Some while ago I laid some pine floorboards. Due to shrinkage, there are
some gaps of varying sizes that have opened up between the boards. These
vary from no gap to a matter of a few millimetres.
Can anyone give me some advice as to how to fill/ what to fill these gaps
with to get a smooth floor. Some ideas I have had include wood filler,
papier mache, silicone (possibly too soft). My intention would be to fill
the gaps and then re-varnish the floor.
In my experience, nothing fills the gaps without showing. Part of the reason
for varnishing floorboards is to get the natural look which is great when
you have gaps. But of course you then have the draught problem. If you fill
them, it does'nt look as good and stands out a mile.
Thanks for this. Yes, I can appreciate most of what you say. Fortunately we
don't have a draught problem as the tongues on the floorboards prevent this
and none of the gaps are so big that the tongue of one board has come out of
the groove of another.
One thing I might try is to put in some fillets of wood (same wood as the
floorboards) in the bigger gaps and simply leave the smaller gaps alone.
Could be time consuming though!
I have heard of packing the gaps with newspapers that have been well soaked.
Professionally, gaps in parquet floors are filled with wood dust from a
sander mixed with a resin
and then sanded down. Resin obtained from a floor laying company.
I have seen this done. Again it does'nt look very good. This subject has
been discussed several times on this group and there does'nt seem to be an
overall answer, apart from taking up and relaying.
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