While we’re still busy insulating our cellar ceiling/ ground floor floor, we thought it’s probably about time to share some of our other insulating and house warming efforts with you.
While insulating our floors should hopefully help keep our rooms nice and cosy and save on our energy bills, there’s not much point in installing a load of insulation under the floors if we leave huge gaps between the skirting and floorboards in the rooms above.
Luckily sealing the gap is a much quicker and much, much cleaner job than tearing down our cellar ceiling.
Whatever you do, don’t be tempted to fill the gap with caulk! (Trust us, we tried it)
Whilst the caulk would temporarily seal the gap and stop the air flow, it has pretty much no insulating properties. Also, if you have wooden floorboards, your floors move a bit and over time the caulk will tear.
If that’s not enough of a reason for you, the caulk gets really dirty – it is around the floor after all – and within a short space of time just looks messy.
The much quicker, cleaner, more effective and easier way is to fill the gap with draught excluding tape. It comes in different thicknesses and colours, and usually has one sticky side which helps it stay in place.
Filling the gap couldn’t be easier. All you have to do, is squash the tape into the gap with a stripping knife. It’ll blend into the joint and be invisible. It’ll just look like the shadow gap that was there before.
If you choose tape that’s at least as thick as the gap it’ll automatically expand to the required thickness and completely seal the gap.
Not only is it pretty much invisible, but (in contrast to caulk) it’s also completely maintenance free. And it still gets better, according to the Energy Savings Trust it also saves around £20 on your annual heating bills, so the upgrade should pay for itself within about a year!
We already sealed the gaps around our living room floors last year and it made a huge difference. Are you insulating your home this winter? Do you have any home improvement tips that save money?