breeding in the floor gaps;
- Unstable flooring and structural issues;
- Bad thermal insulation and loss of energy;
- Unaesthetically looking wood floor;
- Faster deterioration of the flooring;
- Noisy flooring (squeaky sounds when walking);
- Risk of tripping and injuries, due to warped floorboards with gaps in between;
- Compromised soundproof insulation.
So, to avoid the need for a complete hardwood floor repair and restoration service, you’ll be better off booking a FREE on-site floor survey and resort to a professional gap filling service if need be.
Note that if your floor is beyond repair and there are too many and too wide gaps between the floorboards, as well as cracks, holes and so on, then it will be more cost-effectively to consider a new wood floor installation.