Is it just me, or is it getting colder? After this ridiculously wet summer, it already seems to be autumn. About time we start to sort out some of the remaining insulation and heating issues our house still haves.
We have already insulated under our most of our ground floor (you can read about that here),
we’ve added extra insulation in the loft, replaced some windows and sealed the gaps around the remaining existing windows.
We have also replaced the living room fireplace.
You can read about our new fireplace here.
One of the main areas still in need of an upgrade, is the gap between the skirting and floor boards. Although this isn’t the most exciting work ever, it actually pays for itself within about a year.
As you already know, we removed most of our carpets even before moving in.
You can read more about how disgusting they were here. Although this really didn’t do much for our heating bills – if you add up all the gaps between the skirting and floor, the area adds up to about the area of a small window – it was really necessary.
Initially, we tried caulking the gaps between the skirting and floorboards, but it turned out to be rather messy, as the gaps were all different sizes, sometimes they were too large and the caulk would fall through to the cellar beneath. Caulk also doesn’t tolerate much movement, so that over time it would rip and get dirty.
After having our floors sanded and varnished, we didn’t want to risk messing them up again with caulk, so we decided to use some window sealing tape to fill the gaps.
The tape we used is called weatherstrip and seals gaps from 2-8 mm. Make sure the tape is at least as thick as the gap you are looking to fill, as it will automatically expand to the thickness of the joint once it is in place.
We opted for black tape, so that it wouldn’t be visible once in the gap.
It takes just minutes to complete a room, as all you have to do it push it into place with a stripping knife. The tape then automatically expands to the thickness of the space and, because the tape has expanded, it stays firmly in place.
We should probably point out, that there are specialist tapes available for this job, but we found that this cheaper option works really well. According to the Energy Saving Trust, filling the gap between skirting and floor boards will save around £20 a year in heating costs.
And here is the filled gap.
You can just about make out the tape. It’s pretty much invisible, unless you lie on the floor and stare at the skirting board that is!