We love wood floors and all the benefits that come with installing them in your home, but just how do they hold up when the weather starts to change? With summer well and truly out of the way it’s time to think about keeping your home warmer during the latter months of the year.
Yes, wooden floors are beautiful and they’re durable but as the weather gets colder they can pose a bit of a problem. “How?” I hear you ask, well, they can become really draughty which is not ideal, especially as the temperatures drop. The main culprit when it comes to draughty floors tends to lie between the floor boards and along the skirting board.. once you’ve identified where the draught is coming from then it’s time to take action!
When it comes to the skirting board one of the most popular and cheapest methods used to prevent a draught is to apply silicone to the gaps between the floor and skirting board itself. This is pretty easy to do and it doesn’t need to be done by a professional either, you just have to use your common sense – not too difficult!
If you have original hardwood floors then you know what a stunning addition they can be, but you’ll also know how draughty and cold they can get. Of course we understand that you may not wish to replace such a classic feature so it’s important to work around this, without causing any damage to the floor. There are a number of products available on the market that can help prevent draughts in your floor, they all have a pretty similar concept and are produced as quite ‘squishy tubes’ and developed on the ideology that due to their flexibility they can be pushed into the gap and prevent any air from seeping through. There is always a more traditional method of making a papier-mâché from shredded newspaper and wallpaper adhesive to stuff down the gaps, however this is a very messy and time-consuming process and isn’t really recommended unless you’re planning on carpeting over the floorboards.
A really simple and quick way of draught-proofing your floor is to consider adding a thick, large rug. That way you can add the carpet effect without actually covering the entire floor, rugs are also great for making a room feel nice and cosy, which is exactly what you want as the weather takes a turn for the worse. The great thing about investing in a rug is that you can personalise it in accordance with your decor and you aren’t restricted to just one design, for example you could buy a big shaggy one for the winter and a more contemporary, light one for summer.
Once you have the draughts under control it may be worth your while to invest in underfloor heating, this wont only mean that your floor is free of draughts but also feels like heaven under your feet. It is important to stress that not all types of wood flooring are compatible with underfloor heating, you should always check with a professional if you have any queries about your floors suitability with underfloor heating.